Bridging the Divide
Are you desperately longing for ways to bridge the huge racial and ethnic divides in our country? Would you like an opportunity to speak authentically, connect with each other, and really be heard?
Without question, action is needed in order to prevent and address the harm that has been happening for centuries. In parallel, we also need to begin the dialogues that will help black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and white people see past the misinformation and barriers that white supremacy has erected.
Roxy Manning is here to ask the questions: What would it take for BIPOC people to speak authentically about their experiences to white people? If we showed up, what would we want white people to hear? And what would it take for white people to show up and be fully receptive to those conversations?
Using NVC and the concepts from social justice work, Roxy will help create the conditions for this conversation to flow in Authentic Dialogues Across Race & Ethnicity.
In two concurrent four-week courses, white and BIPOC people will meet separately for their own explorations. Following these sessions, there will be three 2-hour dialogues between the two groups.
In the BIPOC group, we will explore:
- Where you're authentic with white people and the places where you're silent
- What needs are driving the strategies you use when you move through white spaces
- What is challenging about your conversations with white people? Where are you happy with how you show up, and where would you like support?
- What you would like to share with white people about your experiences
- What you would like to hear from white people
- How white people can support the experiences of you and other BIPOC people.
In the White group, we will explore:
- Why it is important for white people to bear active witness to the experiences of BIPOC people
- What prevents you from showing up fully with BIPOC people
- What you hope and fear could happen in a dialogue with BIPOC people
- Your patterns of responding when BIPOC people begin to talk to you about their experiences
- What skills you need to show up with presence and intention
- How you can support other white people when they revert to patterns that minimize, negate, or decenter the expressions of BIPOC people.
After both groups have completed their explorations, Roxy will facilitate dialogues centered around fully receiving the experiences of BIPOC people and their impact on all of us. From this place of greater understanding, we can explore how we can show up in interdependence, both to support our individual work and identify collective actions we can take towards creating a more equitable world.
Schedule - Dates & Times:
Part 1: Facilitated group learning space for BIPOC group and White group
April 12, 19, 26, and May 3
BIPOC Group Dialogue - 10:00am – 12:00pm Pacific (California) Time
White Group Dialogue - 1:00 – 3:00pm Pacific (California) Time
Registrations close on April 12, 10:00am Pacific (California) Time
Part 2: A facilitated dialogue between both groups
May 10, 17, and 24
10:00am – 12:00pm
- Video and audio recordings of every session;
- Forum discussion available in the classroom; and
- Lifetime access to the classroom.