Conversation Circle: Exploration of Anti-Asian Racism in the US

Join us for our April Conversation Circle as we discuss three short NPR episodes on the issues of Anti-Asian Racism in the US.
About this Event
Listen to the three NPR clips linked below (approximately 23 minutes total) and then join your fellow moms for a discussion of this very important topic.

The History Of Anti-Asian Sentiment In The U.S (4 minutes)

NPR’s Ailsa Chang talks with Dale Minami, lawyer and former Asian American studies professor at U.C. Berkeley, about the history of anti-Asian sentiment in the United States.

For Asian American Women, Misogyny And Racism Are Inseparable, Sociologist Says (8 minutes)

The implication that racism and sexism are two separate motivations has prompted outrage among Asian American women who say the two have always been inseparable in their experience — especially so in the context of the recent surge in anti-Asian attacks.

It’s Been a Minute: A History Of Anti-Asian Racism (listen to first 11 minutes)

In the wake of Tuesday’s mass shooting in Atlanta, guest host Ayesha Rascoe talks to critical race theorist and professor Jennifer Ho about the history behind anti-Asian racism and what it means to be an Asian woman in America.

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This event is free and open to any mom that would like to join in the conversation. Please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the meeting room link.

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Conversation Circle: Maternal Care, Race & Mortality

Join us for our March Conversation Circle as we discuss two TED Talks on the issues of Maternal Care, Race, & Mortality.
About this Event
View the two TED Talks linked below (approximately 27 minutes total) and then join your fellow moms for a discussion of this very important topic.

Miriam Zoila Pérez’s TED Talk: How Does Racism Affect Pregnant Women And Babies?

Why do pregnant women of color have different health outcomes from their white counterparts? Writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez explains the ways racism manifests for these women and their babies.

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a writer, trained doula, and activist focused on race, health, and gender. Pérez is the founder of the blog Radical Doula, the author of The Radical Doula Guide, and the co-host of the podcasts Tonic and Radio Menea. Pérez advocates for methods that can help diminish disparities in maternal health for women of color. In her TED Talk, she specifically focuses on the work of Jennie Joseph (The JJ Way®), a midwife who provides prenatal care through her Orlando clinic.

Wanda Irving TED Talk: How the US Medical Community Fails Black Mothers

Maternal Care Reformer Wanda Irving had her life turned upside down when she lost her only daughter, Shalon Irving, at the hands of “the covert bias of her medical provider.” As Wanda explains, “that very bias, fueled by structural racism, is the root cause of disparities in health care. That very bias impacted Shalon’s outcome, and caused her to be included in the maternal mortality statistics for 2017.”

In her powerful TEDMED Talk, “How the US medical community fails Black mothers”, Wanda reveals the horrific statistics that feed into the systemic disparities which result in Black women dying at rates almost 300% higher than White women. Today, over 3 years later, Wanda is working to promote accountability measures in postpartum care bills and she invites us to use the full range of our resources to eliminate inequity.

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This event is free and open to any mom that would like to join in the conversation. Please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the meeting room link.

Conversation Circle: Parenting in a Digital Age

Join us as we discuss Sonia Livingstone’s TED Talk “Parenting in the Digital Age.”
About this Event
How can parents ensure their children have a healthy relationship with technology? Social psychologist Sonia Livingstone suggests that the key lies in embracing technology alongside children — and lays out a practical roadmap for how to get there.

Watch the 12 minute TED Talk and then join a fellow group of moms to discuss the issues brought up in the TED Talk.

This event is free and open to the public! We hope you can join us for a great lunchtime conversation circle.

Conversation Circle: 10 Ways to have a Better Conversation

Join us to discuss Celeste Headlee’s TED Talk – 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
About this Event
This virtual conversation circle is free and open to any mom that would like to join the discussion.

Please plan to watch Celest Headlee’s 12-minute TED Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation prior to joining.

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When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

Talking About Race Conversation Circle – Whiteness (Part 2)

Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

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During the month of November, we will be discussing Whiteness.

All resources for November can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness

Wednesday, November 4th 8pm
(Please plan to review the material before we meet. It should take approx. an hour to view/read these items)
Read Whiteness Intro (3 min)
Read White Privilege (5 min)
Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh (5 min)
Watch Deconstructing White Privilege w/ Robin DiAngelo (22 min)
Read White Dominant Culture (5 min)
Watch Bell Hooks on Interlocking Systems of Domination (4 min)
Read Internalization of Whiteness and White Dominant Culture (3 min)
Watch TED Talk: White Men: Time to Discover Your Cultural Blindspots (17 min)
Reflect Questions (5 min)
Monday, November 16th 7pm
(Please plan to review the material before we meet. It should take approx. 45 mins total to view/read these items)
Read Confronting Whiteness (7 min)
Follow Link to “White Fragility” author Robin DiAngelo breaks it down(link is external). Article (7 min) and Video (30 min)
Consider Let’s Think, Talk & Act Questions (10 min)
Watch How to Talk to Kids about Race (3 min)
*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together through open dialogue.

Talking About Race Conversation Circle – Whiteness

Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

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During the month of November, we will be discussing Whiteness.

All resources for November can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness

Wednesday, November 4th 8pm
(Please plan to review the material before we meet. It should take approx. an hour to view/read these items)
Read Whiteness Intro (3 min)
Read White Privilege (5 min)
Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh (5 min)
Watch Deconstructing White Privilege w/ Robin DiAngelo (22 min)
Read White Dominant Culture (5 min)
Watch Bell Hooks on Interlocking Systems of Domination (4 min)
Read Internalization of Whiteness and White Dominant Culture (3 min)
Watch TED Talk: White Men: Time to Discover Your Cultural Blindspots (17 min)
Reflect Questions (5 min)
Monday, November 16th 7pm
(Please plan to review the material before we meet. It should take approx. 45 mins total to view/read these items)
Read Confronting Whiteness (7 min)
Follow Link to “White Fragility” author Robin DiAngelo breaks it down(link is external). Article (7 min) and Video (30 min)
Consider Let’s Think, Talk & Act Questions (10 min)
Watch How to Talk to Kids about Race (3 min)
*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together through open dialogue.