Conversation Circle: Talking About Race – Part 2 (OPEN)

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.

During the month of August we will discuss Building Community.

August Guide – PLEASE VIEW/ READ THESE BEFORE WE MEET FOR EACH SESSION

All resources for the month of August can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/community-building

August 13 – (Approx. 45 min)

Read “Community Building” Intro (1 min)
Watch Desmond Tutu “Who We Are: Human Uniqueness and the African Spirit of Ubuntu” (4 min)
Complete “Stop and Think”; Read “The Importance of Community Building”; Read “Community Building in Equity Work”; Complete “Stop and Think” (13 min)
Read “Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces” (1min)
Watch “Safe Spaces” (2 min)
Read “The Power of Storytelling” (1 min)
Watch Brene Brown, “Ther Power of Vulnerability” (21 min)
Watch “An Introduction to Story Corps” (3 min)

August 24 – (Approx. 50 min)

Complete “Stop and Thinks”; Read “The Courageous Conversation Compass” and “Gratitude” (8 mins)
Watch “Not in our Town: Manhattan Beach” (13 min)
Watch Stephen Jon Thompson TED Talk “Creating a Community and Finding Purpose” (14 min)
Watch “If Cities Could Dance” (3 min)
Watch Story Corps “I Remember Never Saying Hi” (3 min)
Watch the “60-second strategy” videos (2 min)
Watch John McKnight “Let’s Think” (4 min)
Read and Consider “Let’s Talk” and “Let’s Act” (5 min)

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*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.

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Conversation Circle: Talking About Race – Part 1 (OPEN)

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.

During the month of August we will discuss Building Community.

August Guide – PLEASE VIEW/ READ THESE BEFORE WE MEET FOR EACH SESSION

All resources for the month of August can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/community-building

August 13 – (Approx. 45 min)

Read “Community Building” Intro (1 min)
Watch Desmond Tutu “Who We Are: Human Uniqueness and the African Spirit of Ubuntu” (4 min)
Complete “Stop and Think”; Read “The Importance of Community Building”; Read “Community Building in Equity Work”; Complete “Stop and Think” (13 min)
Read “Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces” (1min)
Watch “Safe Spaces” (2 min)
Read “The Power of Storytelling” (1 min)
Watch Brene Brown, “Ther Power of Vulnerability” (21 min)
Watch “An Introduction to Story Corps” (3 min)
August 24 – (Approx. 50 min)

Complete “Stop and Thinks”; Read “The Courageous Conversation Compass” and “Gratitude” (8 mins)
Watch “Not in our Town: Manhattan Beach” (13 min)
Watch Stephen Jon Thompson TED Talk “Creating a Community and Finding Purpose” (14 min)
Watch “If Cities Could Dance” (3 min)
Watch Story Corps “I Remember Never Saying Hi” (3 min)
Watch the “60-second strategy” videos (2 min)
Watch John McKnight “Let’s Think” (4 min)
Read and Consider “Let’s Talk” and “Let’s Act” (5 min)

Your Fall School Plan

Regardless of your plan for the upcoming school year, you likely have questions about how to best navigate this next phase with your family.

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Conversation Circle: Being Anti-Racist Part 2 (PUBLIC)

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.

During the month of July we will discuss Being Anti-Racist.

All resources for the month of July can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

July Guide – PLEASE VIEW/ READ THESE BEFORE WE MEET FOR EACH SESSION

July 18 – How to Be Antiracist (approx. 25 min)

Read “Being Antiracist Intro” & “Implicit Bias/ Structural Racism” Chart (5 min)
Watch “How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi” (2 min)
Read “As a White Person or Person of Color, Read more about becoming Antiracist” (12 min)
Read “A Questioning Frame of Mind” (3 min)
July 29 – Overcoming Implicit Biases & Antiracism at the Institutional Level (approx. 35 min)

Watch Verna Myers “How to Overcome our Biases: Walk Boldly Towards Them” (18 min)
Read “Example of Being Antiracist at the Institutional Level” (4 min)
Read “9 Important Elements of Antiracist Education” (3 min)
Read and Reflect: “Stop and Think” and “Let’s Reflect” (5+ min)
Watch two video clips on Implicit Bias (5 min)
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*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.

Please contact info@herhealthcollective.com with any questions.

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