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.