MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
The U.S. is Racist
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
(Administrators and Trustees)
Round 1 only
Lenny Walker, Director of Programming, Point Made Learning
Catherine Wigginton Greene, Executive Director of Content and Engagement, Point Made Learning
The U.S. is racist. We all know it. So what are we going to do about it? We try to talk with family members, friends, and colleagues but are we really helping solve the problem, or are we making it worse? There's no easy way to do this, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't start somewhere. In this interactive session, filmmaker-educator-activists André Robert Lee and Catherine Wigginton Greene will share the savvy communication techniques they've learned from traveling with their film, "I'm Not Racist... Am I?" and leading hundreds of anti racism workshops in communities across the U.S. They'll guide audience members on how to engage in productive dialogue and then help them build a distinct action plan. We can all get better at having tough conversations, so let's get to it.
Too many people are more concerned with the label "RACIST" than they are with RACISM and we will not make any real progress on dismantling racist systems if we don't first push past this. We can work through this if we: 1) Identify the labels we assign ourselves; 2) Understand why we assign these labels; 3) Make a distinction between when these labels empower and inspire vs. when they become excuses or credentials; and 4) Interrupt the tendency to focus on our labels over our actions.
During the workshop, we will focus on 3 things participants can do to understand their part in the conversation and how as individuals we can do something about racism. 1) Participants will identify how it hurts us and how it can helps us when we're trying to do something about racism. 2) Participants will define the In-Between - the dark space between who we say we are and what we do. 3) Participants will set their Guiding Lights to help us navigate those moments we find ourselves in that dark space.
is Director of Programming for Point Made Learning and, as a trained facilitator, he has led hundreds of workshops and screenings "The Prep School Negro" and "I’m Not Racist… Am I?" around the country, bringing his unique perspective to the conversation – having been born in the Caribbean and moving to the U.S as a pre-teen. Lenny’s background is in the music business, and he loves all things musical, making a contribution to his local community through his work with the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and with a group called Mission 2 Manhood, where he is a mentor to 13-year old young men navigating the journey to manhood.
Catherine Wigginton Greene
writes, directs, and produces Point Made Learning's films and oversees the creation of programming that accompanies films so that viewers can connect more deeply with the subject matter. She is a trained journalist and directed the documentary "I'm Not Racist... Am I?" which followed a diverse group of teens through a yearlong exploration of race and racism and created Look Deeper: Race, which uses the documentary as the foundation of the online antiracism course. She travels the U.S. leading workshops and facilitating dialogue about race and racism.
Catherine is aso presenting "
Was it Something I Said?
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