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Eight for Equity! March Roundup

Eight for Equity

Here’s your March Eight for Equity! Post—a roundup of eight of our favorite tools, protocols, and frameworks for leading conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in your school or organization! At CCE, we have spent the last year increasing the frequency and the depth of our own DEI conversations. We invite you to join us on the journey by sharing a few of our favorite resources for facilitating our discussions!

  • Annie E Casey Foundation: Race Matters: How to Talk About Race. This brief, easy-to-use tool acknowledges that conversations about race are difficult to have. The guide features multiple responses to six common scenarios that arise when people try to facilitate conversations about race. Be prepared and take a look at this guide before your next meeting!
  • Center for Research on Teaching and Learning: Guidelines for Discussion of Racial Conflict and the Language of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination. The ability for teachers to facilitate either planned or spontaneous conversations on race and identity is of growing importance. For teachers who are looking for a starting point with the tools, techniques, and structures necessary for meaningful, non-polarizing conversations in classrooms, look no further! This guide provides everything from scenario responses for teachers who are put on the spot to steps for teachers to prepare for planned critical conversations.
  • Center for Social Inclusion: Talking About Race Toolkit. Welcome to the ACT messaging framework for conversations on racial equity. Learn to use this three step process—Affirm, Counter, Transform—to effectively talk about race toward the advancement of racial equity. Added bonuses of this resource: a glossary for talking about race and a comprehensive list of additional resources!
  • Kirwan Institute: Talking about Race Resource Notebook. This all-star resource speaks for itself in answering the question, “What are the consequences if we fail to engage in a transformative dialogue about race?” The notebook reads, “If we continue to avoid a transformative dialogue about race, we run the risk of energizing ‘colorblind racism,’ trivializing social and economic inequality that is fueled by race, and reinforcing prevailing notions of group privilege and social hierarchy. The current dialogue on race is constrained and distorted by fear and a host of misperceptions, incomplete understandings, and negative attitudes. While many of these attitudes are subconscious, they have the power to direct conscious thought and behavior. If we do not engage in a transformative dialogue on race, the conversation on issues like affirmative action and school integration will continue to have polarizing—rather than unifying— outcomes, and our democracy will suffer.”
  • The Opportunity Agenda: Ten Lessons for Talking About Race in the Age of Obama. In this memo, find 10 principles you can use to guide conversation on social justice problems and strategies to generate solutions. This resource is unique in that the “audience half” of conversation participants are intended to be “‘persuadables’—that is, audiences who are neither solidly favorable nor unfavorable on these issues, but are capable of persuasion through the right approaches.”
  • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity): White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Within the SEED model is a strong belief in the benefit of race-based affinity groups for conversations on privilege, inequity, and diversity. One great resource to bring to white affinity spaces is this text from SEED’s founder, Peggy McIntosh. This highly acclaimed personal narrative brings to light the many “invisible” privileges that white people experience every day in America. This resource can spark meaningful conversation about the impact of these privileges and what it would mean not to experience them.
  • School Reform Initiative: Paseo or Circles of Identity Protocol. The School Reform Initiative aptly describes this particular protocol: “When a group would like to examine issues of identity, diversity, beliefs, and values, and would like to begin making connections between who they are and how that shapes their decisions and behaviors, the Paseo can be a tool for initiating the dialogue.” Check out the many more equity-based protocols from the School Reform Initiative here!
  • University of Missouri: Facilitator Guide for Departmental Discussions about Race. Designed within the context of higher education, but relevant for all colleague working groups, this is a getting started guide for discussing race in professional settings. In order to have safe, meaningful, and productive conversations, there are three stages of a meeting this guide helps you consider: before the meeting, starting/framing the meeting, and facilitating during the meeting. And here’s an added bonus from the University of Missouri: tip sheets for talking about identity!


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