Responding to Comments that are Implicitly/Unconsciously Biased: Guidance for African-Americans

Friday, December 2, 2016
9:15am to 12:00pm EST
The Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 800
Most WRAG events are only open to our members. Please refer to the text at left for attendance eligibility.
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For years, African-Americans have left unaddressed comments that unconsciously demean or disparage them. For some, it is a desire to not confront a person who is suspected of meaning no harm. In other instances, it may be a lack of knowledge about how to respond without anger feeding into stereotypes of black men and women. This holding back has had both a psychological and a physical impact. Regardless of the rationale, it is time for this behavior to stop. We must learn how to appropriately acknowledge situations or comments that suggest negative stereotypes or that demean. We must play an active role in educating others to the impact of their words and actions.

In this highly interactive session, role plays to build your ability to address situations will be key. You will leave the session with competency and a new level of comfort in talking about race and in calling out situations that advantage or disadvantage one race over another when they occur. You will have enhanced tools to put racism on the table.

Note: This session is only open to African-Americans. It is recognized that other People of Color suffer from racism and might find a similar session beneficial. After careful thought, it was decided that while having great similarities, there were sufficient differences that might make the conversation less focused and helpful. Your understanding is appreciated.

Robin Gerald, Consultant, White Men as Full Diversity Partners
Pollie Massey, CEO, OMS Consulting and Training

Eligibility & Cost: 

This training is open to African-American members of the region's philanthropic community (board and staff members of grantmaking organizations).

WRAG Members: $75/person. Please register online (if you do not see a registration button at right, make sure you are logged in).

Non-Members: $100/person. Email Rebekah Seder, seder(at), to register.

Space is limited to 25 people on a first come, first served basis.