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Racial Justice Foundations: Tips and Tactics for All Facilitators - September 25th Webinar

  • 09/25/2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


  • MAFN Webinar presenters for the year
About the session...

As facilitators, our role is to engage the diverse perspectives and experiences of the groups with which we work. No matter the focus of your facilitation practice, having a grounding in how racial dynamics can impact a group is critical to honoring the diversity within groups. Join us for a discussion focused on the foundations of what all facilitators need to know in order to bring awareness of racial dynamics to your facilitation approach.  We'll review realistic scenarios and how to facilitate unexpected conversations in small groups.

Participants will:

  • Explore how racial dynamics can impact all facilitation engagements regardless of the topic
  • Hear top tips and advice that all facilitators can keep in mind as they navigate conversations on race
  • Explore some common scenarios of how race can impact a facilitated event
  • Learn resources and additional opportunities to learn more

This MAFN Webinar will be held 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Eastern Time.

About the Presenters

Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance.  His latest book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. The updated edition of Everyday Bias Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives was published in July 2020.

Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies.  He sold the company in July 2018 and founded Udarta Consulting, LLC.

Whitney Parnell, Founder/CEO, Service Never Sleeps

Whitney Parnell is a Black millennial activist, singer, and the Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps, a nonprofit that empowers individuals and communities to catalyze social justice through service and Allyship. Her movement work involves equipping effective allies through truth-telling, bridge building, empathy, and action. She grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as an activist. Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC after college to serve with City Year, and then work in homeless services, before founding Service Never Sleeps in 2015. Whitney is also a musician, and is releasing a social justice album called “What Will You Do”; with the goal of using empathy through song to ignite action.

1:35-2:15pm: Optional “Happy Hour” discussion on DEI Community of Practice

Optional post-session discussion: Stay with us after the session to discuss possibilities for creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice for facilitators. We want to hear your ideas, what you’d want to learn, and how we might build a community focused on diversity and inclusion for facilitators.

  • No refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the webinar.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
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