Race Together Towards Understanding Each Other’s Humanity

by Dr. Denise O'Neil Green | March 24, 2015 10:00 AM

In this video blog, I discuss Starbuck's #RaceTogether initiative and provide three recommendations for approaches to try in engaging the topic of race via productive dialogue.  These are the books I mentioned in the video:

Earlier this year, Dr. Derald Wing Sue participated in a lively conversation of microaggressions in postsecondary environments and ways to mitigate their occurrence on our campus and in society at Ryerson University in a session entitled "Best Practices and Strategies for Disrupting Microaggressions in Postsecondary Education and Society".  Dr. Sue is one of the foremost authorities and scholars in the areas of microaggressions, multicultural counselling and psychotherapy, psychology of racism and anti-racism, cultural diversity, cultural competence and multicultural organizational development. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race by Derald Wing Sue He defines microaggressions as "the everyday verbal, non-verbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership".   His latest book "Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race" is designed to help people learn to talk about race openly, honestly, and productively.  View the full event's discussion on the Ryerson University Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Desire2Learn Ryecast Capture Portal: http://bit.ly/1Bou6MY

I Want to Hear from You:

What were your thoughts on Starbuck's #RaceTogether initiative and their recent decision to discontinue it?.

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