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Explore the history and impact of race in a new online series

In June, we held UCOP Community Conversations to give colleagues an opportunity to  share thoughts and perspectives on race and racial experiences in a safe space focused on equity and respect. In June, President Napolitano announced measures to promote equity and counter racism at UCOP, including the creation of an Anti-Racism Task Force.

Today, we are excited to build upon these efforts with a new online series — Continuing the Conversation on Race — which will focus on understanding racism at work, the history and impact of systemic racism and how to become an anti-racist leader. Author, educator and executive director of People, Leadership and Development with the Alameda County Office of Education, Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard, will lead the first sessions of this series throughout the month of August.

We will build upon ideas and concepts as the series progresses; however, please join as you are able.

Register for all courses through the UC Learning Center

Continuing the Conversation on Race: Upcoming sessions

Understanding the historical impact of race within the United States
Friday, August 14, 9 – 9:50 a.m. 

Develop a thorough understanding of the laws, policies and practices that became the foundation of anti-Blackness in the U.S.  Participants will learn and share information, then be challenged to apply these concepts to our current racial climate.

The concept of whiteness
Wednesday, August 19, 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Get a deeper understanding of Whiteness, White Fragility and strategies for managing microaggressions. Participants will be challenged to apply the learning to our current racial climate.

Anti-racist leadership: Using SEL to promote understanding
Wednesday, August 26, 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Discover the current leadership skills necessary to become an anti-racist leader. Participants will discover Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) tenets, apply these concepts to a current leadership model and be challenged to shift their personal leadership practice.

For questions regarding these courses, please contact And, access resources from throughout UC regarding creating dialogue around race and coping with racial trauma.

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