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Continuing the Conversation on Race resumes with Lisa D. Walker

The UCOP Learning and Development and Culture, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion teams are once again partnering to produce a new set of workshops in the popular Continuing the Conversation on Race discussion series. The theme of these sessions is: Putting anti-racist theories into action — how to live, work and lead as an anti-racist. Each session will provide an opportunity for participants to explore questions that can help inform their approaches to anti-racist leadership and collectively strengthen an anti-racist culture at UCOP.

These sessions will be led by Lisa D. Walker, M.A., a senior consultant with the Equity Consulting Group and former director of equity and inclusion at UC Berkeley. Walker has more than 20 years’ experience engaging groups in effective dialogue and training. Her expertise includes cultural fluency, implicit bias, equity, diversity and inclusion, team building and conflict and communication models. She recently led focus groups at UCOP on behalf of the Anti-Racism Task Force.

Please select each course name below to register.

Leading the fearful and the fatigued: A discussion for managers addressing racial equity
Feb. 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • What does the current focus on racial equity ask of leaders?
  • How can we lead in ways that are inclusive of everyone, when individual experiences and perspectives about addressing racism may vary greatly?
  • What do we need to sustain and support ourselves when we are leading in this area?

Framing conversations about race at work
Feb. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • How can we acknowledge the impact of our lived experiences on how we talk about race at work? What helps? What creates more obstacles?
  • What awareness, knowledge and skills are helpful for creating conversations that are bold, authentic and growth-oriented?
  • How can leaders determine which approaches to talking about race and racism will best serve their team?

Beyond Either/Or
Feb. 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • How can we keep a focus on both Black racial equity and equity needs for other identities?
  • What is challenging and helpful about expanding the focus of the equity conversation and how can we address that tension?
  • What are the approaches that move us beyond “either/or” to “both/and”?

For new Continuing the Conversation on Race participants

Continuing the Conversation on Race began with an initial series of three sessions this fall, led by author and educator Dr. Rachelle Rogers-Ard, executive director of People, Leadership and Development with the Alameda County Office of Education. These sessions provided participants with a background on the theories and history surrounding racism and anti-Blackness in the United States.

Video recordings of Dr. Rogers-Ard’s sessions are available for on-demand learning through the UC Learning Center. We encourage staff who plan to attend the upcoming sessions to begin by watching these webinars:

  • The Historical Impact of Race in the US
  • The Concept of Whiteness
  • Anti-Racist Leadership

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