Courageous Conversations About Race

 

1. Stay engaged

Staying engaged means “remaining morally, emotionally, intellectually, and socially involved in the dialogue”

 

2. Experience discomfort

This norm acknowledges that discomfort is inevitable, especially, in dialogue about race, and that participants make a commitment to bring issues into the open. It is not talking about these issues that create divisiveness. The divisiveness already exists in the society and in our schools. It is through dialogue, even when uncomfortable, the healing and change begin.

 

3. Speak your truth

This means being open about thoughts and feelings and not just saying what you think others want to hear.

 

4. Expect and accept nonclosure

This agreement asks participants to “hang out in uncertainty” and not rush to quick solutions, especially in relation to racial understanding, which requires ongoing dialogue

 

 

From: 

Couragous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools 

by Glenn E. Singleton

 

 

 

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