2021 Racism Workshops
What Stands Between Us: Racism Workshops
To be announced.
This workshop addresses race in America and in the Mohawk Valley. The purpose is to raise our awareness about the impact racism has in our lives – even when we may not be aware of it. Many people have not been offered the opportunity to have an honest dialogue about race relations. This is that opportunity.
Facilitator Patrick Johnson 315-601-6002
WHAT STANDS BETWEEN US?
These workshops address the issue of racism in America and more importantly here in the Mohawk Valley. The purpose is to raise our awareness about the impact racism has in our lives – even when we may not be aware of it. The presenter creates an atmosphere that allow all participants to share their experiences and concerns. Participants are given an opportunity to have an authentic conversation; one that is intended to be enriching and insightful. There are also opportunities for offering solutions for a better community. One of the primary purposes of these workshop is to heighten our awareness as to how present racism is in the workplace and other areas of our life...even when we may not notice. Many people have not been offered the opportunity to have an honest dialogue about race relations. These offer that opportunity.
We explore what it means to be White, Black, Asian, Latino/a. What are your experiences given the racial identity that you hold? What stands between us? Although many would say that race relations have gotten better in America, what are the unresolved issues that keep us disconnected? One of the best things we can do for starters is begin to have honest conversations. It's often what we don't talk about that often produces polarization.
The participants in this forum will be fueled with new insight that will help them create a warmer and more welcoming work environment. These discussions are thought provoking and engaging. We will not only gain a better understanding of others, but more importantly ourselves. In doing so, we find genuine ways to connect with people who are different from us, because we have been willing to ask the questions that help bring a better understanding of different groups. These workshops have proven to be an eye opener for many, also liberating and empowering.