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The Color of Culture
Thu, May 11, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
THE COLOR OF CULTURE
Reshaping Ourselves and Our Communities for Racial Equity
Without a shared framework to understand U.S. history and dynamics of power and privilege, institutional and individual hopes and initiatives for a more equitable world can be illusive. What are the unwritten rules of success in U.S. culture? Who determines them? Monitors them? Challenges them? Without making visible the unwritten rules of race, class, gender, religion and other differences, patterns of power and privilege can — despite our best intentions --unknowingly set us up to reproduce them. Join us for a day of transformational learning about how cultural assumptions, communication styles, implicit bias, micro aggressions, and engrained social habits influence our daily experiences and shape our community cultures. Participants will leave with tools to better understand their personal and professional environments as well as to be effective equity change agents.
Tiffany Taylor Smith, M.S. Ed., a cultural competency educator, consultant and founder of Culture Learning Partners. Her work is focused on increasing cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication and building skills to engage in tough cultural conversations across generations. See full bio and publications at culturelearningpartners.com.
Debby Irving, MBA, racial justice educator and writer is author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Her work examines U.S. dominant cultural norms, their ability to undermine best intentions, and what everyone can do to create more equitable communities. See full bio and publications at debbyirving.com.