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Real Talk: Engaging Diversity Through Intergroup Dialogue

Monday, January 21, 2013 8:30am to 1pm

Martin Luther King Day of Dialogues -- Intersections of Race with Gender and Class

Wachman Hall, Ground Level

The Real Talk-MLK Day of Dialogues consists of two 3 hour dialogues focused on race as it intersects with gender and class. These two dialogues should bring about a deeper understanding of how race, gender and class impact the lives of individuals and groups. The primary objective of the dialogues is to learn from others through sharing knowledge, perspectives and personal narratives in order to enhance participants' multicultural competency, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. Real Talk is geared towards professionals and advanced graduate and professional school students.

The Race-Gender Dialogue will allow participants to engage in a dialogue exploring how the intersection of their racial and gender identities impact their lives on an individual, institutional and social levels. Participants will be able to dialogue about how their racial-gender identities influences significant choices and outcomes related to their personal and professional lives. Potential dialogue topics include:

  • Why do African American women sometimes choose to work with African American men to fight against racism and not work with other women to fight against sexism?
  • Is masculinity defined differently for Latino American men than it is for White men?
  • How does Asian American women's identity impact their high marriage rate to White men?

The Race-Class Dialogue will explore how the intersectionality of race and class/socio-economic status confound issues of racial and class identity, power and privilege. Potential dialogue topics include:

  • Is there some value in working class African American, Latino/a American and Whites forging alliances against their middle class bosses?
  • How is the American Dream defined differently because of one's racial identity?
  • Does middle class success limit the impact of racism?

Each person registering for Real Talk will select either the Race-Gender Dialogue or the Race-Class Dialogue. During the online registration process, registrants will be asked to select the dialogue they would like to participate in based on their individual preferences. There must be a mininum of 12 people to have a dialogue on a topic with an even number of people from the target and agent groups.

Registration Deadline is Friday, January 11, 2013.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

    • Registration/Continential Breakfast: 8:30-8:45
    • Welcome: 8:45-9
    • Dialogue: 9-12
    • Lunch: 12-1 - On Your Own. Tickets for lunch at Temple's Esposito Dining Center can be purchased for $8 onsite.

REGISTRATION

Registration Cost: $20. For Temple University employees and graduate and professional school students the registration fee is $5. We do have an EARLY BIRD rate of $10 (free for Temple registrants) for those who register by January 4. Please register online. Checks and money orders will be accepted for payment.

Step One: Please first register for the symosium by clicking here.

Step Two: To pay by check or money order, click here for an Invoice for Payment to send in your payment by mail.

FACILITATOR INFORMATION-LINK

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Tchet Dorman, Director, Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education, Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership. E-mail: tchet@temple.edu. Phone: 215-204-5509.

 

Comments from participants in the May 21, 2010 Engaging Diversity, Keeping It Real Symposium:

  • My participation has allowed me to critic and challenge my own beliefs, values, and prejudices in a more realistic and critical matter. The dialogues also helped me to better understand others who differ from me.
  • This is the first time in many years that I have participated in a discussion about race or diversity. Past times were not well facilitated and I ended up feeling hurt. It was healing to know that it is possible to talk about race in a positive way, although it is a hard conversation and messy. I also learned more about how racism affects people.
  • I thought the symposium allowed a variety of people to interactively explore individual thoughts and beliefs about others and also self defining notions. The interactive component helped solidify or deconstruct a personal belief that one may have held for others or self.

To read all the evalution comments, please click here.