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How to Talk about Race and Other Tricky Topics with Nuance, Strategy, and Grace

  • Leadership Tomorrow 1301 5th Avenue, Suite 1500 Seattle United States (map)

While many of us appreciate honest dialogue about social justice, talking about sensitive social issues can make the best of us shy, awkward, and downright uncomfortable. Oftentimes, we worry we might offend or say something wrong, so we swallow our discomfort and stay silent. Imagine: what if things could be different? How might we approach and facilitate conversations on race, power, privilege, sexuality, religion, and gender with more nuance, strategy, and grace?

This workshop presents various techniques to help you become a better facilitator on social justice issues. Our workshop provides skills and tools to more confidently navigate a range of communication scenarios related to race, racial equity, and other sensitive issues. Some of the questions we will explore include: where does discomfort come from, and how might we navigate it better? How can we say what we need to say without the attendant anxiety or apprehension that accompanies high stakes conversations? Please join us as we share productive communication strategies, and chart a few proactive steps toward more open, inclusive, and honest environments. 

Event Schedule

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Networking, Appetizers
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Program

Tickets: $25-$50

In an effort to be more inclusive, we are offering a sliding scale for tickets. Registration fees enable LT to dedicate the time and resources to plan and host alumni events.


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Facilitator Bio
Dr. Anu Taranath brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator, and educator. A professor at the University of Washington for the past 18 years, she teaches about global issues, race, gender, and equity. A four-time member of Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, Anu has also receive the Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle" recognition, the UW's Distinguish Teaching Award, and multiple US Fulbright Fellowships to work abroad.

Anu understands that "diversity" and "racial equity" are often placeholders for unsettling and challenging concepts, and creates space for folks to feel heard, plugged in, and invested. She invites participants to consider their identities, lives, and communities from a broader perspective -- mindful of hierarchies and history -- but always with an eye toward collaboration, solidarity, and social justice. As a consultant and facilitator, Anu engages colleges, universities, community organizations, and government agencies to deepen people's comfort with uncomfortable topics and work toward equity and social justice. Her book Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World is forthcoming in Spring 2019.


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