Featuring Eric Dozier, musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator,
and Homa Tavangar, co-founder of The Big Questions Institute.
THE BIG IDEA: DIVERSITY IS NOT THE GOAL
Indeed, the plantation was diverse. The key to overcoming the diversity deception lies in building meaningful relationships, and in honoring the human spirit. This interactive workshop is meant unlock the mindsets and skill sets that help us go deeper than diversity.
The BIG Question
How can we reimagine justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools?
Speaking up with courage and confidence, as an ally and supporter of equity and inclusion, or when suddenly faced with an aggression or micro-aggression, takes confidence born of practice, deep empathy, and getting informed. In this four-hour workshop you'll learn some key principles, techniques and talking points for embracing, not avoiding, the difficult conversations around differences, starting with small, doable action steps that anyone, from any background can take. We will also explore how key terms like diversity and empathy are used generously in schools with little examination of the conditions necessary to bring either to full expression. In addition to building racial literacy, this session integrates live music and storytelling to stimulate empathy and activate the imagination needed to transform our educational environments.
In this four-hour workshop, we'll focus on
BIG Questions such as:
What is the Diversity Deception and how does it impact schools and organizations?
How can schools move beyond lofty diversity and inclusion statements toward meaningful actions?
Why are good intentions not enough? How do we move from intent to impact?
How does expanding racial literacy help us “stay in the room” during uncomfortable conversations?
Why does recognizing “the presence of whiteness” matter?
What attitudes help us practice deeper empathy, even if we have been conditioned in spaces devoid of diversity?
What are the five elements of building real relationship?
About Eric Dozier
Eric Dozier is a musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. He is a founding faculty member at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Eric serves as a Museum Educator for the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music to be built in Nashville, TN and has recently launched the Young People's Freedom Song Initiative. Together with Homa Tavangar, Eric is co-founder of OnenessLab. He has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, and has been a featured artist at the United Nations. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania. Learn more about Eric’s work at www.ericdozier.com
June 24, 2023 from 9 am to 1 pm US ET
Can't attend live? Register anyway and we'll send you a link to the archived recording.