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Racism Real Talk!


It's time we come together to address racism in our communities and nation! Here are some opportunities to get involved:

 

 To register for the October 20th & 21st Session, please fill out this form.

  • This Talking Circle is a white caucus. Please only register for this round if you identify as white.

  • Sessions are held on Friday from 5:30-8:30pm & Saturday from 9:30am-6pm.

  • Dinner is provided on Friday night. Light breakfast, full lunch and snacks are provided on Saturday.

To register for the November 17th & 18th Session, please fill out this form.

  • This Talking Circle is a people of color caucus. Please only register for this round if you identify as a person of color.

  • Sessions are held on Friday from 5:30-8:30pm & Saturday from 9:30am-6pm.

  • Dinner is provided on Friday night. Light breakfast, full lunch and snacks are provided on Saturday.

About:

The Multicultural Resource Center’s Talking Circles on Race and Racism bring together 12-16 participants for a day and a half program where participants engage in diverse, in-depth activities (dialogue, popular education activities) that dismantle systemic racism, build strategies for resistance and alternatives, and promote healing practices for racial trauma/wounds.

The Talking Circles offer a unique learning community that strengthens participants’ foundational knowledge and capacity to

  • Analyze structural racism & power dynamics in your personal life, social environment, and workplace or organization,

  • Reflect on your own knowledge and understand your experiences differently,

  • Take informed and conscious action to address systemic racism, and

  • Access a support system to sustain collective racial justice in Tompkins County.

Redesigned Talking Circles

The redesigned Talking Circles incorporate feedback generated from a multi-year study assessing the Talking Circle's impact on previous participants as well as feedback from participant focus groups in 2015.  

The Circles are now done over the course of 1.5 days to allow for full immersion in the content and depth of learning. The Circles are also now done in people of color and white caucuses. This comes as a results of participants of color reporting feeling that the Talking Circles functioned largely as an opportunity to help white participants “get it.” MRC hosted focus groups for 2015 participants of color (POC), who said that the Circles didn’t offer an opportunity for many participants of color to work “on our own stuff.” While we do not expect racism, biases, and microaggressions to cease in race alike spaces, we do believe there is a need to offer an opportunity for participants of color and white participants to learn in environments where identity specific needs and experiences can be honored and attended to fully.

Registration:

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. When you register you will receive an email confirming that you are signed up or that you are on the waitlist for the session. If registration for a session is full, you will need to register again for a future session.

Payment:

Talking Circles are now provided on a sliding scale basis. Your payment, based on your income bracket, as defined below, helps sustain this program and provides the opportunity for scholarship for future participants. You will be asked for your payment upon registration. Your payment will be processed through a secure site on the MRC PayPal platform.

MRC is a small, grassroots non-profit and long term sustainability for our programs, campaigns and services depends on contributions from community for the skills, development, and education trainings we provide. MRC has developed a pay scale for individual registration as well as a scale for organizations to contract MRC for a non-public Talking Circle for internal organizational development.

Additionally, MRC now has a sliding scale for organizations interested in sponsoring staff member(s) to attend public Talking Circles. For staff development rates, please contact talkingcircles@multiculturalresourcecenter.org.

Please email talkingcircles@multiculturalresourcecenter.org for scholarship opportunities.

More Information:

You can find out more about the talking circles at multiculturalresourcecenter.org/talkingcircles.

To receive regular announcements about upcoming Talking Circles and other MRC programs, you can sign up for the MRC newsletter here.

If you have any questions, please email talkingcircles@multiculturalresourcecenter.org