There is so much that is unspoken in this country about race issues. Throughout this workshop, we will explore how to have this dialogue on race and racism in a way that will lead to more intimate and honest conversations and relationships with one another. We will confront some of the issues that keep us all from talking to one another. This gathering is also about discovering new ways to begin that conversation- creating a bridge to talk about our differences, exploring what opens us up and what closes us down, and finally, looking at 101 ways to become culturally competent in our relationships and workplaces.
Before we can truly become a multicultural nation, we must have on-going relationships based upon respect and understanding, reflection and curiosity. Our differences and our similarities must be embraced, valued and integrated into the very fabric of our workplaces, communities, schools and governmental institutions. It also means coming to an understanding that awareness and holidays are just the beginning. I hope that you will join us in making this a better world not only for our children, but for ourselves – not by starting tomorrow, but by beginning that conversation today.