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Talking About Race Effectively

In Living Room Conversations, a small group of people (ideally six) come together to get to know one another in a more meaningful way. Guided by a simple and sociable format, participants practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another, rather than trying to debate the topic at hand.

  • Race and Racialized Identity

"Racial Identity Development"

Model Source: Derald Wing Sue. Multidimensional facets of cultural competence. The Counseling Psychologist. 2001;29(6):790–821 and Sue DW, Sue D. Counseling the Culturally Different: Theory and Practice. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1999. Racial/cultural identity development models; pp. 235–242.

  • Race and Racialized Identity
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"Statement on Race"

From the American Anthropological Association. In the United States both scholars and the general public have been conditioned to viewing human races as natural and separate divisions within the human species based on visible physical differences. With the vast expansion of scientific knowledge in this century, however, it has become clear that human populations are not unambiguous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups.

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"When You Say You 'Don't See Race', You’re Ignoring Racism, Not Helping to Solve It"

Race is such an ingrained social construct that even blind people can ‘see’ it. To pretend it doesn’t exist to you erases the experiences of black people. By Zach Stafford, The Guardian.

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"Teaching Young Children about Race"

By Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, this is a practical guidance to early childhood educators (including parents) for confronting barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, it includes tips for adults and children to respect each other, themselves, and all people.

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"Let's Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students"

Founded in 1991, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school
experiences for our nation’s children.

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"The Invention of Race"

This history special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world -- when "there was no notion of race," as historian Nell Irvin Painter puts it -- up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people (despite the "all men are created equal" language of the Declaration of Independence). Relying on the work of Painter, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram Kendi, and a recorded workshop presentation by the Racial Equity Institute.

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"Taking Race Out of Human Genetics"

Written by Michael Yudell, Dorothy Roberts, Rob DeSalle, Sarah Tishkoff. In the wake of the sequencing of the human genome in the early 2000s, genome pioneers and social scientists alike called for an end to the use of race as a variable in genetic research. Unfortunately, by some measures, the use of race as a biological category has increased in the postgenomic age. by Michael Yudell, Dorothy Roberts, Rob DeSalle, Sarah Tishkoff

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"Improving Cultural Competence: Stages of Racial and Cultural Identity Development"

The development of culturally responsive clinical skills is vital to the effectiveness of behavioral health services. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), cultural competence “refers to the ability to honor and respect the beliefs, languages, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of individuals and families receiving services, as well as staff members who are providing such services. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 59, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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"RACE ≠ DNA: If Race Is a Social Construct, What's Up With DNA Ancestry Testing?"

The concept of race is the elephant
in the collective American living room.
It affects how we think about virtually
every aspect of our society and culture—and yet we struggle to talk about
or even define it. By Joseph L. Graves.

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