A Process for Stopping Racist Behaviors: Creating Safe Dialogue

To add a paper, Login.

As we increasingly come face to face with peoples from every arc of the globe (it has no corners, you see), we bring with us the baggage of our racial conditioning that is the legacy of every human population. Even knowing we are all children of one creator/creation, we are prevented from interacting as with equals when the other does not look or act like us. Effective, efficient and fair globalization demands that we treat one another as equals of equal value. To do so, in spite of our racial conditioning, we need to engage in a special form of dialogue that requires achieving a deeper level of listening that can be taught. In a group of forty or fewer diverse individuals, we will create a space in which it will be safe to enter and interact with one another as we do with our peers.

Keywords: Dialogue, Healing Racism, Unaware Racism, Internalized Racism, Subtle Racism, Aversive Racism
Stream: Race and Racism
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: A paper has not yet been submitted.

Dr. Saundra (Sandy) Boyd

Professor and Co-Director, Behavioral and Social Science, Psychology 
Co-Director of Center for Healing Racism 
Director of Service Learning, Houston Community College

Houston, TX, USA

I have been teaching psychology in Houston, Texas 26 years and Co-Director of the Center for Healing Racism for six years, including Introductory Psychology, Lifespan Development, Human Sexuality, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. For 15 years I've been affiliated with the Center for Healing Racism, created a course in Psychology of Racism. When I experienced Dialogue:Racism at the Center for Healing Racism, my world changed, and I began to know we can all get along. Since then my goal has been to expose as many people as possible to this life-changing experience. In the 18 years of the existence of the Center, over 30,000 people have experienced its programs. This past decade, we have presented workshops almost yearly at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

Ref: D08P0042