Racial Dialogue Series

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Embracing the Suck: Leaning into Tough Conversations

Participating in tough conversations is not easy. Let’s face it, tough conversations are just that — TOUGH. They tend to trigger emotional pressure points, causing emotions to run high, and make those involved uncomfortable — which can lead to hurt feelings, dissention, and disengagement. Join us as we discuss foundational skills that will equip you to lean into tough conversations around race.

  • Tough Conversations: De-escalation Training

    2-Part Series
    Thursday, January 28 & Thursday, February 4
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - Noon (CT)

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    De-escalation Training is 2, 2-hour sessions that focus on building skills to become effective at de-escalating and defusing emotional and stressful situations. These sessions focus on understanding and managing your response to stress, understanding and managing the stress of others, and learning effective de-escalation strategies.

    Program Facilitator: Tiffany Lemons, MPA, Senior Organization Development Consultant, IU Human Resources

    Tiffany Lemons has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and leadership development. She has worked in both the nonprofit sector and the higher education sector. Through this work she has developed skills and expertise in a myriad of areas including conflict resolution, de-escalation, team building, assessing and developing organizational cultures, and leadership.

  • Intergroup Dialogue: Having Difficult Conversations about Race & Other Identities

    4-Part Series
    Wednesdays, February 10-March 3
    1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) / Noon-2:00 p.m. (CT)

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    Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) provides a unique forum to explore issues related to social identities. IGD engages in conversations focused on creating understanding. It works through the conflicts and differences that exist based on social identities. This sustained dialogue process involving four carefully structured progression steps allows participants to discuss important, yet uncomfortable, issues in a safe, supportive environment.

    The four-part course is structured to help participants learn, practice, and leave knowing how to have difficult conversations with local partners, communities, and within personal relationships.

    Program Facilitators: Daniel Griffith, Director, Intergroup Dialogue Programs and Conflict Resolution, IUPUI; Angela Reese, Healthy IU Work Life Consultant; Tasha Rihm, Healthy IU Work Life Intern