Chats for Change

Activities that spark conversations.

Below is a schedule of events for the Chats for Change program. Please join us for these sessions.

Schedule of Events

July 2020

White Supremacy Culture: How does it work?

Join us as we focus on white supremacy culture, a culture that supports the idea that white people and the ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions of white people are superior to People of Color and their ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. This idea (or ideology) is the glue that binds together institutional policies and practices to create a national and global white supremacy system.

Wednesday, July 8 | 10 am-11 am |  Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 95266007442 

 

The Essential Workforce

Black and Brown Americans are disproportionately victimized by the proliferation of COVID-19, in part due to their role in the workforce. Will our new understanding of “essential workers” cause us to reevaluate the importance of the people we count on in times of crisis?

Wednesday, July 15 | 12-1 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  

Meeting ID: 91691923156

 

Monthly Student Healing Circle**

All students are invited to join the healing circle every third Friday of the month as we create a brave and supportive virtual space for healing

Friday, July 17 | 1-2 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 91623354202

 

Levels of Racism: How does it work?

Join us as we explore the levels of racism and identify how and where we see it operating in ourselves, with each other, in our institution and in society. We’ll collectively examine our thinking of racism as conscious, intentional, overt actions compared to unconscious, covert, and unintentional actions.

Wednesday, July 22 | 12-1 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 95432791913

August 2020

Privilege, Power, & Oppression: How does it work?

Join us to uncover our role in the complex web of unearned access to resources (social power), the ability to decide who has access and control of those resources and the system that maintains advantages and disadvantages based on social group memberships, which operates, intentionally and unintentionally, on individual, institutional, and cultural levels.

Wednesday, August 5 | 12 pm-1 pm |  Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 93295841900

 

White Fragility: How does it work?

Join us as we identify the mindsets, behaviors and practices among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism.

Wednesday, August 12 | 12-1 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  

Meeting ID: 93378737722

 

Making Your Vote Count

We want to know what this election means to you and what we have to lose or gain. 2020 is an important year: the presidential election is approaching, and the census has been conducted. Together, both are vital in shaping policy and allocating funds to communities — join us to examine what minority communities have to lose or gain through these important political times.

Friday, August 21 | 12-1 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 92928750388

 

Monthly Student Healing Circle**

All students are invited to join the healing circle every third Friday of the month as we create a brave and supportive virtual space for healing

Friday, August 21 | 1-2 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 99881594608

 

Equity Lens: How does it work?

Join us as we explore the process for analyzing or diagnosing the impact of decisions and actions on under-served and marginalized individuals and groups, and to identify and potentially eliminate barriers.

Wednesday, August 26 | 12-1 pm | Join Us on Zoom.  
Meeting ID: 93288736692

**It is not our intention is to not exclude staff and faculty from participating in the healing circles. If there is interest, we can include a monthly session for staff and faculty to the schedule. Please email leona.hess@mssm.edu with the request. 

Have questions about these sessions? Email the Guiding Coalition representatives.