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It’s Monumental: Values & Agreements

 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. We recognize that many people face systemic obstacles due to their perceived race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other intersecting identities. This platform strives to support all participants’ desires to share their lived experiences and voice their perceptions.

Dialogue. The goal of this project is to stimulate productive dialogues.  Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding. Dialogue invites discovery. It develops common values and allows participants to express their own Interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, people are learning to work together to improve race relations.

Critical Multicultural Consciousness: The process of cultivating critical multicultural consciousness encourages us to embrace an expansive understanding of the social, political, cultural, and economic constructs derived from the legacies of European colonialism that inscribe systemic oppression against Black Indigenous People of Color and other marginalized groups.  Only by expanding, embracing, and analyzing many cultural perspectives can we determine effective actions to counter racism and oppression.

Mindful Communication: Our intention to cultivate a more just and peaceful society requires all communication to be engaged with a sense of mindfulness that invites listening, curiosity, empathy, and awareness of the impact of our words and tone.  We strive to be fully present, open and non-judgmental, and relate to others with compassion.

Curiosity: We encourage our participants to enter this experience with an authentic and open curiosity to understand new and unfamiliar experiences and perspectives.

Discomfort: Experiencing multiple perspectives and cultural differences often make us feel uncomfortable.  Embracing discomfort is a necessary step towards expanding awareness and knowledge of our complex society.  

Brave Space: We expect all participants to contribute to the creation of a collective brave space that empowers people to speak their truths mindfully without fear of judgment, harassment, or retribution.  

Language: Artful communication employs language deliberately to convey experiences and perspectives with significant impact.  Explicit language constitutes an authentic aspect of human experience and expression and may be included in submitted material; however we highly discourage it in any dialogue forums.  All forms of “Hate Speech” are unacceptable and antithetical to the goals of this project.  

Agreements for Dialogue

 

  • Goals:
    • Broader understanding
    • Building Community
    • Immediate actions
    • Solutions
  • Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.
  • Respect: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.
  • Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade
  • Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.
  • Sincerity: Speak what has personal heart and meaning.
  • Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

 

Some Useful Definitions 

Race is an arbitrary (specious, false) socio/biological construct created by Europeans during the time of worldwide colonial expansion and adapted in the political and social structures of the United States, to assign human worth and social status, using themselves as the model of humanity, for the purpose of legitimizing White power and White skin privilege.·

 – Joseph Barndt. Understanding and Dismantling Racism

Racism is a powerful collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity and are substantiated by racist ideas. Antiracism is a powerful collection of antiracist policies that lead to racial equity and are substantiated by antiracist ideas.

– Ibram X. Kendi How to Be an Antiracist –

Racial Oppression occurs in many forms and has many dimensions. It can be:

  • Systemic and Individual 
  • Passive and Active 
  • Conscious and Unconscious

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