Racial Equity Resources
Resources to Start the Conversation in Your Community
The motto of Living Room Conversations is respect, relate, connect. We know that in the pursuit of racial equity, individual conversations are not the final stop in the journey. Conversations can help us better understand individual bias and racism, as well as consider how racism is part of our systems and institutions. We have created this resource page in response to increased demand and desire to have conversations about race.
Our hope is that these conversations and resources will be one step in your process, and that you will use insights gained from the conversations to determine next steps for you and your community.
Our intention with this resource page is to create a space of education, self-discovery, and empowerment.
Watch the highlights of our new in-depth three part conversation series on Race and Ethnicity:
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The traditional format of a Living Room Conversation gives equal time for participants to voice their experiences, and in conversations about race we invite you to be extra mindful and embody the practice of “step up and step back.” Essentially this practice is a reminder to step up and share personal experience with the topic at hand, and step back to make sure others have space.
We acknowledge that many people of color are feeling expected to teach well-meaning white folks. Living Room Conversations are not meant to further that burden upon people of color. In the past we have worked to encourage and curate conversations about race with ethnically and racially diverse groups. There is also value in people having conversations among themselves with others who share similar backgrounds. This is a great place to start.
Guides for Conversations About Race
We’ve prepared some conversation guides specifically for this time; we also have conversation guides that are relevant now more than ever.
In this series of three in-depth conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life.
Check out these conversations at the button below.
Relevant Conversation Guides
Educational Resources for Talking About Race
Our conversation guides have always been a tool for individual connection, but we recognize that talking about race goes beyond individuals to systems. Because of that, as you prepare to enter or continue the conversation around racial equity consider looking beyond individual racism to systemic racism.
In our Educational Resources section, you will find additional resources including recommended readings, useful graphics, and a glossary of terms. You may want to get familiar with some of these before engaging in conversations about race.
Truth & Reconciliation Conversations: Facing Racism & Healing Together
commisioned by Reflecting Freedom Network
for Nelson Mandela International Day
We understand that this list is not exhaustive and that you will find your own path to greater racial awareness and anti-racism. These suggestions were gathered by former participants in our Race & Ethnicity Conversation Series as well as from the Living Room Conversations staff.
Our expertise is centered in conversation, and we recognize there are many important ways to connect with and support racial equity. We’re grateful for the contributions made by partner organizations and long-time friends of Living Room Conversations. Check out their work below!
Are you or your organization doing work towards healing racial injustice? Would you like to partner with Living Room Conversations? Please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org