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LGBTQ+ Health Initiative’s Anti-racism Listening & Learning Summer Series

The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative is looking into ways to restructure the Anti-Racism Listening and Learning Summer Series to make it more equitable and meaningful as we move forward. As such, we will continue to hold meetings until we are done with the Seeing White podcast, and then there will be a week (or more) hiatus while we restructure. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us with the “Any questions? Email us!” button below. Thank you!

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Book Club for So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about rac

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Book Club for So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about rac

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Book Club for So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
8:30 am - 9:30 am

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about rac

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Book Club for So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about rac

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Series Information

A summer listening and learning series for people to learn the history of how structural racism was built in our country. This will be comprised of different listening and learning opportunities, using podcasts and book club formats to include a variety of ways that people learn. We have a baseline assumption that these materials are appropriately researched and true, and therefore will not engage in a debate about the truth of this information. We will, however, make space for people to wrestle with how this information may be different than what they learned in the past, and how it changes their perspectives on the world today.

This series is primarily focused on employees of the NYS HHS LGBT Network member organizations. However, it is open to the public and anyone who is interested in constructive dialogue and learning is welcome to join.

The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative put together this Series in response to a recent technical assistance survey of Network organizations in which 45% reported they are interested in additional anti-racism training. Additionally, the events of 2020 have highlighted how urgent and crucial it is to understand the history of structural racism in the United States and to think about how structural racism impacts our lives and our work.

All meetings will be hosted on Zoom, all with this link: https://urmc.zoom.us/j/5153297753

Four meetings will be held per week – all with the same content, in order to give people four opportunities to be involved (we know how busy you all are!). These meeting times have been chosen as they do not conflict with any of the Network committee meetings. Dates may occasionally change based on availability – please keep an eye on the schedule below.

  • Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm EST
  • Thursdays from 8:30-9:30am EST
  • Fridays from 12-1pm EST
  • 7-8pm EST rotating Monday-Thursday once a week

Article:

  • “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

o   https://www.pcc.edu/illumination/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/white-privilege-essay-mcintosh.pdf

Podcasts:

  • “Seeing White”, Scene On Radio

o   http://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

  • “1619”, New York Times

o   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

Books:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

We will purchase 15 copies of each book from a local, woman owned bookstore, The Dog Eared Book. Network members can request copies of the books to be sent to their homes by clicking here. The article and podcasts are all freely available online at the links above.

Emergent Strategy Group Agreements:

  • Listen from the inside out, or listen from the bottom up (a feeling in your gut matters!);
  • Engage Tension, Don’t Indulge Drama;
  • W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?
  • Make Space, Take Space—a post-ableist adaptation of step up, step back – to help balance the verbose and the reticent
  • Confidentiality—take the lessons, leave the details;
  • Be open to learning;
  • Be open to someone else speaking your truth;
  • Building, not selling—when you speak, converse, don’t pitch;
  • Yes/and, both/and;
  • Value the process as much as, if not more than, you value the outcomes;
  • Assume best intent; attend to impact;
  • Self care and community care—pay attention to your bladder, pay attention to your neighbors;
  • Trauma-Informed Care Guidelines.

* These agreements come from adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy, published in 2017.

Introductions: name, organization, pronouns (10 min)

Meditation (5 min)

Brief summary of podcast contents (appreciate volunteers from group) (5 min)

What are your general reactions to this information?  What jumped out at you from this piece? (30 min)

How was this learning and listening for you? (10 min)

This is a unique time in our history and many people are experiencing trauma. We recognize the current-day racial injustices in the institutions that are a part of the history of oppression and racism that can have a traumatic effect on the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Racism brings up many feelings for all of us:  guilt, loss, grief, anger, isolation, anxiety, fear, nervousness, lack of concentration, sadness, bitterness, depression, numbness, denial, fight, flight, freeze, etc, and people who had past trauma and/or historical trauma may be especially vulnerable. We will do our best to ensure that we respect the five trauma-informed care guiding principles during these sessions: Safety, Choice, Collaboration, Trustworthiness, and Empowerment, to avoid re-traumatizing those in the session.

Using Gender Pronouns

Consider adding your pronouns in parenthesis after your name! This can be a helpful way to make sure you’re respecting everyone’s pronouns while making it easier for folks to declare theirs.

To add pronouns to your name:

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Choose Edit Profile.
  3. After your last name, write in your pronouns (e.g. “(she/her)”). Using parenthesis helps separate your pronouns from your name.

Customizing Skin Tone for Reactions

Zoom offers two reaction icons that you can use during a call: a hands’ clap and finger up. You can adjust the skin color on these reactions to better match your own.

To change the reaction skin tone:

  1. Tap the Settings icon in Zoom.
  2. Choose Meetings.
  3. Scroll down, tap Reactive Skin Tone.
  4. Change the reactive skin tone.

In a meeting:

  1. Click the ^ arrow next to Video (bottom left corner of screen).
  2. Select Video Settings.
  3. Select General.
  4. Choose reactive skin tone.

FAQ

There is no sign up sheet.  Please review the podcast or book before the meeting, review the ground rules, choose the meeting time you’re available, and join the zoom meeting.

You are welcome to attend as many meetings as you are able to attend.  No minimum number of meetings are required.

We are pleased that you have people in your life that may also be interested in these discussions. This project is funded by the NYS Department of Health’s AIDS Institute to support NYS organizations who are members of the Network to improve their organizational-level LGBTQ+ and racial equity.  While we welcome anyone to join us, we want to prioritize our Network organizations.

We chose these days/times because they do not conflict with any of the Network’s committee meetings.  If you can’t make any meeting, then please use our materials & agenda to make your own discussion group.  And let us know about it!

We have purchased 15 copies of each book from an independent, woman-owned bookstore.  If you are a member of a Network organization, please fill out this survey to request a book to be sent to an address of your choice.

We welcome people at all stages of their learning about how structural racism was built in our country and how it impacts black, indigenous, people of color today.  We have a simple agenda for each meeting ( mentioned above in the Series Information section).  Consider writing out your answers to the questions each week to be prepared.  Also, we’re operating under shared agreements, so please see the Ground Rules (also above in Series Information).  We will do our best to be open to learning together.

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We will post any PowerPoint presentations, links, or extra material here. If you can’t find something or if something is missing, please let us know!