Course Description

What do you do when a member of the public says something racist, sexist, or classist? How do you react? Does this change when it is a one on one interaction, or in a public meeting? How about when it is a colleague or even a supervisor? The City of Madison has made racial equity and social justice a priority in everything it does, and yet many of us still struggle responding when confronted with comments targeting a particular group. Attend this course for skill building and practice around the following objectives:

  • Discuss practices related to framing and community building in addressing a variety of situations.
  • Learn what coded language is and how to recognize it.
  • Discuss the intersection between race and the perception of the role of government.
  • Review tools to use in response to both coded and overt stereotypical comments.
  • Plan how to respond to comments in different environments: emails, phone conversations, one on one interactions, and group settings.
  • Practice these skills in an authentic way in class.