As the country rises in protest around the issue of police brutality and violence against black people in America, the need to have constructive conversations and effective dialogues with those who have differing viewpoints has never been stronger. Columinate consultant Darin Short specializes in intercultural dialogue facilitation and training, and he’s been busy this summer working with a variety of organizations around the country interested in having difficult conversations. Darin recently facilitated a world cafe discussion as part of the Thought Leadership Conference in north central Indiana focused on the issue of disproportionality.
“We have all seen, as a result of George Floyd’s murder by a police officer, how Blacks and African Americans are treated disproportionally when it comes to law enforcement,” says Darin. “This disproportionality does not only impact Black and African American adults; it actually begins when young Black children are disproportionally disciplined, suspended, and expelled in our schools. This World Cafe provided an opportunity to explore this disproportionality in a couple of local school districts although it has been documented that this is a nationwide problem. “
Intercultural Dialogue Facilitation
“Today’s thought leaders must join forces to attract and retain talent, create inclusive communities, and improve economic development opportunities for everyone,” said Dr. Tessa R. Sutton, Chief Equity Multicultural and Inclusion Officer at South Bend School Corporation. “Darin’s facilitation of the World Café session, ‘Disproportionality: What Can I Do Where I Am?’ shaped dialogue, provoked thought, and engaged attendees in conversations that matter.”
“The purpose of the Vision for Success dialogues is to help South Bend Schools and stakeholders work together to achieve a shared understanding of its goals, to co-develop a vision, to foster consensus, to help all stakeholders feel involved and to help them understand how their engagement contributes to the long-term goals.”
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