Face-2-Face Conversations

conversationsFace-2-Face (F2F) conversations are discussions dealing with race and racial conflict. Because race is a sensitive and controversial topic, F2F conversations provide a forum for interesting, illuminating and real conversation—student to student—without reinforcing tired stereotypes, amplifying hostility, or spreading more misinformation about the very real and complex racial conflicts playing out in America today.

The hope is that participants are ready to move outside their comfort zones, ready to examine implicit assumptions and thoughtfully challenge those of others. Even more basic, participants should be willing to listen without interruption, to someone expressing a view that you may not initially agree with, or may not fully understand; to let others tell their story and be heard with the same patience and attentiveness and respect others will demonstrate when you share your thoughts or concerns.

Everyone should be prepared to speak honestly, openly, and with decency and respect; to think critically about what is being said and heard; to try to place yourself in the position of those speaking, to feel what it might be like to walk a mile in their shoes so that you might better understand how the speaker came to hold the views that they are sharing. And for those who really want to learn something, there must be a willingness to expand consciousness about an uncomfortable and divisive subject, a topic that cannot be discussed without facing the very real pain and hurt and harm central to racial conflict, and to share an aspiration as old as America itself, that we might find ways to work together with everyone in the group toward justice, reconciliation, and redemption.

The conversations are held in a casual setting that encourages open conversation. There are no formal rules or format to a F2F conversation; it simply begins with a facilitator or moderator making a few opening statements, reading a selected passage, or posing a question, and then encouraging participants to join the conversation.

Monday, Feb. 2

12:30-2 p.m. in Student Union 314
"The Post Racial Myth"
Facilitator: Dylan Tracy

Tuesday, Feb. 3

3:30-5 p.m. in the Student Union 312
"Talking about Ferguson"
Facilitators: Geniro Dingle, Jasmine Brown, Dylan Tracy and Dr. Bill Lyons

Wednesday, Feb. 4

12:30-2 p.m. in the Student Union 312
“Helping a White Guy with The Talk – A discussion about what ‘the talk’ is about and why it is needed.”
Facilitator: Dr. Stephen Brooks


1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Union 308
“Is it True that White People Just Don’t Get It?”
Facilitator: Dr. Amy Shriver Dreussi


5:30-7 p.m. in Bierce Library
“The Whitness Project” a look at how bias & prejudices impact the legal field.
Facilitator: Prad Georges


5:30-7 p.m. in Bierce Library
“Does your health care provider consider race and culture in planning your care?”
Facilitator: Dr. Carolyn Sutter

Thursday, Feb. 5

10 a.m. to noon in Student Union 312
"Diversity of Thought-Critical thinking-It’s Relational"
Facilitator: Naomi White


3-5 p.m. tentatively in Student Union 314
“Interracial Relationships and Multi-Racial Identities"
Facilitator: Dr. Toja Okoh

Friday, Feb. 6

5-7 p.m. in Student Union 308
"Locs or Dreadlocks?: Cultural Resistance or Cultural Appropriation?"
Facilitator: Dr. Jodi Henderson-Ross

Tuesday, Feb. 10

10-11:30 a.m. in Student Union 310
“Questions of Identity: A biracial dilemma”
Facilitator: Dr. Heather Burton


Noon to 1:30 in Student Union 310
“Interracial Relationships and Multi-Racial Identities”
Facilitator: Dr. Toja Okoh


1-2:30 p.m. in Student Union 314
"P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Resilence and Identity Development through Empowerment) in African American Manhood and Womanhood"
Facilitator: April Barnes


3-4:30 p.m. in Student Union 316
“Internalized racism and the European standard of beauty for Black women’s hair”
Facilitator: Symphonie Smith

Wednesday, Feb. 11

12:30-2 p.m. in Student Union 310
"A conversation that examines different perspectives on body image"
Facilitator: Christin Seher


12:30-2 p.m. in Student Union 312
"Race and Parenting Goals"
Facilitator: Pamela Schulze


3:30-5 p.m. in Student Union 335
"Rethinking Fear: What makes us all afraid to talk about race?"
Facilitators: Philathia Bolton, Amber Hewitt, Carolyn Behrman, Geniro Dingle and Bill Lyons.