May 26 – Developing Racial Pattern Recognition Skills to Undo Racism

Humans are born with basic pattern recognition skills what allow us to make meaning and navigate the world around us whether learning to speak, read and write, or identifying songs we like to navigating our phone controls by touch and feel. Pattern detection is essential to our very survival as a species. As social justice activists and educators, we have developed a keen awareness to repeated cycles of racial inequity, whether it is the school-to-prison pipeline in education, over-policing in criminal justice or undertreatment in health care. And we are bewildered and often enraged when others do not, or cannot, recognize these systemic patterns that appear so obvious.

But what is obvious to some can be learned by all.

This session will introduce the concept of “racial pattern recognition” as a frame to help learners detect systemic issues related to racism and oppression. We will also explore why the “prejudice habit” is hard to break and why the principle of “slow-is-fast” from trauma therapy is critical to individual as well as policy change. Join us as we continue to discuss effective strategies to teach justice and equity issues without shame and blame.

Shakil Choudhury

Title: Developing Racial Pattern Recognition Skills to Undo Racism
Host:  Shakil Choudhury
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:30pm (EST)
Zoom link: The zoom link will be posted 1 week in advance

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Archive

Session 1. Love in the Time of Corona: Building Community During Crisis

Session 2. Minding Mental Health: Building Resilience from the Inside Out

Session 3. Making Meaning in Troubled Times: A Critical Leadership Capacity

Session 4. Finding hope in uncertain times: Courageous Leadership for Shifting Systems 

Session 5. When Things Fall Apart: Grief as a Leadership and Life Skill with Vanessa Reid

Session 6: Crisis and Transformation: The Feminization of our Leadership Paradigms with Judy Rebick

Session 7: Challenging anti-Black Racism in Organizations with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Anima Leadership and Parker Johnson, Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant.

Session 8: Challenging anti-Black Racism in Organizations – Part Two with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Anima Leadership and Parker Johnson, Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant.

Session 9: The Conscious Use of Power in Crisis with Special Guest Julie Diamond

Session 10: Back to School: Self-Regulation, Trauma and Equity Perspectives with Karen Thomas and Nick Radia

Session 11: Diversifying Organizations, Leading Inclusion: Tales from the Trenches with Nicholas Davis, Angela Russell and Tobie Mathew

Session 12: Why Leaders Should Use the “F” Word More Often: Rising Authoritarianism in a Trumpian Era with Shakil Choudhury

Session 13: Post-Election Debrief: Leadership for this Age of Discord with Shakil Choudhury, Judy Rebick and Parker Johnson

Session 14: Black History Month: Between Pride and Protest with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Akilah Hamilton, Parker Johnson and Jessica Oddy

Session 15: The Roots of Rumi: Cultural Celebration vs Appropriation with Annahid Dashtgard, Khashayar Mohammadi and Emma Lind

Sessin 16: Teaching Racial Justice Without Shame or Blame with Shakil Choudhury