PROBLEM: Talking about race in America can be hard. But it doesn't have to be. Nor should it be. Yet, if adults are ill-equipped to competently, confidently and truthfully discuss chronic systemic racial conditions in our society, they most assuredly cannot teach children accurate facts and holistic truth about the society we all inherited. Sadly, many children then grow to become adults with huge blind spots, ignorance and a lack of empathy and understanding about the adverse impact of laws, systems, public policies and private sector practices upon generations of targeted Americans. We all inherited the institutions of the past. And we inherited the challenges and damages produced by a 20th century segregationist society. Those problems didn't magically disappear. But how can new generations apply their knowledge, talents, skills to find solutions to problems they don't know exist?
CHALLENGE: Unfortunately, our most trusted institutions (including K-12 schools, colleges, churches, media and governments) have not effectively equipped generations of Americans with much-needed factual knowledge, empathetic understanding and empowering capacity to take responsibility for the society we inherited. The vast majority of young adults lack capacity to exercise their power to redesign, reform and reconstruct our nation to be the kind of place that we're collectively proud to pass on to future generations as a 21st century multiracial, multicultural equitable and Inclusive America. Each generation has an opportunity to disrupt this systemic cycle. The question we must answer is: do we have the will to do what previous generations aspired to do?
OPPORTUNITY: To empower Americans to become well-informed empathetic societal change agents, from teens and young adults to career professionals, industry leaders, policymakers and seasoned citizens, CGC has introduced into the landscape of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programming and training our unique "Conversations Journey®" process.
SOLUTION: CGC's Conversations Journey® immerses participants in an experience of collective learning and discovery about today's American society perceived anew through a lens of historical context. Our focus is on understanding how laws, systems, public policies and private sector practices across all sectors of society were established and have evolved over 26 generations.
Chief Information Officer | Medford, OR School District