Facilitating Conversations for an Anti-Racist Workplace

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This workshop is open to faculty and staff who are managers and supervisors.

This program is highly interactive and includes small group breakout sessions.

In this session, managers and supervisors will learn and practice an approach to use a guiding template for facilitating 15-minute anti-racism discussions with their team. We will also share a plan on how to begin conversations on sensitive topics, and view a conversation in action.

You will learn to:

  • Strengthen facilitation skills for short discussions on sensitive topics using a one-page meeting template with their team
  • Advance their self-confidence as a facilitator for anti-racism discussions

You will benefit by:

  • Improving facilitation skills that support brief discussions on sensitive topics
  • Learning how to create an inclusive, safe environment for discussions
  • Having a plan for what you’ll do if tensions arise

Looking for more practice? Register for our Practice Sessions.  


Bekah Ashley 
Senior Administrative Director, Executive Administration

Brian Cole 
Interim Director of Operations and Planning, Organizational Learning

Mara D'Amico 
Senior QI Engagement Coordinator, Ob/Gyn

Laura Denton
Interim Director of Faculty Development

Kimberly Gates
Breeding Colony Supervisor, ULAM

Sandy Goel
Administrative Manager, Wellness Office

Othelia Pryor 
Pathways and Leaners Lead, OHEI

Emily Rivkin
Project Intermediate Manager, Ob/Gyn

Steve Vinson 
Co-Chair, Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (Interim)
UMMG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager

Kim Ward
DEI Administrative Specialist, Anesthesiology 

This workshop is facilitated by the Advocacy and Professional Development subcommittee of the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (AROC).


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at UMMS-Faculty-Development@med.umich.edu.

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop.