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Tools for Navigating Racial Discourse

Leveraging self-awareness to create, maintain, and lead racial discourse and healing.
  • Key Audience: Black, Indigenous, People of Color; White Folks; health care learners and professionals; allied health professionals; faculty and educators, public, private sector, and government officials and representatives; grassroot organizers; and administrative leaders; personal and professional mentors and advisors.
  • Self Directed and Self Paced Learning Module   
  • Accessible Across Technical Devices
  • Author: Dr. Sharon GE Washington

Learn to take action to create equity 

Navigating Racial Discourse guides learners and leaders through strategies and approaches you can take to function as an ally and accomplice in your workplace.

This course has successfully supported learners and leaders to apply inclusive, healing, and transformative approaches to cross-racial engagement, mentorship, teaching, and professional practice.


Reflect on yourself and surroundings with a critical consciousness of the role of racial context, differences, and traumas

Role model vulnerable and intimate self-reflection and humility to others.

Communication Skills

 Speak confidently about one’s own racial identity, racial issues more broadly, and in cross racial settings. 

Learn to recognize when bias is happening in real time, track your internal response, and speak up

Take Action

Take actions in your life, informed by the racial context of our shared reality. 

Develop strategies for coping with and healing racial trauma and stress.
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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Define and apply foundational terms in critical discourse about race, equity, and inclusion.

Learning Objectives 

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Create and maintain spaces and atmospheres welcoming of racial discourse and healing.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Understand how to utilize the Six-S Framework for Cultivating Conscious Connections in racial discourse.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Navigate and mitigate difficult, conflicting, or challenging exchanges in racial discourse

Professional Competencies Associated with the Course

Human Behavior

  •  Applies knowledge of the self, others, and social systems to solve problems related to the psychological, socio-cultural, and biological factors that influence health and well-being.

Resilience & Adaptability 

  • Demonstrates tolerance of stressful or changing environments or situations and adapts effectively to them; is persistent, even under difficult situations; recovers from setbacks.

Ethical Responsibility to Self & Others

  • Behaves in an honest and ethical manner
  • Cultivates personal and academic integrity
  • Adheres to ethical principles and follows rules and procedures
  • Resists peer pressure to engage in unethical behavior and encourages others to behave in honest and ethical ways
  • Develops and demonstrates ethical and moral reasoning

Oral Communication

  • Effectively conveys information to others using spoken words and sentences; listens effectively; recognizes potential communication barriers and adjusts approach or clarifies information as needed.

Customizable for Institutions

Institutions can purchase bulk licenses for organization-wide or team-based training; longitudinal onboarding or development curriculum; or engage in an assessment and customize this training to meet unique institutional needs

Racial Literacy Coaching for Leaders

We enhance our virtual programs by allowing our learners to access high-quality live sessions through desktop and mobile.

Connect with others

Participate in our online forum, share thoughts and ideas, increase connection, gain allies in your growth.

What's included?

  • 8 hours of recorded lectures

    across six learning modules from Dr. Sharon GE Washington and guest lecturers
  • Guided self-reflection questions

     to expand your awareness to expand your awareness
  • Six-S Action Plan

    for interrupting oppression

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