Let's Talk about Race

How do our patterns of thinking and our shared history influence the way we lead and work? Using personal stories and case studies, we will introduce and examine race, white privilege, structural racism, internalized racism, bias, color blindness, intersectionality, and white fragility to foster a personal reflection and collective conversation about race as a key element in the work we do as Extension.

How we work, whether through audiences we engage with, shaping programs and practices, or sustaining cultural norms internal to Extension may yield inequity among diverse community members and be informed by unconscious/unrecognized bias. This webinar will present research to help you understand how these systems have developed throughout history and discuss strategies to foster a genuine conversation about race that works towards equity for all participants and employees.

This is not your typical webinar! Rather than attendees passively watching presenters, this will be a fully interactive learning event where attendees will engage with presenters as well as other attendees with live audio and video. Use this test link from Zoom to test your systems ability to connect to the meeting interactively. Please come prepared to learn, reflect, and engage with others in conversation via Zoom Breakrooms. If registering for the webinar, please read this short piece by Peggy McIntosh prior to the webinar.

This session is presented by Fernando Burga and Eriks Dunens.

H. Fernando Burga is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a dual appointment at University of Minnesota’s Extension. His research, teaching and service focus on equity in urban planning with an emphasis on immigrant incorporation and urban food systems.

Eriks Dunens, Statewide Extension Educator in Leadership and Civic Engagement. Eriks became a part of the Community Vitality area of Extension in 2012 to coordinate alumni programming and support leadership and civic engagement educators with efficient systems. In 2015, he transitioned roles becoming a Statewide Educator with a focus on curriculum development and leadership for the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program. He has experience in process design, participatory engagement, program development, and communications. Before joining Extension, Eriks used his skills to build community capacity through work with nonprofit organizations with community health missions and with neighborhood associations involved with designing and implementing public participation processes.

Eriks lives with his wife in Minneapolis and can often be found bicycling, board gaming, or playing basketball in his down time.

Created by Shalyse Iseminger

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals