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Exercise 6.1 – Inner Truth and Accountability

6.1 — Developing our Community – Shifting Perceptual Positions (35 minutes)

Materials needed: Shifting perceptual positions worksheet, pens or pencils

Purpose of piece: To consider how each of four different perspectives might provide different insight into how to respond to a challenging situation.

Say to group: What happens when you feel conflicted about a decision you have to […]

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Exercise 5.1 – Belonging and Appropriation

5.1 — Developing our Community – Exploring the Tensions Together (35 minutes)

Materials needed: None

Purpose of piece: To explore and share participants’ personal experiences with tensions related to Chapter 5 in order to create a shared understanding among group members.

Say to group: This investigation of tensions focuses on a primary concern, how we as individuals negotiate […]

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Exercise 4.1 – Common Humanity and Group Differences

4.1 – Developing our Community – Exploring Tensions Together (30 minutes)

Materials needed: Tensions Sheet (if desired)

Facilitator’s Note: Distribute the Tension Pairs handout so participants can read along, if desired. This might reduce the need to orally read the statements multiple times.

Purpose of piece: To provide a group with the opportunity to explore and share their […]

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Exercise 3.1 – Personal Healing and Political Action

3.1 – Developing our Community – Exploring Tensions: Leveraging Polarities (60 minutes)

Materials needed: Leveraging Polarities packet, pens or pencils

Purpose of piece: To provide a group with the opportunity to evaluate and consider how to leverage the wisdom of each pole of the core tensions described in Chapter 3 in order to create a shared understanding […]

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Exercise 2.1 – Self-Acceptance and Self-Improvement

2.1 — Developing our Community – Exploring the Tensions Together (30 minutes)

Materials needed: Tension Pairs handout, drawing paper, pens and pencils, markers

Purpose of piece: To explore and share participants’ personal experiences with the various tensions described in Chapter 2. To create a shared understanding among group members.

Say to group: To get started, I am handing […]

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Exercise 1.1 – Transcendence and Race Consciousness

1.1 — Developing our Community – Exploring the Tensions Together (30 minutes)

Materials needed: None

Purpose of piece: To explore and share participants’ personal experiences with the various tensions described in Chapter 1 in order to create a shared understanding among group members.

Say to group: This exercise is called a human barometer. It is a way for […]

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