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Exercise 6.5 – Inner Truth and Accountability

6.5 — Developing our “Both/And” Skill Set – Accountability in Relationship (50 minutes)

Materials needed: Allison and Accountability scene study handout

Purpose of piece: To consider how a single individual can use “both/and” thinking in an attempt to remain accountably engaged with multiple groups with varying points of view. To explore the degree to which various uses […]

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Exercise 5.5 – Belonging and Appropriation

5.5 – Developing our “Both/And” Skill Set – Conversations about Appropriation (1 hour 15 minutes)

Materials needed: “Both/And” Appropriation Strategy Sheet, Sample Situation Prompts handout, butcher paper, markers

Purpose of piece: To develop strategies for conversations related to appropriation and practice using role plays.

Say to group: We’re going to spend some time today specifically practicing our conversational […]

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Exercise 4.5 – Common Humanity and Group Differences

4.5 – Developing our “Both/And” Skill Set – Eliciting Personal Stories (1 hour 5 minutes)

Materials needed: Strategic Engagement handout, pens and pencils.

Purpose of piece: To practice using “both/and” thinking and conversational techniques that encourage consideration of how racial differences impact people’s lives.

Say to group: Today we’ll be focusing on how to navigate conversations in […]

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Exercise 3.5 – Personal Healing and Political Action

3.5 – Developing our “Both/And” Skill Set – Learning to Use a Systemic Lens (1 hour 15 minutes)

— DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS —

Materials needed: Butcher paper, tape, Skill Sets of Agents resource sheet, Skills Transition worksheet, pens and pencils.

Purpose of piece: To reflect on the use of the terms “allyship” and “solidarity,” […]

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Exercise 2.5 – Self-Acceptance and Self-Improvement

2.5 – Creating our “Both/And” Skill Set – Constructing a Solid Anti-racist Self (55 minutes)

Materials needed: Video set up to display TEDx Talk, by Shelly Tochluk, speakers, TEDx Talk Notes Sheet, pens and pencils

Purpose of piece:  To consider the use of “both/and” thinking and its relationship to shame, emotional reactivity, and one’s personal stake in […]

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Exercise 1.5 – Transcendence and Race Consciousness

1.5 – Developing our “Both/And” Skill Set – Both/And Thinking as a Tool (1 hour 10 minutes)

Materials needed: Paper, pens and pencils, Table with “But” and “And” handout, Conversations using “Both/And” handout

Point of piece: To begin noticing our use of “but,” “yet,” and “however,” and to shift toward the use of “and.”

Say to group: This […]

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