Episode 118: Compassion, Curiosity and Boundaries

How do you hold compassion and curiosity when you experience racism? When do you draw boundaries around people who say racist things?

These are a few of the questions we explore in today’s episode where Elena is once again joined by her teammate, LesLee Bickford, who shares a very personal story about how she responded to racism expressed by her family. […]

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Episode 116: Evaluating What’s Possible

In today’s episode of our limited series, What to Say When You Hear Something Racist, Elena dives into the third (and final) P in her 3 P’s framework for responding to racism.

The third P is Possibility. And in this episode you’ll hear how to evaluate the possibility in a situation and how doing so will help you determine both what to say and whether you need to say something in that moment, or perhaps at a later time. […]

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Episode 115: The Role of Power in Addressing Racism

In this episode of our What to Say When You Hear Something Racist limited series, Elena guides you through how to reflect on power dynamics that are present in a situation in which you hear something racist. Listen in to hear the three types of power dynamics commonly at play, how your identity markers add complexity that must be considered, and how an awareness of both can help you find a springboard to open up the conversation. […]

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Episode 114: The Power of Purpose

Effectively responding to racism requires you to act with a clear purpose. In this episode of our What to Say When You Hear Something Racist limited series, Elena shares a process for you to get clear on your purpose for saying something, including the five categories of purposes you’ll likely be drawing from. […]

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Episode 112: Reckoning with Our Past

“We can’t go forward unless we look backwards.”

In today’s episode, Elena shares the three vital reflection questions you must ask and answer for yourself as you reckon with your own history of experiencing racism. This reckoning is the fourth and final foundational element to prepare you to respond effectively when you hear something racist.
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Episode 111: Recognizing Racism

How can people build knowledge around what racism is and build the accompanying skillset to identify racism in our daily lives? 

Today Elena is joined by her teammate, LesLee Bickford, to explore this question first through story-telling and then through unraveling the many steps along a learning journey. […]

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Episode 110: Three Steps to Navigate Your Emotions

In the second episode of our new, “What to Say When You Hear Something Racist” series, Elena shares the next step you must take if you want to skillfully respond to racism: engage with your own emotions. 

There is no way that we are going to transform our schools, our communities and our world without encountering emotions. Today Elena is sharing the three steps that will prevent our emotions from hijacking our actions so that we can learn from the wisdom they have to offer.  […]

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