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An Evening with Allison Park



Topic: Talking about RACE in the 21st Century
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 31 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Academic Commons, Orell Hall


As part of Bellarmine’s Justice Summit on Human Dignity, this year, 2020 we are exploring Race in the 21st Century. This workshop will answer some of the following questions:

  • Why do I need to help my children understand why Diversity matters today?
  • What is the difference between equity, inclusion and diversity?
  • Why do I not talk about race until now?
  • How can I unpack political correctness?

This workshop for Parents/Guardians/Bellarmine Community members is designed to provide practical tools and strategies to talk about race using a scenario-based format.

  • Establish basic facts about race, and typical dynamics of conversations 
  • Discuss and unpack scenarios that come up around race at Bellarmine
  • Deepen shared understanding of race, racism, and antiracism Practice what to say when...[for example: you child doesn’t know how to talk to a friend who posted something racist on social media]
  • Discuss how race is coming up for you and your child
  • Future conversations and resources about race and determining what the group needs looking ahead
*This workshop is brought to you by a Fulcrum Diversity and Inclusion Grant

Bio of Alison Park 

Alison Park is the founder of Blink Consulting. In addition to her work with clients, Alison has facilitated at numerous conferences, partnered with other organizations, and served on Park Day School's Board of Trustees. Alison currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Mosaic Project and the SMART program's Board of Directors. Before Blink, Alison taught for thirteen years in the public, non-profit and private sectors, including Marin Academy and Head-Royce Middle School. Alison earned her B.A. in African Studies at Yale University and two Master's degrees at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Alison has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for fifteen years. She currently consults, writes, runs the hills and gets off the grid with a fly rod when she can.

Who is Blink? 
Created by educators for educators in 2005, Blink Consulting designs and delivers tailored, comprehensive support that includes professional growth, curricular and program design, cultural competency assessment and accountability, coaching, leadership development and other consulting. Working with students, faculty, administration, staff, trustees and families, Blink has helped over 90 schools and organizations to critically rethink the purpose, practice and outcomes of their diversity initiatives by offering a fresh lens and practical tools for school-wide revision. In addition to schools, Blink's clients include community-based organizations, as well as government and corporate groups.