Community Conversations

Staff and faculty are invited to come together across departments and discuss anti-racist texts in small groups. Our hope with these groups is to empower the community to learn about systemic racism in an intentional manner, and through respectful conversation with colleagues over time gain skills to disrupt racism in themselves and in their spheres of influence.


Conversations are hosted by volunteer facilitators from the UP community. Facilitators are not trainers.  In these peer-to-peer conversations, facilitators help manage conversation flow and remind the groups of community standards if appropriate. Structure, brave space standards, and discussion questions are provided to all participants and facilitators ahead of the conversations and facilitators are invited to optional check-in and debrief sessions hosted by OIEDI. All conversations have been hosted online.


Spring 2021

This spring our conversations will focus on the ReadUP selection, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and episodes of the University of Portland's Black Student Union original podcast, Black on the Bluff. 

UP staff and faculty register here by February 23rd

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Past Conversations

Fall 2020

Summer 2020