The RaceTalk panels are designed to give students a unique experience as a witness to the narratives of people who talk about the way they were socialized in a racial context. The panels are also used to initiate and help facilitate dialogue regarding race, racism, white supremacy, racial identity development, racial socialization, campus climate, and many other issues while addressing the unique needs of students and faculty of color in predominantly white institutions.
RaceTalk panels are comprised of doctoral and master-level students who will give a 5-7 minute narrative, articulating how they were socialized around race. This chronological recount will include experiences, incidents, and familial influences that shaped how the panelists perceived their racial identity. The narrative will also reflect a critical analysis of their racial identity development and what it means to them now as intentional anti-racist advocates. The narratives will give students an opportunity to hear from other students of color and white students about their racial socialization and how to interrogate systems of power and privilege.
The panel will also include a question and answer session. Students will be given blank sheets of paper to write down questions during the presentations. The panelists will facilitate the discussion by answering questions and informing the students about racism from an educated and researched position.
RaceTalk panels can be instrumental in creating voice and visibility for students who would otherwise feel unseen, unheard, and marginalized in a space that was meant to be safe and affirming.
We recognize that talking about race is difficult and has become countercultural dialogue that is hard to integrate into the learning space. Therefore it is important that you understand that RaceTalk panels are not designed to blame those who hold positions of power and privilege, but to acknowledge a broken system that we are all a part of and have been victimized by, and to use our power and influence to empower ourselves and humanity.