The purpose of the RaceTalk panel training is to help panelists connect with their narrative in a way that will allow them to articulate it eloquently, emotionally, and critically to students, faculty, and staff. Connecting with their narrative includes understanding what race and racism meant to them in their formative years, and interrogating what it means to them now; how its meaning fosters anti-racist practice and positive racial identity development. They develop self-efficacy and racial literacy through this process that inspire cultural awareness, understanding, and an ability to engage in race talk and facilitate discussion.
Narrative-sharing is a useful way to give voice and visibility to stories that are otherwise silenced by the master narratives of dominant culture. During the training, panelists have indicated that the experience of sharing their narrative is cathartic and thought-provoking.
Panelists are expected to engage in race-related dialogue to help prepare them for potential questions that may come up during the Q&A portion of the panel presentation.