Race and Ethnicity

Conversation Guide

We all want to live in a society that is fair and has opportunity for all. This conversation is an opportunity to explore our experience of race and ethnicity. Where are we and what do we aspire to for ourselves and our community?

Let's Get Started!

This Living Room Conversation flows through three rounds of questions and a closing. Some rounds ask you to answer each question. Others feature multiple questions that serve as conversation starters — you need only respond to the one or two you find most interesting.

Before You Begin...

Please go over the Conversation Agreements with your participants.

Introductions: Getting Started/
Why Are We Here?

What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round 1: Core Values

Answer one or more of the following:
  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what inspires you?
  • What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country?

Round 2:

What are your thoughts on Race and Ethnicity?

  • What do you think it would take to create a society that values racial and ethnic differences (or sub. racial and ethnic diversity)?
  • Can you think of anything you are doing toward that effort? Can you think of anything you could start doing?
  • When you hear people in your circles making biased comments, do you speak up? Why or why not?
  • Who are you most afraid of having conversations about race with? Do you have any idea why?
  • Have you ever been accused of being racist? How did it make you feel? Did it change your behavior? Why or why not?

Round 3: Reflection & Next Steps

  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful or valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation?
  • What new understanding or common ground did you find within this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?
  • Name one important thing that was accomplished here.
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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