Book Club: “How To Be An Antiracist”

The Opposite of “Racist” isn’t “Not Racist”

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Please join us for an organized Virtual Book Club via Zoom Meeting and guided discussions with local community leaders. A limited amount of free books are available.

Schedule

  • Wed, Jul 15, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Wed, Jul 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Wed, Aug 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

 


About the Book’s Author

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC.

A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and CBS News. Beginning July 1, 2020, Kendi will become Professor of History and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He will also become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.  Read More: COMPLETE BIO


Webinar: Continuing the Dialogue About Race and Bias in Everyday Life

The Conversation Continues…

This second session related to bias is aimed at giving participants the tools to not just start the conversation, but continue conversations about bias in everyday life situations. Complicated social problems do not become resolved overnight, or with a single media post or conversation. This 90 minute workshop will teach you to monitor your own bias, including your emotional  reaction to stressful situations. We will also explore ways to continue to become more and more aware of bias and how it impacts us and those around us, as well as ways to dialogue with others, including our kids.

Learning Objectives

  1. Realize ways that race/bias has impacted everyday life situations
  2. Identify strategies to continue conversations with our peers and children
  3. Realize and identify feelings related to personal bias and ways to cope interpersonally


About Our Facilitator

Dr. Beth Trammel is an experienced clinician who has worked with kids and families for over 15 years in a variety of settings

She has worked in private practice and school-based settings, as well as behavioral and mental health consultation for schools, community-centers and daycare. She engages parents and teachers in the community through online and community-based offerings including: Make Words Matter foundational series, having hard conversations with kids, Making words matter about race, and online book studies about the power of allowing kids to fail.

In her numerous other roles, she has extensive experience in working with severe emotional-behavioral disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the Director of the MA in Mental Health Counseling program and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University East where she has conducted research over the last 7 years to examine a cost-effective model for parent training in an outpatient setting.  She has presented her research and clinical findings at regional, national and international conferences. Her passion and enthusiasm is evident in her training style at community-based workshops and blog that can be found at www.makewordsmatterforgood.com.


Webinar: Understanding and Responding to Implicit Bias and Micro-aggressions

Supportive Strategies for Everyday Solutions

We used to think there were “biased people” and “unbiased people” and that “good” people were not biased. Over time, cognitive science has helped us understand that we are ALL biased and the difference is not between “good’ and “bad” but in how aware we are of our potential biases and how skilled we are at the strategies we can mobilize to reduce the impact of those biases. This 90 minute workshop will provide participants with an understanding of unconscious bias and its origins and its connection to micro-aggressions along with tools and proactive everyday strategies for positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the concepts “implicit bias” and “micro-aggressions”
  2. Recognize situations and contexts where they are more likely to occur
  3. Identify strategies to reduce “implicit bias” and “micro-aggressions”
  4. Practice strategies to move toward recovery and repair when they do occur


About Our Facilitator

Melinda Messineo, PhD is a professor of Sociology at Ball State University.

She is a nationally recognized teacher and workshop facilitator and publishes on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her research explores representations of race, class, and gender in the media and the impact that all media forms have on our understanding of people different from ourselves.


Webinar: Caring Personally, While Challenging Directly

Stop pretending you can’t give direct feedback.

Far too often, we hide behind performance check lists, limiting feedback to more generalizations. This means that we don’t build relationships with our team with maximizing potential in mind. The result is a lack of candid, direct communication between two people not only limits the development, but also prevents the organization from improving.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to build relationships to allow for direct feedback
  2. Understand the steps of creating an environment and culture that is radically candid
  3. Create strategies for asking for feedback from your boss, and also from someone who reports to you
  4. Walk away knowing what to do with the feedback that is provided, and where you go next


About Our Facilitator

Kourtney McCauliff is an experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated history of working in HR for over 10 years in a variety of different industries, mostly Hospitality and currently Health Care. She has a focus in Recruiting, Retention, People Development and Employee Engagement. Kourtney is from Michigan but lived in Chicago for 12 years before relocating to Muncie. Since being in Muncie she has worked to be more involved in the community and spending time with her husband and family!


Webinar: Rest for Increased Productivity

How ‘turning off’ can make you more effective and productive in your work

Do you get the Sunday Evening Blues? Monster.com’s survey says 76% of us do. In fact, the World Health Organization has recently classified “burn out” as a disease. It’s so pervasive, it seems unavoidable. But it isn’t. When we create intentional times of rest, research shows we’re able to be more productive and healthier.

So how can you beat burn-out and end the Sunday Evening Blues?

Sue Godfrey shares tips from her sabbatical, sharing tools to help you become both more rested and productive. In her presentation, Godfrey will share tools, tips and practices you can incorporate into your daily life-and into the life of your team- to prevent burn out.

Learning Objectives

 

  1. Research on why rest is physically and emotionally needed
  2. Tools for using rest to increase productivity
  3. Tips for evaluating the things we “should” be doing vs the things we need or want to do
  4. Methods to encourage your team to rest, and prevent Sunday night blues


About Our Facilitator

Sue Godfrey has lived in Muncie longer than she’s lived anywhere. Moving to Muncie in 1995 to transfer to Ball State University, Sue and her husband of 19 years, Stuart call Muncie home. Their adventures seem to never stop with their three children, two unruly dogs and many community commitments keeping them always on the move.
Sue has dedicated her career to helping people and organizations use where they are to get to where they want to be.

Most recently Sue was the Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she had the sorrow of closing the agency due to the increased expenses of keeping the children they serve safe. Since then, Sue has been learning the value of rest in a time of sabbatical.


Webinar: Reinvent Your Leadership

Every leader can reinvent themselves and their growth in a personally challenging presentation that will change your personal growth strategy.

Change is happening! It is clear that your realities have changed due to changes in the economy, social/cultural transition, Millennials coming of age, mobile public, technological advances and demographic trends.

Participants will answer Critical questions dealing with how your team feel about trust working with you; what policies & practices have become “dinosaurs” in your business; what steps can you take to raise the level of leadership in your organization; and what is “kindling” your leadership practices and style are dealt with in small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Your economy is always… DIFFERENT. How leaders should be different in their style?
  2. Where are we missing the VALUE people seek most in services and results? How can we deliver better value?
  3. How can we RAISE performance levels? What are we doing to meet these changes proactively?
  4. What LEADERSHIP LEVEL are you on in your organization? How can you change that in your favor?
  5. What are our DINOSAURS that prevent us from moving upward? How can we bury them and proceed?


About Our Facilitator

Jim Mathis is a double-certified professional speaker, bestselling author and member of the John Maxwell Speaking Team. He has been speaking, training, writing and consulting for over 44 years and have earned the highest designations in speaking professionally.

Jim has a passion to lift others to the highest potential as leaders and personal growth through interactive, humorous and energetic presentations that he guarantees will give each participants at least 3 (and more) immediate actions they can take to raise their leadership levels.


Webinar: Toxicity in the Kitchen

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule the session soon!

 

 


How do we move the professional kitchen into an era of safe and positive impact for growth and appeal to the next generations?

How can we fold traditional apprenticeship training techniques into a more affirming experience for the apprentice and the trainer? What is the potential of the future professional kitchen?
As a trade based industry, professional kitchens are hurting world wide. We have high turnover, high stress, slow growth, and minimal pay. The only way we can move from our past, into a positive future, is to adjust to modern culture and societal standards of a positive work environment.
Many cultures believe and use food as medicine, comfort, and a way to show love, the professional cook’s kitchen be the same!

Learning Objectives

1. Build a positive learning environment in the kitchen.
2. Attract next generations to the professional kitchen industry.
3. Grow your business through growth of your staff.


About Our Facilitator

Kyle Reninger was born and raised in Clearwater, FL. He attended the University of South Florida and has worked in the service and retail industry for the past 20 years. He and his partner, Amanda, moved to Muncie in 2008 were Amanda attended Ball State University for her Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma. They found great community and connections in Muncie, and decided to continue their life in Muncie and start a business. Kyle is the President of Acquisitions and Amanda is the Owner of Sea Salt & Cinnamon. Amanda is the master of the science and math in the kitchen, while Kyle is focused on developing new savory items and expansion of distribution. Through SLA and the Emergence Program, Kyle and Amanda have gained the training and knowledge to help grow the Muncie Community. In their free time, Kyle and Amanda can be found enjoying Downtown Muncie, at the movies, or at home with their three dogs and six cats.


Webinar: Today’s Social Graces

Back to normal…” “Remember the good old days?”

This isn’t a political statement but maybe you’re like me and have grown tired of the “unprecedented times” we “find ourselves in” or the fact that an “abundance of caution” is needed in every choice we make. Maybe you like the rules and find comfort in the routine but are struggling with how to live and work when there are not as many guardrails or familiarity when it comes to how you do it. Are you looking for an “adultier adult” to give you direction or help lead the way? This session may (or may not) be for you! In this hybrid session, we will provide some content and then a chance to chat with each other to provide a new guidebook to help up navigate. We will do that through Practicing social graces online as we work from home Charting a new course as we return to work Reflecting and planning in your style (Introvert vs. Extrovert) to meet yours and others’ needs

Learning Objectives

Practicing social graces online as we work from home

Charting a new course as we return to work

Masks, distance

Work scenarios: staggered schedules, not everyone in the office

Reflecting and planning in your style (Introvert vs. Extrovert) to meet yours and others’ needs

Needs

Types at work


About Our Facilitator

James Mitchell

A Chicago native and Muncie transplant, James Mitchell has made his home here since 2000. He has been a storyteller (for the first Facing Project: Facing Poverty) and a writer (Facing Disabilities). James is proud of the work that he and his friends get to support through the Facing Project board.

James also serves his community as the current chair of the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie and as a member of the Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Selection Committee.

When not out in the community, James get paid to be the Director of Human Resources and Employee Experience at Minnetrista. He’s also a dog dad to a three-year-old Lab mix, Lady, and has really fallen in love with making pottery (at Cornerstone).


Webinar: Developing Resiliency to Prepare for Rapid Change

Change is a constant in many of our lives, especially in times like these where the very world we live in has drastically changed due to COVID-19.

All around us, technologies, processes, people, ideas, and methods often change, affecting the way we perform daily tasks and live our lives. This workshop will give any leader tools to implement changes more smoothly and increase the likelihood of success. This workshop will also give all participants an understanding of how change is implemented and introduce tools for managing their reactions to change.

Learning Objectives

List the steps necessary for preparing a change strategy and building support for the change

Describe the WIFM – the individual motivators for change

Use needed components to develop a change management and communications plans, and to list implementation strategies


About Our Facilitator

Bob Paden is the owner of The Growth Coach of North Indianapolis. Bob focuses on helping business owners and leaders believe the actions they are taking today will achieve the results they want in their future through a long-term, authentic relationship.

Bob considers himself to be a Synergist/Integrator – a coach who enhances the effectiveness of a leader and their team and increases the speed of change, bringing disconnected pieces of a business together into a cohesive scalable machine….also a connector – putting the right people at the right time in front of clients to solve more challenges than they can solve themselves.

Bob has a B.S. Degree from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology and has worked in and around small, large, local and global companies such a Rolls-Royce, Cummins, Quest-Global and Qantas to name a few, including his own businesses of NewRiverz, TIER321 and now The Growth Coach.

Bob is passionate about this family, has been married for over 30 years to his wonderful wife Lori (a Registered Nurse) and two children, one Purdue Alumni (Shelby) and another Purdue sophomore (Eric) and is truly enjoying an empty-nest lifestyle with Lori and their two rescued black Labradors, Murphy and Mo.


Webinar: 5 Practical Strategies for Everyday Anxiety Management

As we continue to face uncertain times, all of us have experience various levels of anxiety, worry, stress or fear.

This workshop, led by psychologist, Dr Beth Trammell, will walk you through the top 5 effective strategies for managing your anxiety on a daily basis. She will share clinical and personal examples that will help you feel more hopeful and calm within yourself and your relationships.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn ways to become aware of how anxiety impacts their mood and relationships.

Participants will practice easy breathing strategies.

Participants will develop a personal plan for coping with anxiety as it arises in their own life.


About Our Facilitator

Dr. Beth Trammell is an experienced clinician who has worked with kids and families for over 15 years in a variety of settings. She has worked in private practice and school-based settings, as well as behavioral and mental health consultation for schools, community-centers and daycare. She engages parents and teachers in the community through online and community-based offerings including: Make Words Matter foundational series, having hard conversations with kids, Making words matter about race, and online book studies about the power of allowing kids to fail.

In her numerous other roles, she has extensive experience in working with severe emotional-behavioral disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the Director of the MA in Mental Health Counseling program and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University East where she has conducted research over the last 7 years to examine a cost-effective model for parent training in an outpatient setting. She has presented her research and clinical findings at regional, national and international conferences. Her passion and enthusiasm is evident in her training style at community-based workshops and blog that can be found at www.makewordsmatterforgood.com.


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