Let’s Talk About Integrity and Race

Let's Talk about Integrity and Race
August 18 , 2020

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Let's Talk about Integrity and RaceProgram Overview

The Let’s Talk about Integrity and Race program explores the topic of diversity and race to initiate, inform, and enhance discussions about what racism is, how to speak up about it, and engage in productive dialogue. 

Let's Talk About Integrity and Race is organized and led in partnership by the Barbara A. Lofton Office of Diversity & Inclusion and its former director, Barbara A. Lofton, and by the Business Integrity Leadership Initiative, and Cindy Moehring, the initiative's founder and executive chair. 

The program consisted of: 

  • A recorded speaker series 
  • A book 
  • Weekly workshops 
  • A movie night 

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About the Speakers

Both speakers presented to their audiences via Zoom.

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, speaker, and best-selling author of So You Want to Talk about Race. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. (From her website found here.) 

Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., is a prominent values-driven leadership expert. Mary is a celebrated author and creator of the Giving Voice to Values curriculum. She is a retired Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia, a Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and an independent consultant. She was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2021.  

About the Book

The book of the program is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, a New York Times best-selling book that offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America. 

About the Workshops

Participants were required to take part in weekly workshops where both the book of the semester and the Giving Voice to Values curriculum was disscussed and assimilated.

About the Movie

At the end of the program, participants were invited to watch “Just Mercy” where a post movie discussion was held. Participants were encouraged to share their thoughts and takeaways with each other.