75 minutes | Jun 19, 2020

Open Communication: A Candid Conversation about Race, Bias and Cultural Competency

On the anniversary of our co-authored blog post on misconceptions surrounding modesty and the muslim faith in regards to massage, Cordelia Gaffar guest hosts a special episode of NoVA Weekend Warriors where we discuss race, diversity and culture candidly and openly with a group of participants who share their experiences, questions and thoughts... with a goal of bringing us together through exploring our differences and listening experiences other than our own. A note from Meg: I understand that 1 hour 15 minutes may seem like a long time. But if you are unable to take that amount of time in one sitting, I understand. I then, ask of you, to save the link and visit the discussion in bite size increments over the next few days. Or feel free to listen to the podcast version so you can easily stop and come back to it (link will be provided on Friday afternoon). Like many conversations, the toughest parts may happen for you later in the episode... and while sometimes cringe worthy, I think they are important. We are in a unique time were we are no longer sweeping things under the table. We are finally addressing them, understanding the consequences of our actions and doing the work to do better. My hope is that this conversation works towards that goal. A special thank you to today's guest host Cordelia Gaffar. Learn more about Cordelia Gaffar and her work at: cordeliagaffar.comResources referenced in today's session:Self Reflections on Injustice by Cordelia Gaffarhttps://www.bizcatalyst360.com/self-reflections-on-injustice/4 Ways White People Can Process Their Emotions Without Hijacking the Conversation on Racial Justicehttps://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/4-ways-white-people-can-process-their-emotions-without-bringing-the-white-tears/Let's get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainierhttps://youtu.be/-aCn72iXO9sWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Dividehttps://youtu.be/YBYUET24K1cWhat Beyonce Taught Me About Race | Brittany Barron | TEDxPasadenaWomenhttps://youtu.be/fDzj9vRw5yMChoosing Love over Angerhttps://youtu.be/w0fSK8z38uQUsing the Power of Play to Create Lovehttps://youtu.be/EQ91IEvrESkAkala at the Edinburgh International Book Festivalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0iiybe5-nAWhite Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelohttps://www.scrawlbooks.com/book/9780807047415https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780807047415How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780525509288https://www.scrawlbooks.com/book/9780525509288Race, Diversity and Cultural Competency Resources for Massage Therapists and Fitness Professionalshttps://www.massagetherapybymeg.com/post/race-diversity-and-cultural-competency-resources-for-massage-therapistsAuto-transcription available upon request through Temi. This episode first appeared at: novaweekendwarriors.com/podcast.
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