Race and Belonging

Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 6/9/2021 - 7/14/2021
  • Wed
  • USF Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $75
  • SDEA Member Price: $0
  • Joining this course is a commitment to attend all sessions. We are in a partnership with Nebraska State Education Association and Missouri National Education Association. One graduate credit through Baker University in Kansas is available at $70. Work with your trainers to sign up for credit. Registering today is an application to join the course. Youi will be notified of acceptance.

  • Currently Enrolled: 3 of 10

Conversations About Race and Belonging: A Short Program is a six-session interactive virtual program that provides a foundation for initiating and engaging in relational conversations about race, otherness, equity, and belonging in various settings: home, work, community.  This program uses episodes from the podcast Seeing White (Scene On Radio, 2017, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University) and a selection of literary works by authors of color to frame conversations about race and belonging. The Short Program builds a peer cohort through conversation, stories, racial literacy, critical thinking, and the practice of reflective and dialectic skills that support leading small group discussions on race and belonging. Registrants are expected to attend the full program and to organize and implement at least one conversation in their workplace or community, applying the skills they have learned and practiced. 


Palma Joy Strand earned a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, and a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Georgetown University Law Center.  She is currently a Professor of Law (full tenured professor) in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at Creighton University.  Since 2017 she has also been teaching virtually.  In 2004, Strand began facilitating conversations about race and belonging, both in the context of classes university classes taught through the several universities and as stand-alone programs. She continues this work today.

Michele Chang holds a Masters of Public Health from Emory University. Since 2016, she has served as a facilitator for conversations on race in community settings. Chang continues to train groups to be facilitators of group discussions on race and has designed and co-taught high school programs on race and equity. Since 2019, Chang has co-facilitated programs on race and equity specifically designed for educators and administrators.

  • Grade(s): Elementary K-5 | Secondary 6-12 | Professional Staff | UniServ Director Staff | Mid School | High School
  • Subject(s): Equity or Racial/Social Justice
  • By South Dakota Teacher Effectiveness Domains/Components: 2a 2b 2c 2d 2e

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