In these study groups, participants will have the opportunity to talk with people of different viewpoints to expand their understanding of issues around diversity.
How are the Diversity Study Groups structured?
First, participants will complete a survey to gather information about their perspective on racial issues.
Then, participants will attend a one-time seminar led by Dr. Yancey on September 7 at 6:30pm. This seminar will frame up some discussion topics and set the stage for follow-up conversations.
Finally, participants will be assigned to small groups for follow-up discussion over the next few weeks. Small groups will be structured so that a variety of perspectives are present in each group. This structure will allow participants to talk with people who have different viewpoints. By creating this space for thoughtful conversation, each participant will leave with a widened understanding of perspectives on diversity.
What are the advantages of participating?
It can be hard to find space for safe, thoughtful, and open conversations about race and diversity. Much of what passes for "conversation" is actually talking points on the news, angry social media posts, and one-sided summaries that don't change anyone's minds.
But by participating in a Diversity Study Group, you'll be able to have thoughtful, open conversations about race and diversity in an environment where questions and exploration are welcome. You'll be invited to share your perspective while hearing from people with other perspectives.
You'll leave this study not only with a widened understanding of others' perspectives, but with a greater ability to have meaningful conversations with others.
Who is leading this series?
This series is a project by Dr. George Yancey, a professor of sociology at Baylor university with a special interest in race and Christianity.
What is required of participants?
Participants will need to
- Register and take the survey by August 29.
- Attend the September 7 seminar.
- Commit to ongoing conversations with their small groups once assigned. Each group can decide when they meet (and whether to meet in person or online). The conversations will be once a week for 6 weeks.