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Entering the Territory: A Conversational Series on Racism is a Course

Entering the Territory: A Conversational Series on Racism

Ended Oct 13, 2020

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Full course description

If we want to harvest a world that creates inclusion, we need to plant new seeds.


Wondering how to move beyond that Black Lives Matter sign in your yard? How to turn social media posting into meaningful dialogue? How to face the seemingly insurmountable complex problem of systemic racism with hope and strength?


Join this interactive process that will help you discover how to bring antiracist practices into your own life. While we will be grounding the dialogue in both Appreciative Inquiry and Quadrant Behavior Theory, rather than teach you about AI or quadrant behavior theory, we want you to experience it in action. Dialogue with others, think about the things you can do in your own corner of the world, learn how to ask generative questions, and start taking steps toward co-creating the change the world is calling for.


Conversation Structure

  • Tuesday September 29, 2020 11am-1pm ET - What? Why are you here? What is it you want to have happen? And what IS working? What is the best you are seeking? How do we set up this cohort to accomplish their goals?
  • Tuesday October 6, 2020 11am - 1pm ET - So What? What do we need to examine to further an antiracist understanding of what society should look like? Who should be at the table? What should we be asking about? How do we honor the excluded or targeted populations we haven’t been hearing? How do we honor the struggle that has been prevalent in the US and across the globe?
  • Tuesday October 13, 2020 11am-1pm ET - Now What? How do we be intentionally inclusive? Who are you going to partner with? What is the work you’ve been doing and you want to continue to do and expand? What is the level of accountability that you want to speak into this cohort?


Who is this dialogue seriess for?

A powerful experience is dependent on the significant will of participants. This series is best suited for those who find the subject matter compelling and desire to dialogue with others and share lived experiences. Previous AI experience is not necessary, though a basic understanding of what Appreciative Inquiry is would be useful. The dialogue series gives participants permission to be messy and seeks to build stronger hearts, not wounded hearts.



This conversational series will take place online via Zoom on Tuesdays from September 29 - October 13, 2020 from 11am to 1pm EST. Given the participatory nature of this event, sessions will not be recorded and we ask that if you sign up you participate in "real time" for all three conversations.




Cathy L. Royal, Ph.D. Is the oldest girl of the oldest girl.  The mother of three “only” children and Nana to Adeloye and Morenike. She has been a Social Justice advocate for over 50 years since the civil disobedience of the 1960s. Cathy uses her “lived experiences” in her work as a Behavioral Scientist, Educator and Organization Development practitioner.  She is a subject matter expert in Appreciative Inquiry, Leadership in Systems, and Social Justice. Cathy is a member Emeritus of NTL.



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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead