Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community Project
The Creating a Healthier Multicultural Community Project is a response to the desire of many residents of the predominantly white La Crosse region to widen their awareness, understanding, respect and empathy for the lived realities of people with a wide range of racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
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In the news:
English Lutheran Church
First Congregational Church
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council
Gundersen Medical Foundation
La Crosse Area Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network
La Crosse Area SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice
La Crosse Community Foundation- Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund
Mayo Clinic Health System
Robert & Maureen Freedland Fund for Holocaust Studies
Unitarian Universalists La Crosse
Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ Catalyst Grant
YWCA La Crosse
Distinguished Speakers & Facilitators Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan
Reggie and Fran have worked in the field of racial justice for many years, receiving numerous awards, and are associated with America's Black Holocaust Museum. They have presented twice in La Crosse, where they were well received. Here they are receiving the Friebert Award for their work in social justice.
Reggie and Fran, experts in the field of racial justice and in facilitation of productive dialogue around sensitive topics, will play a key role. Read their full bios here.
Thinking differently about difference
To bring about a true change in the status quo, people must think differently about difference. Through this project, the greater La Crosse community is tapping into a powerful catalyst for personal growth and change -- respectful and intimate conversations with individuals whose lived realities are very different from our own.
One of the key strengths of this project is creating a venue for small group dialogue (Deep Dives), which will be facilitated by locally trained people, under the supervision of Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan.
Deep dialogues in a safe atmosphere, led by skilled leaders, enable individuals to discover biases within themselves, and to challenge and overcome the wired-in racial stereotypes we all carry.
In addition to the small group dialogues, Reggie and Fran will give 2 public presentations as well as helping with the recruitment and training of local people as facilitators.
These locally trained facilitators and the attendees from the Deep Dives will be a community resource creating a secondary wave of change by taking this work further into our community.
Full text of Krishnamurti's speech from which this quotation is drawn.
Read more about, and by, Krishnamurti.