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TALX: Conversations About Race & Belonging
May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
More on the TALX: Conversations about race often feel awkward, emotional and overwhelming. Yet things are happening at work, in neighborhoods, and in our children’s schools that make us wish for a better grip on issues such as racism, bigotry, and inequity. Where to start?
Join USA9’s Emmy Award Winning Reporter, Matthew Torres, and a group of parents who found themselves struggling to engage in conversations to change the world from one of fear and divisiveness to one of compassion and civility, and did something about it.
This is a 60 min, in-person, community-based event where you will learn more about how to engage in meaningful, relationship-based conversations about race, identity and belonging. Through the exchange of stories, learning how to listen to understand, and practicing guided self-reflection, parents experience relational conversation, a tool that can be used for many uncomfortable and difficult life interactions.
– Learn a paired storytelling exercise you can use to start tough conversations with those you need to talk to most.
– Get connected with resources in our community and begin or deepen your own journey of awareness and understanding about racial inequity.
– Network with facilitators who developed the Open Horizon programming
Bring a friend, come curious, and leave excited to experience the journey for yourselves!
More on the moderator: Matthew Torres has been a WUSA9 reporter since December 2020. His work in the DMV earned him the title of the 2021 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for Best Reporter. Matthew started his television reporting career in Abilene, Texas and as an editorial assistant for HousingWire Magazine. He is a graduate of University of North Texas. Matthew Torres moved to D.C. after spending six years as a reporter for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, where he covered major political events, natural disasters and high-profile trials. His work earned him Emmy and Tennessee Associated Press awards, and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his in-depth work highlighting the opioid crisis.