Southern Oregon biracial couple offers effective racial equity training

Municipal leaders, police departments, school districts and churches commend CGC as best training experience
By: Common Ground Conversations on Race in America
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - Dec. 28, 2021 - PRLog -- A unique style of racial equity training is receiving consistently positive feedback from a broad range of industry sectors. Harvard Law School published a report in October on the positive impact of racial equity audits and their increasing popularity among top companies. But corporations aren't alone, and options for racial equity training of leaders and staff are broad and disparate. Now there's a new racial equity training option recommended by school superintendents, government leaders and police chiefs. .

Common Ground Conversations on Race in America (CGC) is an education and training consultancy in southern Oregon receiving consistent praise for its unique style of training. Co-founded by Mike and Emily Green, a biracial couple homeschooling two young boys, CGC equips participants with practical engagement tools to cultivate a culture of collaboration, empathy and belonging. In less than three years, CGC has grown from a workshop on "How to Talk to Kids About Race in America" for schools and churches into a national consultancy with institutional clients. Today, CGC offers effective training for school districts, universities, churches and nonprofit organizations, municipalities, businesses and police departments.

"Just wow! I cannot thank you enough for your amazing presentation" wrote the human resources director at the City of Ashland, Oregon in an email. "I've been fielding positive comments; our staff was very receptive and appreciative."

Police chiefs in two Oregon cities, Ashland and Central Point, recommended CGC training be included at the Oregon state academy for all police officers.

"CGC developed a training to bring awareness about race in our work places with real historical perspective that encourages equity and unity in our community, wrote the City of Central Point Police Chief. "It is focused on how we can be more effective in serving our communities."

The initial CGC facilitation introduces paradigm-shifting new knowledge through a lens of historical context and collective learning within a no-blame, no-shame conversational environment that fosters productive dialogue through a "conversations journey" leading to actionable steps. CGC purports to be a prerequisite, not a replacement, to other racial equity and antibias training options.

"Participants enter their first CGC training with a fair amount of skepticism," Co-founder Mike Green said. "But during our CGC process we see a remarkable rise in interest, engagement and energy levels reaching a crescendo that's palpable throughout the room. By the end, participants are engaging in impromptu conversations and asking for more CGC training time. That's not the kind of responses we hear from other similar types of training."

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