BUILD: Real Talk – Courageous Conversations about Race

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2520D University Capitol Centre
200 South Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
This event is BUILD approved.

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty and staff to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.

Americans are expressing concern over racial discord at a rate nearly unseen since the Civil Rights Movement. Far too often news and social media outlets inform us about disturbing incidents that reflect racial conflict. There are varying opinions about who’s right and who’s wrong. But the discussion is mostly among races. It’s rarely between races. The one place where we spend most of our time – at work– does not always provide space for dialogue. Many of us were taught at an early age to minimize differences and avoid conversations about race out of fear of making a mistake or offending a person or a group. We avoid asking questions of each other or holding constructive conversation about our differences. Sometimes we even avoid each other altogether, and that hurts our ability to work together effectively. During this session we will create brave space to have informed dialogue that’s grounded in shared understanding.

To register for UI campus courses, log-in to UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development, and click on the “Enroll in Courses” tab. Then use the search fields to find the desired sessions.        

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Chief Diversity Office in advance at 319-353-2388 or