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[VIRTUAL] Business Students for Racial Equity | From Privilege to Progress: Desegregating the Public Conversation About Racism and Allyship

Wednesday, Apr 7 2021 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm EDT

This 90-minute virtual workshop will be facilitated by the founders of From Privilege to Progress (P2P), Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene. We will begin with Melissa and Michelle recounting their lived experiences related to the Philadelphia Starbucks incident where two Black men were unjustly arrested while waiting for their friend ( and discussing its implications for understanding what racism in the US looks like today. Melissa, a white woman, and Michelle, a Black woman, offer two different perspectives on recognizing their own privilege, navigating their unique identities, and contributing to conversations about race. They will then moderate a group conversation about the importance of individual change and the ways in which it creates a culture of authentic inclusion and diversity in a school community and a more equal and just society. The facilitators will engage both white community members and community members of color in practicing radical honesty, vulnerability, and productive listening to answer the question - how can we have a more productive conversation about race? The discussion will guide attendees through a personal reflection to critically examine their own privilege, racial identities, and biases before addressing practical steps to practice allyship. Community members will leave the workshop with heightened awareness, a readiness for deeper work and personal accountability, and common language with which to continue the conversation within the community and in everyday life. Sponsored by: Business Students for Racial Equity, the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life through Belonging at Yale, Yale School of Management, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Yale School of Medicine, Yale Divinity School, Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Architecture, Yale Latino Networking Group, Yale African American Affinity Group, Asian Network at Yale, and Yale's Office of Diversity & Inclusion.