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Diverse Circle of Hands

A Dynamic Diversity Training Program

Before you can make any substantive and sincere progress towards a more integrated and equitable team structure, your organization will have to confront the legacy of centuries-long inequality. The good news Is that you don't have to go at it alone. CCC's Principal Consultant, Greg Taylor, offers a slate of carefully-developed workshops to help you create a meaningful diversity training program.

As your team building consultant, he can help you understand the issues that many of your employees of color face and how they relate to structural conditions, personal behavior, and more. With this knowledge, you'll be more equipped to face leadership challenges and provide a welcoming, supportive environment for your team members to do their best work.


Upcoming Workshop

The Erosion of Empathy:
The Cause, Cure & Cultivation of The Empathy Quotient (EQ)

We all have biases, both implicit and explicit. Everyone has some type of prejudice, including those considered to be the best among us. There are some who have explicit racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, homophobic views, opinions and attitudes. But, in all of this, many people are, simply evil, they exist without care, concern, conscience, empathy or remorse for black, brown people and other marginalized groups as they perniciously pursue and dehumanize these groups to justify inhumane legal and illegal acts against them. 

Greg Taylor

In his book, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave & Exterminate Others, author David Livingstone Smith states, to conceive a person or people as being subhuman, “they are imagined to have the essence of creatures that elicit negative responses, such as, disgust, fear, hatred and contempt, and are usually thought of as predators, unclean animals or prey.” Those individuals who believe in dehumanization reflect an absence or erosion of empathy. Today, society increasingly has made it more feasible for individuals such as they to live as though their Behavior, attitudes and actions should be expected and accepted as normal.

In his book The Science of Evil: On Empathy and The Origins of Cruelty, Simon Baron Cohen defines empathy in this way, “empathy occurs when we suspend our single-minded focus of attention and instead adopt a double-minded focus of attention.” He goes on to say that empathy is our ability to do two things at once, first to have the ability to identify what someone else is thinking, feeling or experiencing, and second, to respond to their thoughts, feelings and experiences with appropriate action. There is scientific evidence that we can increase our empathy quotient, it is malleable for most people!

Participants will:

  • Learn how to increase self-awareness about empathy, and measure their own “Empathy Quotient.”
  • Develop skill in identifying the absence of emphatic behavior and attitudes and actions within their personal, professional and community spaces.
  • Understand the reason and need for expanding and cultivating their EQ and why complacency perpetuates status-quo.
  • Experience how to courageously confront, interrupt and redirect behavior, attitudes and actions that reflect the absence of empathy.  

Race, Bias, and Dissonance: Understanding How They Intersect With Inequity

At the cornerstone of every organization is the ability to rationally and empathetically process our interactions with others while making sound judgments about the experiences we share with them. Jammed between reason, emotion, and authentic connection, implicit bias, and cognitive dissonance create practical consequences for people of color in the form of equitable access to housing, education, healthcare, and more. Uncover these barriers to equality and effective cooperation with this workshop, available in two parts.

Race, Bias, and Dissonance:

Participants will:

  • Increase awareness of biases and how they negatively impact people of color.
  • Gain deeper insight of how cognitive dissonance influences our behavior & actions.
  • Strengthen your efforts of dialogue and conversation as a racial justice advocate.
  • Develop greater awareness & appreciation of historical contributions made by people of color.

Race, Bias, and Dissonance II

Race, Bias & Dissonance II:
Beyond Awareness, Into Concrete/Incongruent Action Steps

“Equity and Inclusion at Work” should first, easily be recognized, shared and understood by workers within their work environment, and then felt and experienced by clients, customers, partners and everyone else that they come into contact with. Equity/inclusion in our personal and community networks, likewise, should reflect the same. Equity is not a garment to be worn in certain places on certain occasions. It must be woven, nurtured and cultivated into the very fabric of who we are, and who we are becoming where ever we may find ourselves in this process! 

This workshop is part II of “Race, Bias & Dissonance: Understanding How They Intersect With Inequity, that I introduced several years ago. It is an introduction to the concept & connection of racism, implicit bias & cognitive dissonance and how they intersect, operate & support each other through decisions that we make in our day to day routines within the workplace, home and community. In RBD II, we start from the context of knowing and having awareness of our implicit biases. it is highly recommended that participants take the Race & Gender Sciences, Implicit Association Test (IAT), prior to attending this workshop to maximize their experiential learning opportunities (I provide an emailed attachment with instructions for registered participants).

It is through explicit & conscious understanding and awareness of our   implicit, unconscious associations/biases that we are capable to become responsible, realizing & knowing why we must join in the collective effort to lay the bricks & mortar of equity/inclusion in building authentic work environments along with personal and community networks of inclusion for all.

Participants will:

  • Increase understanding of how to effectively engage in authentic & meaningful dialogue about race in professional, personal & community environments.
  • Develop deeper insight in identifying implicit bias & how it impacts equity & inclusion through decisions that we make in our daily routines.
  • Gain greater knowledge of the distorted historical context & how it impacts people of color.
  • Learn concrete action steps to eliminate systemic oppression through policy, practices & procedures in your workplace, personal & community networks.

Immigrant/Refugee Integration: Successful Strategies for Welcoming our New Americans

In this interactive workshop participants will learn about the barriers that inhibit successful and meaningful immigrant/refugee integration and dialogue into our communities. Participants will experience "The Refugee Project; Walk In My Shoes," an education simulation coordinated by Sandra Vanderpol of World Relief. The simulation includes being transformed into refugees escaping for their lives; participants will undergo mock interviews by immigration authorities, as well as listen to a local refugee's inspiring story.

Immigrant/Refugee Integration

Participants will learn:

  • New outreach strategies that strengthen meaningful interaction and engagement between New Americans and receiving community members.
  • Communication strategies that cultivate and emphasize the positive aspects of a united and diverse community between New Americans  and mainstream populations.
  • How to engage and encourage the participation of mainstream leaders in efforts that build community among immigrant/refugee populations.

Immigrant/Unauthorized Immigrant Integration

Immigrant/Unauthorized Immigrant Integration: How Detainment/Deportation Destabilizes Our Communities

Many people don't know what happens to an unauthorized immigrant that is arrested or apprehended and has no criminal record but had their visa expired, or they entered the country by unauthorized means. There is a shocking reality that most are unaware of that's literally, tragically devastating the lives of people who live and work all around us. Families are severely impacted, and so are our communities.

This workshop is for policymakers, administrators, educators, service providers and those interested in a deeper understanding and perspective on this issue. We all interact with unauthorized people throughout our communities. It is important to raise our awareness if we are to be successful in redefining the narrative about creating safe and welcoming communities for our new Americans as well as cultivating a political climate for comprehensive immigration reform.

Participants will:

  • Gain an increased awareness of how the immigration detention system operates.
  • Examine what conversations we need to engage in to reshape the destructive narrative that is being promoted.
  • Identify specific steps and actions to take within your personal, professional and community networks to promote immigration reform policies that work.
  • Learn about efforts that they can join and support to assist detainees and their families.

Post-Racial America: Are We There Yet? Beyond The Myth, Towards Courageous Change

A major challenge for racial justice advocates today is how do we move the popular understanding of racism and inequity from the narrow view of individual prejudice to the much broader awareness of systemic inequality. Through active learning and panel discussions, participants will gain deeper insights into how different types of racism operate simultaneously in our everyday situations and explore solutions that address systems rather than the symptoms of inequality. During this workshop participants will also learn strategies that emphasize equity, inclusion, and unity.

Post-Racial America

Participants will:

  • Gain more profound insight into how to identify the different types of racism and what to do when you encounter them.
  • Learn hands-on strategies for positive social change practice in personal and professional relationships.
  • Develop a racial justice leadership lens that succeeds in opening and facilitating non-threatening conversations about race.
  • Strengthen your efforts and actions as a racial justice advocate.


Books and Articles

Alexander, M. (2012). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press. 

Blackmon, D. (2009). Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Anchor. 

Blinderman, C. (1986). The Piltdown Inquest. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Browder, A. (2004). Egypt on the Potomac: A guide to Decoding Egyptian Architecture and Symbolism in Washington, D.C. Washington D.C.: The Institute of Kharmic Guidance.

Browder, A. (1989). From the Browder File: 22 Essays on the African American Experience. Washington, D.C.: The Institute of Karmic Guidance.

Coates, T. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.

DeGruy, J. (2005). Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Portland, OR: Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. 

Ghandnoosh, N. (2014). “Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies.” The Sentencing Project. Retrieved from http://www.sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Race-andPunishment.pdf

Greenwald, A., & Banaji, M. (2013). Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

Hall, R. (1998). Cognitive Dissonance: The Theory. Psychology World. Retrieved from https://web.mst.edu/~psyworld/cognitive_dissonance.htm

James, G. (1989). Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy. Norfolk, VA: United Bros. & United Sisters Communications Systems Inc.

Jones, J. (2015) A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America. Basic Books.

Kaplan, H.R. (2011). The Myth of Post-racial America: Searching for Equality in the Age of Materialism. R & L Education.

Katznelson, I. (2005). When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 

Loewen, J. (2007). Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York, NY: Touchstone. 

Muhammad, K. (2010). The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

Palmer, R. (1966). A History of the Modern World (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Knopf.

Rogers, J. A. (2011). World’s Great Men of Color (Kindle ed.). New York, NY: Touchstone.

Ross, H. (2014). Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Staats, C., Capatosto, K., Wright, R. A., & Contractor, D. (2015). State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2015. Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Retrieved from http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/my-product/2015-state-of-thescience-implicit-bias-review

Stamper, N. (2016). To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. Nation Books.

Stone, M. (1976). When God was a Woman: The landmark exploration of the ancient worship of the Great Goddess and the eventual suppression of women’s rites. New York, NY: Harcourt, Inc.

Van Sertima, I. (1983). Blacks in Science: ancient and modern. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Wilkerson, Isabel. (2011). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Vintage.

Williams, C. (1946). And If I Were White: A Reply to the “If I Were A Negro Series” by Prominent White Writers. Washington D.C.: Shaw Publishing Company.

Wilson, A. N. (1993). The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry, and the Politics of White Supremacy (AWIS Lecture Series). Brooklyn, NY: Afrikan World InfoSystems.

Wright, B. E. (1985). The Psychopathic Racial Personality: and Other Essays (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: Third World Press.

Children’s Book List

6 & under

Diakite?, B. W., & Diakite?, P. (2006). I Lost my Tooth in Africa. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Hamilton, V., Dillon, D, & Dillon, L. (2004). The People Could Fly: The Picture Book. New York, NY: Dragonfly Books. 

10 to 16

Nelson, K. (2011). Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. New York, NY: Balzer + Bray.

Weatherford, C. B., & Nelson, K. (2006). Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.

On the Web - Videos and documentaries

Adelman, L. (Executive Producer/Series Creator). (2003). RACE - The Power of an Illusion [Documentary]. United States: California Newsreel. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm

Browne, K. (Director), Kovgan, A. (Director), Ray, J. (Director). (2008). Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North [Documentary]. United States: The American Documentary. Retrieved from http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/

Christ, A. (Director). (2016). Out of Darkness: A Film by Δ† [Documentary]. United States: Building Seven Media Company. Retrieved from http://outofdarknessfilm.com/

Desmond-Harris, Jenée. [Vox]. (2014, October 10). 11 Ways Race Isn’t Real. [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.vox.com/2014/10/10/6943461/race-social-construct-originscensus [dothetest]. (2008, March 10). Test Your Awareness: Do the Test. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQdMgtncpoE

[Frank White]. (2015, July 12). Bias News Media Coverage Against Blacks vs Whites. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRknjB2WsaQ

Green, L. [lacigreen]. (2015, May 8). Is Racism Really Over Yet? [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/h_hx30zOi9I Holtrof, C. [Ancestral Productions]. (2014, March 1). Anthony T. Browder - Egypt on the Potomac. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/SXCafoGpZ9M

[INFAMOUSHGC]. (2014, December 17). The Event: How Racist Are You with Jane Elliott. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/7cCkrP2Pcug

Nasheed, T. (Director). (2016). Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy [Documentary]. United States: King Flex Entertainment. Retrieved from http://hiddencolorsfilm.com/

Pollard, S. (Producer/Director). (2012). Slavery By Another Name [Documentary]. United States: PBS. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/home/

Resnick, B. [Vox]. (2016, April 7). These Scientists Can Prove It’s Possible to Reduce Prejudice. [Article]. Retrieved from http://www.vox.com/2016/4/7/11380974/reduce-prejudicescience-transgender

[wondertrip]. (2016, January 2). Being Black by Jane Elliot. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/4yrg7vV4a5o

[vlogbrothers]. (2014, December 30). Racism in the United States: By the Numbers. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQdMgtncpoE

[yocom2]. (2006, December 8). Beyond Belief: The Table Top Illusion with Mahzarin Banaji. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/PJ0sNmLH_IQ


“A History of Racial Injustice” by the Equal Justice Initiative http://racialinjustice.eji.org/

“About the IAT” by Project Implicit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/iatdetails.html

“Bias Cleanse” by MTV’s LookDifferent and the Kirwan Institute http://www.lookdifferent.org/what-can-i-do/bias-cleanse

“We Are America” http://lovehasnolabels.com