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[00:00:02.800]Good morning, good morning.
[00:00:04.130]It is 11:35,
[00:00:06.440]so we're so happy to have you here for NCLUDE.
[00:00:14.070]So we hope that everyone is well
[00:00:17.250]and working toward recovering
[00:00:19.060]from this horrible, debilitating pandemic
[00:00:22.150]that will impact and change our lives forever.
[00:00:25.300]So be safe and stay well.
[00:00:28.270]So good morning, I'm so excited to be here.
[00:00:30.560]I'm so excited for today.
[00:00:33.100]I am Dr.Karen Kassebaum
[00:00:34.930]and I welcome you to November NCLUDE.
[00:00:38.690]If you are new here and have not been here before, welcome.
[00:00:42.900]This is a community in which all are welcome,
[00:00:46.010]and we engage in candid conversations
[00:00:49.430]and partake in learning as it relates
[00:00:52.060]to the importance and awareness
[00:00:54.980]of inclusive excellence.
[00:00:56.950]We meet quarterly and try to learn
[00:00:59.410]from what individuals or organizations are doing,
[00:01:02.730]to demonstrate inclusive excellence.
[00:01:05.050]And we encourage and foster a community
[00:01:08.070]of support and kindness of one another.
[00:01:12.630]I am so honored today,
[00:01:13.740]I don't even know how to behave.
[00:01:15.930]This person means so much to me.
[00:01:18.020]I know I know.
[00:01:19.830]But, I have the honor today of introducing, Dr.Nick Pace.
[00:01:25.610]Dr.Pace is a former social worker, teacher,
[00:01:30.050]coach, principal, currently serves as a Professor
[00:01:34.900]and a Chair of the Department of Educational Administration.
[00:01:38.151](Dr. Kassebaum exclaims) PhD from there.
[00:01:40.320]His passion and scholarly focus has been on preparing
[00:01:44.970]and sustaining school principals.
[00:01:48.520]Let's give a big welcome to Dr.Pace.
[00:01:51.610]Use those reaction buttons please.
[00:01:54.240]Let's go, give me some claps.
[00:01:55.590]Let me see some, yes.
[00:01:57.200]Let's get fired up, yes.
[00:02:00.090]All right, Dr.Pace.
[00:02:02.850]Thank you very much Dr.Kassebaum,
[00:02:05.757]it's an honor to be here.
[00:02:09.600]It's really an honor to be asked by Dr.Kassebaum
[00:02:11.820]and Jessie Peter and Jerri Harner,
[00:02:14.590]really honored that they asked me for their help
[00:02:17.280]in facilitating a conversation today.
[00:02:21.270]And I wanna thank them for their help
[00:02:23.380]in helping me prepare some thoughts.
[00:02:29.208]And I'm very appreciative
[00:02:30.150]of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
[00:02:31.990]for offering so many opportunities,
[00:02:35.000]to learn and grow.
[00:02:37.550]And I'm really appreciative
[00:02:38.740]of each of you investing the time to be here.
[00:02:43.010]When Dr.K and Jerri and Jessie
[00:02:46.680]and I met several weeks ago to talk about this presentation,
[00:02:50.260]they were tremendously helpful.
[00:02:51.750]And to my surprise,
[00:02:54.980]I choked and cried my way through most of that conversation.
[00:02:58.670]As I shared the stories that I'll try to relate today.
[00:03:03.600]I wanna thank them for holding that space for me
[00:03:06.167]and the grace that gave me that day.
[00:03:08.670]And I hope to get those stories out
[00:03:11.020]with a clearer voice today, but I might not.
[00:03:15.210]Among other things that reminds me of the pain and fear,
[00:03:22.330]that's so close to the surface for so many people right now
[00:03:26.230]in different degrees, from different sources.
[00:03:30.670]But I think, programs like this give us a chance
[00:03:35.950]and a venue to do something with that.
[00:03:39.410]And so I'm very appreciative of the opportunity
[00:03:42.030]and of your time and being here.
[00:03:45.940]As we come together today from so many places,
[00:03:51.820]I wanna acknowledge that we're doing so on the past, present
[00:03:55.110]and future homelands of the Pawnee, Ponca, Oto and Missouri,
[00:04:00.300]Omaha, Dakota, Lakota, Arapaho and Cheyenne,
[00:04:03.500]and Quapaw peoples as well as the relocated whole chunk,
[00:04:07.380]Iowa and Sac and Fox peoples.
[00:04:10.960]And as we treasure the founding principles of UNL
[00:04:14.120]as a land grant institution through the moral act,
[00:04:17.870]we must not forget that displacement violence, settlement
[00:04:21.800]and survival are also a part of our history.
[00:04:25.360]And that the moral act came into US possession often
[00:04:29.240]as a result of injustice to indigenous peoples.
[00:04:33.190]This context, I think is crucial to our conversation today
[00:04:36.710]and in the future, as we embrace our mission
[00:04:39.530]to provide equal access to educational opportunity,
[00:04:44.670]seek inclusion, learn from each other
[00:04:47.540]and work to build long lasting relationships
[00:04:49.970]with the indigenous peoples of Nebraska.
[00:04:56.320]So I've identified some goals here with the team's help,
[00:05:01.610]try to facilitate a conversation using some memories
[00:05:04.420]and stories from my own experience.
[00:05:07.400]I invite you to consider your identity and identities
[00:05:11.420]and your privilege and position,
[00:05:14.920]and hopefully commit to action from where each of us is
[00:05:19.570]to promote inclusion.
[00:05:22.580]As a little bit of background,
[00:05:23.860]I'm a 52 year old cisgender straight male.
[00:05:27.240]Parent of... (Dr.Pace clears throat)
[00:05:28.580]Parent of grown children, Sienna and Addison,
[00:05:31.180]husband to Roxanne.
[00:05:33.710]I'm a former social worker, teacher, coach, principal,
[00:05:36.660]as Dr.K said.
[00:05:38.650]Grew up in Winterset, Iowa in a town, or excuse me,
[00:05:41.810]in a house that was built in 1872.
[00:05:46.100]I can relate to Wilkerson's description
[00:05:49.810]of America as an old house
[00:05:51.870]in chapter two of her book "Caste."
[00:05:54.940]I can tell you, there were a lot of mysteries
[00:05:56.960]behind the bulges, cracks and wonky angles
[00:06:01.290]in that house where I grew up.
[00:06:04.180]And Wilkerson is spot on when she says that,
[00:06:07.480]you may not want, for example,
[00:06:09.050]to look in the basement after a rainstorm.
[00:06:11.730]I did that one time
[00:06:13.180]and saw the kitty litter pan floating
[00:06:15.960]at about three feet of water.
[00:06:19.100]So Wilkerson's analogy
[00:06:20.720]that America is an old house works for me.
[00:06:25.190]Despite how that limestone foundation had settled,
[00:06:29.930]despite the years of Midwest weather,
[00:06:33.090]despite what the raccoons and the squirrels had done
[00:06:35.450]in the attic and in the walls,
[00:06:37.160]it was a sturdy house and flawed.
[00:06:41.370]And it had problems that as Wilkerson notes,
[00:06:44.220]left unattended will only get worse
[00:06:47.080]until they're untenable.
[00:06:50.970]Roxanne and I used to joke that we're from Winterset
[00:06:53.630]before Oprah discovered it,
[00:06:55.400]before the book and the movie,
[00:06:56.637]"The Bridges of Madison County.
[00:06:59.400]And most people laughed and said,
[00:07:01.110]well, you may be from there,
[00:07:02.120]but it's never really been cool.
[00:07:05.060]But whatever the case,
[00:07:07.380]that's one of the places where I come from today.
[00:07:12.650]I'm not a sociologist, historian or anthropologist,
[00:07:15.660]and I'm not a diversity scholar.
[00:07:18.340]I'm really not an expert in anything
[00:07:20.490]related to today's topic
[00:07:22.830]other than my own journey of 57 years toward learning
[00:07:26.730]and understanding how I can work
[00:07:29.090]to make the world more just and equitable.
[00:07:36.360]This is a team photograph of the 1990
[00:07:41.050]University of Northern Iowa Panthers.
[00:07:43.680]This was a good team.
[00:07:45.710]It was 23 and nine,
[00:07:46.970]and was one of only two teams in NCAA Tournament history,
[00:07:53.960]for a 14 to beat the three C.
[00:07:59.600]But that's not why we're here today, but set that context.
[00:08:05.660]There was very little racial or ethnic diversity
[00:08:08.290]where I grew up.
[00:08:09.220]I recall a native American classmate,
[00:08:11.560]but I didn't know him well.
[00:08:14.160]I attended the University of Northern Iowa,
[00:08:15.600]won a basketball scholarship,
[00:08:17.110]and that's where most of my exposure to diversity
[00:08:21.630]broadly defined began.
[00:08:26.530]I was a college kid in the early '90s,
[00:08:28.980]a sociology major and a history minor.
[00:08:32.370]So I wasn't oblivious to issues of power
[00:08:36.520]and privilege and oppression,
[00:08:38.850]but I suppose I wasn't dialed into them really either.
[00:08:44.560]My basketball teammates and I
[00:08:46.980]kept our interaction around race,
[00:08:48.780]pretty light like whether KRS won
[00:08:52.050]or public enemy or guns and roses
[00:08:54.400]would be up next on the locker room stereo.
[00:08:58.640]I'm gonna date myself a little bit further
[00:09:01.150]and say that starter jackets were all the rage.
[00:09:04.540]And for those who don't know,
[00:09:06.840]starter jackets were popular in the '90s
[00:09:11.390]NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA teams,
[00:09:14.270]always team colors, team logos, often satin.
[00:09:18.680]So if you wanna go full retro,
[00:09:20.420]you can pick up a starter jacket somewhere.
[00:09:25.830]But beyond the jokes,
[00:09:28.200]I remember being struck how my black teammates
[00:09:31.370]would talk about leaving their starter jackets
[00:09:33.640]in the locker room when they went home for the weekend
[00:09:37.160]or for spring break.
[00:09:40.020]And I thought, well, that's a nice jacket and it's cold.
[00:09:43.350]You're gonna want the jacket.
[00:09:44.680]And I felt embarrassed when they patiently explained
[00:09:49.930]that those jackets were the wrong color
[00:09:55.330]for the gangs that operated in their neighborhoods.
[00:10:00.930]And it really stopped me.
[00:10:05.500]And I didn't have the language to call it privilege
[00:10:12.220]or the insight to do much with it at the time,
[00:10:15.960]but it hit me and it never really left.
[00:10:22.850]I think Jesse's got a poll question here.
[00:10:26.900]Invite you to reflect a little bit.
[00:10:28.560]Have you ever had an experience
[00:10:30.810]where you perhaps suddenly realized
[00:10:33.260]the privilege that others around you did not possess?
[00:10:39.160]And if so, did you have the knowledge or insight or skill,
[00:10:43.700]perhaps the language to do something with it
[00:10:46.810]or to act on that realization?
[00:11:15.610]This is very timely watching the returns come in.
[00:11:21.150]Yes, it is, yeah.
[00:11:32.870]Dr. K, would you like me to stop sharing those results
[00:11:35.710]or do you all have that?
[00:11:37.760]Yeah, I'll stop.
[00:11:38.593]We had 99% that said yes, 1% no,
[00:11:44.690]if yes, did you have knowledge, the language skill?
[00:11:52.055]17 yes, 83% said no.
[00:12:03.180]The second story, years later after college,
[00:12:09.940]I was principal at a small rural high school.
[00:12:13.010]And I would meet periodically with the counselor
[00:12:15.210]to talk about things that were going on with our students,
[00:12:17.820]families, teachers, et cetera.
[00:12:19.910]It was a small town of 1500 or so people,
[00:12:24.570]two or three gas stations that also served pizza
[00:12:26.970]and carry out sandwiches.
[00:12:30.000]And it was a spring day and the counselor and I
[00:12:32.680]were in my office.
[00:12:33.910]And she shared with me that
[00:12:36.556]a member of the senior class of 38
[00:12:39.010]had come out to anybody that was paying attention.
[00:12:43.450]And he planned to attend the prom with his boyfriend
[00:12:46.520]who was a student from another school.
[00:12:51.350]And I leaned back in my office chair and I said, well,
[00:12:55.970]you gotta talk them out of it.
[00:12:59.260]And those words just came out of my mouth
[00:13:02.930]and they weren't based on my beliefs
[00:13:05.540]about sexual orientation.
[00:13:08.350]I had had some gay friends in college,
[00:13:10.310]but I hadn't given sexual orientation much thought.
[00:13:14.480]And to be clear,
[00:13:16.980]the counselor knew that I didn't expect her
[00:13:19.850]to leave my office and go talk, Pete,
[00:13:22.330]the student out of his plans,
[00:13:25.280]my first thoughts centered around the powerfully negative,
[00:13:28.350]maybe violent reaction that I anticipated
[00:13:31.530]in the school and community.
[00:13:33.890]And I felt responsible for preventing
[00:13:37.860]those kinds of reactions.
[00:13:39.980]The murder of Matthew Shepard had happened
[00:13:41.820]a couple of years before,
[00:13:44.440]and I didn't expect that level of violence,
[00:13:46.670]but I was really concerned about
[00:13:48.810]humiliation, harassment, assault.
[00:13:53.740]At the time, compulsory heterosexuality
[00:13:57.090]or toxic masculinity weren't words I used,
[00:14:01.870]but I was nearly obsessed
[00:14:03.600]with fears around the learning environment
[00:14:05.340]and his safety at school.
[00:14:07.320]And what do you do about the PE locker room?
[00:14:09.170]And how many times a day do I need to check the parking lot?
[00:14:12.420]And I can remember wondering if I needed to, you know,
[00:14:16.220]make it a practice of checking the lug nuts on his car.
[00:14:19.170]'Cause I think I had read somewhere
[00:14:20.780]that a gay person had been involved in a car crash
[00:14:24.900]and they determined that someone had sabotaged the car.
[00:14:28.280]Felt like I needed to be everywhere.
[00:14:32.220]Despite my fears and worst case scenarios,
[00:14:34.520]none of those things came to pass,
[00:14:38.110]and Pete actually only had a couple of negative things
[00:14:41.020]said to him at school, to my amazement.
[00:14:44.520]The students, and especially the girls,
[00:14:46.690]rallied around him in an unmistakable way.
[00:14:51.360]He attended the prom virtually
[00:14:53.580]without incident or disruption.
[00:14:56.302]And a couple of weeks after the prom,
[00:14:58.470]the word came that Pete was being awarded
[00:15:02.170]one of the first Matthew Shepard scholarships in Iowa,
[00:15:05.330]which covered full tuition, books,
[00:15:07.340]and fees at a state university.
[00:15:11.460]I knew having that award presented
[00:15:14.510]at the school Awards Night in a packed gym of 1200 people
[00:15:18.130]was the right thing to do.
[00:15:20.130]And I knew we would do it
[00:15:22.350]even though other schools had chosen
[00:15:24.290]to not allow that award to be presented.
[00:15:26.950]And even in recent years,
[00:15:28.040]some have chosen not to allow it to be presented.
[00:15:32.140]But again, I thought the odds were pretty good.
[00:15:33.660]I'd have to pack somebody out of the gym
[00:15:35.380]for being violent or disrespectful or disruptive.
[00:15:39.840]The town relied on the county sheriff
[00:15:41.590]18 miles away for law enforcement.
[00:15:44.440]So I didn't know what we would do
[00:15:45.670]if Fred Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church
[00:15:47.920]showed up to protest as they had done a week before
[00:15:51.300]when the award was presented to another student
[00:15:53.520]elsewhere in the state.
[00:15:56.170]Thankfully, none of those things happened,
[00:16:00.130]and I was more than a little disappointed in myself
[00:16:03.520]for having assumed the worst,
[00:16:05.500]and anticipated only negative outcomes.
[00:16:13.730]Later that summer I left the school
[00:16:15.560]and transitioned to a faculty position
[00:16:18.740]in higher education back at my alma mater,
[00:16:23.450]and later I conducted some research
[00:16:25.950]into the events of that spring and Pete's senior year.
[00:16:30.130]I think Jesse has made one of those pieces available
[00:16:34.320]in the chat if you're interested in reading it.
[00:16:37.220]But through that process,
[00:16:38.470]I talked pretty extensively with Pete
[00:16:41.610]about the events of that spring
[00:16:43.590]and his coming out experience
[00:16:45.240]and what he anticipated and what he experienced at school.
[00:16:49.430]And he sent me an email during that time
[00:16:53.610]that really moved me.
[00:17:00.111]And it wasn't anything I had done.
[00:17:06.190]It was a lot of things, but it wasn't anything I had done.
[00:17:10.480]Despite my apprehensions and my fears,
[00:17:13.310]Pete had given us the chance to choose a side.
[00:17:16.650]And he'd given educators like me the opportunity to grow.
[00:17:21.130]He'd given us a chance
[00:17:22.160]to use a bit of our power and privilege.
[00:17:25.440]He'd given us a gift, even though my initial self reaction
[00:17:29.800]and self absorption prevented me from seeing it as such.
[00:17:35.890]I would've gladly passed on the whole experience
[00:17:39.300]given the choice.
[00:17:43.420]I'm very glad I didn't have that opportunity to pass now.
[00:17:51.210]The third story I wanna to quickly share with you
[00:17:53.980]is how do people respond to your work?
[00:17:58.230]This is a stairwell in the Schindler Education Center
[00:18:01.040]at the University of Northern Iowa.
[00:18:02.860]A few years after Pete's graduation,
[00:18:05.610]I had returned to my alma mater, as I said,
[00:18:09.530]and I was working on my doctoral dissertation,
[00:18:12.380]which examined the school experiences
[00:18:14.650]of eight other students who were openly gay
[00:18:17.470]or lesbian in high school
[00:18:18.570]who also had received a Matthew Shepard scholarship.
[00:18:23.080]And one day I was talking with a female colleague
[00:18:28.150]from another discipline on this stair,
[00:18:32.630]on this landing in the stairwell.
[00:18:35.150]And she also did some research related to sexual minority,
[00:18:38.380]youth, and sexuality in general.
[00:18:40.530]And she asked how people were responding to my research.
[00:18:46.060]And I said, great.
[00:18:47.290]People have been nothing but supportive.
[00:18:50.150]I've had tons of encouragement.
[00:18:52.700]And that was really true.
[00:18:53.910]To a person,
[00:18:55.410]my colleagues and mentors
[00:18:57.300]had really enthusiastically encouraged me
[00:18:59.890]to pursue my work and to share it.
[00:19:04.040]They were generally...
[00:19:05.960]I should say they were genuinely excited
[00:19:08.770]about what I was doing.
[00:19:11.017]"How about you?" I asked,
[00:19:13.520]and she shared a different story.
[00:19:17.500]She said that even well-meaning colleagues
[00:19:19.350]who were supportive of her and her work
[00:19:22.730]had discouraged her from pursuing that line of research
[00:19:26.810]until after tenure.
[00:19:29.470]Stay away from the sexual minority youth stuff
[00:19:33.180]and sexual orientation stuff.
[00:19:36.230]And they cautioned her that it might put a spotlight on her,
[00:19:39.630]or it might generate suspicion or unwanted scrutiny.
[00:19:47.040]She was new to campus and unpartnered.
[00:19:51.010]My situation was different.
[00:19:57.220]And as we stood there and talked,
[00:19:58.780]I felt surprised and then very naive
[00:20:03.950]as we talked about how our research wasn't that different,
[00:20:08.290]but the reactions sure were.
[00:20:10.990]And in that moment I felt layers of privilege
[00:20:13.840]come more clearly into view.
[00:20:15.550]One stacked on another.
[00:20:18.890]I listed a few of them here.
[00:20:21.440]But it struck me that day in the stairwell
[00:20:23.580]that I had multiple get out of jail free cards
[00:20:26.600]that my colleague lacked.
[00:20:29.620]And to be clear,
[00:20:31.840]she was and is a stronger scholar and better researcher.
[00:20:35.580]I am convinced.
[00:20:38.240]But other things seemed to matter more,
[00:20:42.420]like my gender, my being married, my having kids,
[00:20:47.800]my visibility in the community,
[00:20:49.740]being a basketball player from there, my privilege.
[00:20:57.380]My practice and outlook changed further
[00:20:59.780]to include much more awareness and attention to being,
[00:21:04.220]purposeful about trying to serve as an ally and advocate.
[00:21:08.850]I had a much deeper sense of my privilege
[00:21:11.560]and also ways I could do something positive with it.
[00:21:15.470]And to be sure,
[00:21:16.370]I felt awkward about how easily I had missed
[00:21:20.890]what was so painfully obvious to her and others.
[00:21:25.360]But that exchange broadened my view,
[00:21:28.420]my evolving view of the world and of equity
[00:21:32.110]and of my role in bringing the latter to the former.
[00:21:45.380]Last spring, I sat at home,
[00:21:48.680]at my car table office with, tears in my eyes.
[00:21:54.540]Following the murders of George Floyd
[00:21:56.760]and Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery,
[00:21:59.410]and so many others on my mind.
[00:22:02.610]In anger and disbelief and crushing sadness,
[00:22:06.120]and uncertainty of what to do.
[00:22:10.390]And so, with that uncertainty,
[00:22:11.820]I reached out to my black team mates.
[00:22:23.360]I told my guys that my heart hurt for them.
[00:22:37.830]And I told them that, "I know they live."
[00:22:48.940]that I don't know anything about,
[00:22:52.040]and that I will not experience.
[00:23:01.540]I told them I wasn't looking for them to tell me,
[00:23:03.200]I was a woke white guy,
[00:23:05.950]but that my heart, my heart hurt for them.
[00:23:09.760]I told him I was afraid for them,
[00:23:12.590]for their sons and their daughters and their wives.
[00:23:24.530]My son had gone to shoot hoops
[00:23:27.680]at the school playground the night before,
[00:23:30.760]of our text exchange.
[00:23:32.870]And, the playground I think was officially closed
[00:23:37.020]because of the virus.
[00:23:40.180]And I told them, I was sure that if there was one of their
[00:23:42.090]sons at the playground shooting hoops,
[00:23:43.630]somebody probably would have called the police.
[00:23:46.930]And what often happens after that breaks my heart.
[00:23:54.000]I told them that other than vote and donate
[00:23:57.140]and learn and try to use my position and privilege
[00:24:00.980]to acknowledge and address racism and injustice,
[00:24:03.550]I wasn't sure what to do.
[00:24:07.820]We had a really good exchange and,
[00:24:11.960]they shared some things that I knew
[00:24:13.160]and some things that I didn't.
[00:24:15.950]And then, at one point I said,
[00:24:17.820]it seems like the whole world has lost its mind.
[00:24:24.740]And then John Cox,
[00:24:26.530]number 22 point guard from Springfield, Illinois,
[00:24:31.970]who does diversity work at our Alma mater said,
[00:24:35.017]"no, it was always lost.
[00:24:38.450]It's exposed to the light and not in the darkness anymore."
[00:24:43.990]And there it was again,
[00:24:46.750]I said, you're right.
[00:24:48.190]My privilege kept me from seeing it.
[00:24:53.260]Despite years of learning and efforts to address
[00:24:56.150]injustice and prejudice and racism,
[00:24:58.380]and even being recognized for some of those efforts,
[00:25:02.920]despite being more in tune to my immense privilege
[00:25:05.770]than I once was, I still needed JC to point it out to me.
[00:25:13.200]To make it plain, I wasn't, am angry with myself,
[00:25:18.380]embarrassed and ashamed that I still needed to be shown.
[00:25:23.320]I can't believe that after all this journey traveled,
[00:25:26.210]all the books read,
[00:25:27.270]all the professional development sessions attended,
[00:25:29.860]degrees earned and diversity committees served on,
[00:25:34.360]I still needed it.
[00:25:39.250]Isabel Wilkerson could have been quoting me
[00:25:41.870]on page four of "Caste" when she wrote about people saying,
[00:25:45.787]"this is not America, I don't recognize my country."
[00:25:50.790]Wilkerson recognized it.
[00:25:53.570]And so did my teammates and I needed them to help me see it.
[00:26:07.190]I, changed this slide or actually Jesse had to change it
[00:26:11.870]about 14 times because I kept changing things.
[00:26:16.460]But she changed this slide from lessons learned, past tense
[00:26:20.490]to learning lessons, present tense,
[00:26:22.590]because if I've learned anything,
[00:26:24.940]it's that I have more work to do.
[00:26:27.850]And so, I'll try to capture a few of those lessons here.
[00:26:32.100]First, I think Covey was right.
[00:26:33.590]We have to seek first to understand.
[00:26:38.040]These are some of the questions that come up for me
[00:26:40.910]in my story.
[00:26:42.960]I invite you to think about these questions
[00:26:45.090]and think about your own life and your own path
[00:26:48.150]and come up with your own questions and try to answer them.
[00:26:54.450]What's it like to have to leave your jacket
[00:26:56.270]in the locker room?
[00:27:00.220]What's it like to wonder if your sexual orientation
[00:27:03.260]or gender or race or disability or religion or language
[00:27:06.250]or immigration status, or,
[00:27:09.890]will override every other thing about you?
[00:27:15.740]What's it like to have great passion and talent
[00:27:18.380]and be discouraged, dissuaded, dismissed, delayed,
[00:27:22.660]and detoured from pursuing it?
[00:27:26.800]What's it like to feel that you have
[00:27:29.660]to ignore what Parker Palmer calls your "soul's imperative"
[00:27:34.700]or that one thing that you can't not do.
[00:27:48.930]Some more learning lessons.
[00:27:53.320]I'm learning that all those layers of privilege,
[00:27:55.500]give me an audience that some people can't access
[00:27:59.140]and that's not right.
[00:28:01.690]But in some circles, my privilege equates to,
[00:28:06.560]for lack of a better word, credibility and access.
[00:28:10.310]And again, I don't think it's right.
[00:28:12.300]But I've learned that I can get an audience
[00:28:14.150]with athletic directors or with coaches
[00:28:16.310]or school administrators, educators.
[00:28:20.150]Some folks who aren't all diversity warriors by nature
[00:28:24.150]but most of whom I want, I believe, want to do good.
[00:28:30.480]I once wrote a letter to the editor
[00:28:32.910]promoting marriage equality.
[00:28:36.450]And I also made the mistake of reading the online comments,
[00:28:40.110]which I never recommend now.
[00:28:43.560]But despite the things I was called,
[00:28:50.310]one of my takeaways was that for some people
[00:28:53.770]being the former basketball player,
[00:28:55.580]former principal, whatever,
[00:28:57.570]made me an okay guy with reasonable points to make
[00:29:02.180]and not a crazy activist, their words.
[00:29:08.130]And that showed me that maybe
[00:29:09.200]I can bring some people along a bit, whereas other people,
[00:29:13.960]most of whom are better qualified to make the same argument
[00:29:19.410]and to try to get to the same place
[00:29:21.500]would have been dismissed or discounted,
[00:29:26.450]And again, that's not right.
[00:29:28.280]But if I've got that lane,
[00:29:32.000]I think it's incumbent upon me
[00:29:33.600]to take the opportunity and to try.
[00:29:38.560]Despite all that privilege, it took 22 attempts
[00:29:41.520]before I found a publisher to accept my first book,
[00:29:45.220]The Principal's Challenge:
[00:29:46.270]Learning from Gay and Lesbian Students
[00:29:48.170]based on my dissertation research.
[00:29:50.730]I don't think that's because it was horribly written,
[00:29:56.140]but rather because at the time
[00:29:59.300]publishers in school leadership
[00:30:00.970]weren't very interested in talking about
[00:30:02.790]the sexual orientation of high school kids.
[00:30:06.520]They were more interested in talking about test scores
[00:30:09.270]or publishing books on charter schools are safer stuff.
[00:30:15.560]And I think that's another really important thing to look at
[00:30:18.600]because it's structural.
[00:30:21.070]It's structural in the sense of
[00:30:23.670]it reflects what gets shared, what gets talked about,
[00:30:28.580]who controls the conversation and what's undiscussable.
[00:30:34.660]Maybe we base those decision on what'll sell or what won't.
[00:30:38.720]And who makes those decisions?
[00:30:41.290]The editorial board?
[00:30:44.160]Credentialed White guys with experiences that match mine?
[00:30:49.140]The Conference Planning Committee?
[00:30:52.100]The Publishing House?
[00:30:54.740]The White House?
[00:31:01.340]This quote is often attributed to, wait for it,
[00:31:08.880]a white guy named Benjamin Franklin.
[00:31:11.510]But I have been able to find no evidence
[00:31:13.870]that he actually said it, but I believe it to be true.
[00:31:20.130]In that spirit, I've had to become outraged
[00:31:23.100]over my guys leaving their jackets in the locker room
[00:31:26.790]and the individual and systemic racism
[00:31:29.540]that shows how far we haven't come.
[00:31:34.380]I've had to allow myself to be outraged at the things
[00:31:37.790]students in my dissertation research more than 15 years ago
[00:31:41.200]shared about their high school experiences
[00:31:43.960]that I know are the reality for far too many still today.
[00:31:50.890]I've had to become outraged at how much I still miss
[00:31:56.210]in multiple settings.
[00:31:59.320]I've had to allow myself to become outraged
[00:32:01.280]at how my colleague was discouraged,
[00:32:03.280]discounted and redirected.
[00:32:06.500]And as I said, outraged at how much I still miss,
[00:32:11.670]still don't understand,
[00:32:13.730]despite my best efforts, frustrations, inadequacies, tears.
[00:32:20.530]I'm fortunate to be participating
[00:32:22.023]in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Program
[00:32:25.740]this year with some staggeringly talented
[00:32:31.050]leaders and scholars from across the conference.
[00:32:34.490]In a discussion last Friday about leadership
[00:32:36.750]that supports diversity, equity and inclusion.
[00:32:40.020]Dr. Christine Simonian,
[00:32:41.780]being at the University of Michigan said,
[00:32:44.380]as our personal risk decreases our responsibility increases.
[00:32:50.470]I think that captures a lot.
[00:32:53.620]So for me, that responsibilities to my teammates,
[00:32:56.810]to Pete, to my colleague, and to so many others
[00:33:01.940]to use my privilege to illuminate
[00:33:04.550]the individual and systemic racism and inequity,
[00:33:08.640]and to dismantle the beliefs, behaviors, and structures
[00:33:11.740]that underlie it.
[00:33:13.550]Through my official role at my job
[00:33:18.290]and through my work as a private citizen.
[00:33:21.550]Through things like engaging in
[00:33:24.200]103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.
[00:33:28.120]When I first became familiar with that list in June,
[00:33:31.590]it was only 75 things.
[00:33:32.970]So I've got still more things to do.
[00:33:39.050]And it's also my responsibility to trust dudes,
[00:33:41.410]like JC to point out my failings
[00:33:44.970]and to thank them for doing it out of love.
[00:33:52.960]I don't have a recipe for how this supposed to work.
[00:33:56.210]And a lot of folks about how it's messy work
[00:33:58.770]and it's hard and it's dangerous
[00:34:00.310]and we make mistakes and it's hurtful, et cetera.
[00:34:04.940]And so I tried to capture a few points here.
[00:34:09.070]One is embrace the space and seize that opportunity
[00:34:12.150]when it presents itself
[00:34:14.050]and look for those opportunities wherever we are.
[00:34:19.920]And it's not an all-inclusive list,
[00:34:21.835]but listening is big.
[00:34:25.640]Check yourself, push, advocate, demand,
[00:34:31.160]admit mistakes, listen some more,
[00:34:36.140]get uncomfortable, be vulnerable.
[00:34:47.160]This is the old house I grew up in
[00:34:50.150]at 422 West Jefferson in Winterset, Iowa,
[00:34:53.010]which is nearly as old as UNL now.
[00:34:57.690]And I believe Wilkerson's right in chapter two
[00:35:00.220]as I said, when she describes America's an old house,
[00:35:05.540]overlooking brittle shingles will cause the roof
[00:35:08.060]to eventually leak and it'll rot the roof joists
[00:35:12.730]ignoring weight, and weather's toll on the stack limestone
[00:35:16.180]foundation will eventually bring in stability.
[00:35:20.320]And even the most frugal owner knows that the coal burning
[00:35:24.710]furnace and knob and spool wiring eventually become obsolete
[00:35:28.640]and have to be replaced.
[00:35:30.830]Ignore those at your peril.
[00:35:33.010]That's the reality. If you're gonna live in an old house.
[00:35:38.920]Wilkerson's words, remind me of another smart woman,
[00:35:48.970]Who likes to say nothing works in an old house,
[00:35:51.060]but the people.
[00:35:58.770]Both of these women are right.
[00:36:00.570]And friends we've got some work to do on this old house.
[00:36:05.580]I'm deeply honored to have been with you today.
[00:36:09.710]Very much value your presence and your commitment
[00:36:12.820]and the work that you do.
[00:36:14.680]And I sure appreciate you being here.
[00:36:18.810]Oh wow, I was just going to sit in it for a minute, right?
[00:36:23.170]Just want to sit in it for a minute.
[00:36:25.640]Well, Oh, that was awesome.
[00:36:27.550]That was awesome. Thanks so much Dr. Pace.
[00:36:30.430]We appreciate you sharing your journey,
[00:36:32.410]your lived experiences.
[00:36:35.200]Whew, that was amazing.
[00:36:37.240]So I just want to open it up.
[00:36:38.680]If anyone has any questions for Dr. Pace,
[00:36:42.620]please use your raise-your-hand button
[00:36:44.360]and we'll take a few questions.
[00:36:47.320]But wow, that was awesome.
[00:36:56.480]There's a lot going on in that chat check it out.
[00:37:00.065]Loving on ya, loving.
[00:37:20.670]Jerry, did we get any questions?
[00:37:25.990]No, we did not have any questions.
[00:37:28.850]All right. Thank you.
[00:37:31.240]All right. Yeah, that was a lot to take in.
[00:37:34.150]All right, Oh, thank you again.
[00:37:36.170]So, so much.
[00:37:37.705]We're gonna transition now.
[00:37:52.260]Hi everyone, I'm Jessie Peter.
[00:37:54.840]I'm the graduate graduate assistant with Dr. Carsen Bam
[00:38:00.420]We allow transition into breakout rooms to discuss how these
[00:38:05.500]three books have helped us have conversations about
[00:38:09.830]diversity, equity and inclusion.
[00:38:14.130]You can use these prompts to help you in this discussion.
[00:38:18.100]And we welcome everybody to participate.
[00:38:21.450]Even if you've not got a chance to read the book.
[00:38:25.380]Jerry, we'll put in a link for the prompts
[00:38:28.140]and we can use that as you are discussing.
[00:38:32.400]Be prepared to share some of your action steps,
[00:38:36.707]key learnings, or change in perspective When you come back.
[00:38:42.890]Seeing the size of the group,
[00:38:44.870]it might take us about a minute to transition.
[00:38:47.270]So bear with us. Thanks.
[00:39:44.350]I guess we were the group that followed the rules.
[00:39:49.970]How did you? How can you even get to stay in I mean
[00:39:54.271]You should have to stay
[00:39:57.450]Maybe we can just keep meeting
[00:40:02.801]I wish all my students, I like this, right?
[00:40:06.090]I got a job so much easier.
[00:40:09.940]One thing that, you know, the book I was reading the
[00:40:13.960]Oh please go away
[00:40:29.430]Welcome back, everyone.
[00:40:31.020]We'll just give it some more time
[00:40:33.500]to make sure everybody joins us
[00:40:57.410]So I wanna invite anyone who discussed the book cast
[00:41:02.760]to share some of your learnings with the group.
[00:41:11.190]You can raise your hand and then Jerry will unmute you.
[00:41:23.813]I think Marmee Nelson is raising her hand, let me try.
[00:41:31.180]Yes, I was the spokesperson for our group.
[00:41:33.770]We had a really great conversation.
[00:41:35.320]We talked a lot about conversations and perspectives
[00:41:37.820]and different voices and needed more and more in classes
[00:41:41.320]and education and in our conversations
[00:41:43.610]and how much we appreciated that.
[00:41:45.970]We think that back to how important these conversations are,
[00:41:49.210]and hopefully inviting more people to these conversations,
[00:41:51.730]to see their value and but even be more richer,
[00:41:54.220]robust conversation with more and more folks.
[00:41:58.190]Thanks for sharing.
[00:42:01.330]Any other thoughts from the Cast book?
[00:42:05.290]I know Dr. Pace referred to that quite a bit,
[00:42:08.760]so that was helpful for me.
[00:42:15.250]I cannot see everyone on one screen,
[00:42:17.940]so in case you're raising your hand and I miss you
[00:42:25.860]Jerri, do we have anyone else in line?
[00:42:30.910]No one has used the raise-your-hand feature yet.
[00:42:36.300]Probably because we're trying to like,
[00:42:37.327]"where is that feature at?"
[00:42:39.730]Like, nobody knows how to use that thing.
[00:42:45.080]Okay, oh I see Michelle Harvey.
[00:42:50.256]Yeah, I read Cast,
[00:42:52.610]well almost the first 10 chapters,
[00:42:55.730]and I found it-
[00:42:58.420]You can hear me, right?
[00:43:00.453]I found it to be a really fascinating perspective
[00:43:03.060]that I had never thought of
[00:43:06.480]because she doesn't use the word racism in the book,
[00:43:08.630]she talks about how that's not her perspective
[00:43:11.780]and her perspective is setting up the cast very similar,
[00:43:15.140]she compares it to India,
[00:43:16.450]and it was just a really interesting perspective
[00:43:19.410]and allowed me to think about where we are in our country
[00:43:23.430]and how it's laid out very differently from other places,
[00:43:26.520]and how we got from,
[00:43:28.450]how we've gotten to where we are.
[00:43:30.100]So what I've loved about the first third of the book is just
[00:43:34.410]putting me understanding more
[00:43:36.610]of how we've had the events of the past year
[00:43:40.670]and where all of this is coming from.
[00:43:43.160]And just in a different perspective of the term that some,
[00:43:46.877]"oh, you're racist and move on",
[00:43:48.550]but she just really lays it out in a very systematic,
[00:43:51.127]"this is how, this is why we feel this way",
[00:43:53.850]and I'm looking forward to getting to the end of the book
[00:43:56.020]to hopefully she'll give some tips
[00:43:57.480]on how we can get past this direction.
[00:43:59.410]But so far, it's just, it's been super fascinating
[00:44:02.000]and an interesting perspective.
[00:44:03.240]And her comparison to the house that Dr. Pace brings up was,
[00:44:07.975]it's so easy for me to internalize
[00:44:11.900]seeing how that's exactly how she's setting it up.
[00:44:14.770]And it's really interesting, and a great read.
[00:44:25.970]Any other thoughts?
[00:44:29.170]Okay, I'm gonna open up the floor
[00:44:31.020]for anyone who has discussed how to be an inclusive leader,
[00:44:35.360]and some of your thoughts on that.
[00:44:51.520]Dr. Jones has raised her hand.
[00:44:54.340]Yeah, so I'm reading this book
[00:44:56.410]and actually our group was fascinating
[00:44:58.230]'cause we were all reading a different book,
[00:44:59.820]so it was really nice to see the parallels across the books,
[00:45:03.110]But the one interesting thing so far for me,
[00:45:06.450]and I don't know if this is a good strategy or not,
[00:45:09.350]but it's sort of like just naturally happening I think
[00:45:12.320]as I read the book,
[00:45:13.810]and because I am in a leadership role,
[00:45:16.350]and the part of the book that talks about the stages,
[00:45:20.450]or the categories of leaders if you will,
[00:45:23.210]being unaware, aware, active, an advocate.
[00:45:27.760]It's interesting now as I'm moving around in my role
[00:45:32.810]and around campus,
[00:45:36.020]to think about where other leaders are
[00:45:39.140]that I'm engaged with,
[00:45:40.850]and also the barriers that I see.
[00:45:47.480]I really felt that, in my role,
[00:45:49.360]when I moved to the level of Dean,
[00:45:51.450]I would be able to have change.
[00:45:54.040]I would be able to help things change.
[00:45:58.150]And the barriers that I run into, it's just,
[00:46:01.500]it's incredible, to tell you the honest truth.
[00:46:03.800]It's just incredible,
[00:46:05.210]and I, you know, I'm not giving up,
[00:46:07.960]but it's, you know, I feel the barriers.
[00:46:15.950]Thank you for sharing Dean Jones.
[00:46:17.410]Is there like a action that you've taken
[00:46:19.920]to maybe tackle one of these challenges?
[00:46:23.220]Well, so like one of the things...
[00:46:25.760]I actually pulled up the book this morning,
[00:46:27.730]like in the active stage, right?
[00:46:29.520]You're proactively working toward equity
[00:46:31.660]and equal opportunities,
[00:46:33.080]supporting those underrepresented
[00:46:35.010]and marginalized identities.
[00:46:36.490]And I think a couple of things that I have done are,
[00:46:42.520]you know, we're being very bold
[00:46:44.510]and I'm gonna say critical,
[00:46:47.610]but we're being bold and critical of ourselves as a college.
[00:46:50.560]I mean, we're taking a good, hard look at ourselves
[00:46:52.650]in the mirror.
[00:46:53.483]We're not afraid to do that, and I think that's important.
[00:46:56.500]And then, for me personally,
[00:46:59.500]I'm seeking out all that feedback and all that assistance
[00:47:04.670]where people can help us move forward, right?
[00:47:07.500]So people can be harsh in their words,
[00:47:09.800]people can be very critical,
[00:47:11.770]but the first thing I say is "thank you for the feedback".
[00:47:14.660]You know, "how can you help us?"
[00:47:17.240]And that has really enabled a lot of people
[00:47:20.930]to come to the table that maybe previously,
[00:47:24.640]you know, would not have,
[00:47:25.730]or if I'd responded differently, you know,
[00:47:28.480]would have stepped back and been and stayed silent.
[00:47:32.470]But I'm trying not to have that happen, right?
[00:47:36.050]That we want everybody at the table.
[00:47:40.160]Thanks for sharing that.
[00:47:50.490]Any other thoughts or comments?
[00:47:53.070]Okay, I think Erin Omar has raised her hand, okay.
[00:48:03.170]Yeah, so one of the things that was interesting
[00:48:05.630]in the book and we kind of talked about in our group,
[00:48:08.080]is how you can be farther along in the stages
[00:48:12.260]of being an inclusive leader for one group,
[00:48:15.370]but then not really be aware of struggles of another group.
[00:48:20.800]So it's this constant stage of moving forward,
[00:48:24.320]and then kind of looking,
[00:48:26.550]starting back over at the beginning and moving forward
[00:48:30.010]and being okay with that.
[00:48:33.080]To echo what Dr. Jones just said, you know,
[00:48:34.500]like always listening and looking for others to help you.
[00:48:39.310]And what Dr. Pace said earlier, you know,
[00:48:42.440]sometimes you need someone else to point out your short,
[00:48:47.490]like what you don't know yet,
[00:48:50.230]but acknowledging that and being able to move forward.
[00:48:53.570]But I just thought it was interesting that, you know,
[00:48:55.490]you might think like, "oh I'm this really great advocate",
[00:48:57.580]and then you realize like,
[00:48:58.413]"oh, but I've completely missed out
[00:48:59.790]on this other group of people.
[00:49:02.230]So I think that was one of the big takeaways for me.
[00:49:05.850]Thanks, Erin, for sharing that.
[00:49:07.510]I completely agree with you.
[00:49:08.950]Like, it's important to acknowledge where you stand, right?
[00:49:12.490]Like some things you're doing,
[00:49:13.860]some things where probably you can do more.
[00:49:16.480]So yeah, absolutely.
[00:49:19.174]Ooh, we have Jennifer Wood next.
[00:49:23.000]So I'm not reading this book, but I have a quick question.
[00:49:26.620]I have a question to throw out, and whoever wants to answer.
[00:49:29.910]But how do you do this
[00:49:32.120]and keep people from getting defensive?
[00:49:34.640]So I grew up in a really small town.
[00:49:38.130]I grew up with plenty of people who,
[00:49:42.640]racial, gender, all of those things were bad.
[00:49:47.530]I am in a department where people I think
[00:49:52.530]will get defensive if we have these conversations.
[00:49:55.620]So is there a good strategy
[00:49:58.190]for preventing some of that defensiveness?
[00:50:01.580]I mean, I can read the book.
[00:50:03.440]I suppose I should do that.
[00:50:04.800]But just curious if there's anything there
[00:50:07.400]that talks about how to prevent people
[00:50:10.580]from immediately having that visceral defensive response.
[00:50:14.660]Well, Jennifer, yes, you should read,
[00:50:19.280]but I don't think you can control people, right?
[00:50:22.190]Because it is an emotional, it's an emotional thing, right?
[00:50:25.200]So people might get upset,
[00:50:28.020]or people might go negative right away, but tone helps.
[00:50:33.630]Continued conversations help, and gaining some skills
[00:50:38.180]to have those conversations with help.
[00:50:43.050]So people are gonna be angry.
[00:50:44.450]People are going to be negative.
[00:50:50.200]Yeah, I was gonna say, like, I'm not sure if you can.
[00:50:53.240]I don't know.
[00:50:54.073]I've never been able to prevent yeah, any reaction.
[00:51:01.940]I think for me what's been helpful is like,
[00:51:06.749]I think what is helpful for me
[00:51:08.100]is to recognize the humanity of this all,
[00:51:11.360]and I think that it gives me a bit of room
[00:51:13.530]to just be like, "You know, it's not at me, per se."
[00:51:16.700]It feels like it, and I think there are times when
[00:51:19.060]it's my humanity on the line, so it feels really personal,
[00:51:23.110]and at the same time, it's gonna be uncomfortable,
[00:51:28.520]and I think for me, it's like figuring out
[00:51:30.310]how I can tolerate that discomfort
[00:51:31.960]and how I continue to have this conversation, or not,
[00:51:35.080]and how I do that in a way that also preserves
[00:51:37.620]how I can do that in that moment.
[00:51:43.000]Yeah, it's hard.
[00:51:44.400]And I think it's also important for my own work.
[00:51:50.380]Yeah, the thing is, when you think about courage,
[00:51:54.610]you think about trust and skill.
[00:51:57.360]You have to accept that people will come at you.
[00:52:00.710]When you wake somebody up from their sleep,
[00:52:03.060]they might get angry at you.
[00:52:04.360]They might attack you.
[00:52:06.147]Are you willing to take on that risk?
[00:52:08.550]And then skill.
[00:52:10.240]There's a lot of information out there
[00:52:11.420]about how to facilitate conversation, critical conversation.
[00:52:15.320]Like, I talk to my students all the time,
[00:52:17.067]"If you feel triggered, you could name it and say,
[00:52:19.030]This is how I feel.
[00:52:20.830]I wonder how it's affecting other people in the group,"
[00:52:23.570]or, "Would you please explain to me,
[00:52:26.170]where did you get these information from?"
[00:52:28.820]You know, as a facilitator,
[00:52:32.610]I think part of your responsibility to do that self-work
[00:52:35.910]and that skill training, and I think it's also the trust.
[00:52:41.780]Everywhere you go now,
[00:52:43.090]you know that she's giving you the truth.
[00:52:46.160]I have students who come to me and say,
[00:52:47.757]"Hey, Dr. K told me to do this, and I'm doing it."
[00:52:51.210]So I think it's the trust that's important,
[00:52:53.540]and I hope that your leadership is supportive.
[00:52:56.800]I think that's another very important part,
[00:52:59.800]that people might have resistance at first,
[00:53:01.610]but if the leader leads by example and shows up
[00:53:04.870]to all the meetings and models it like Dr. Pace did,
[00:53:10.700]they have vulnerability, they have courage,
[00:53:12.360]then people start to follow the example.
[00:53:16.580]Yeah, that's a great point.
[00:53:18.520]Yeah, I think next we have Lisa Fricke,
[00:53:21.620]and then Jonathan Eagan to make a comment.
[00:53:25.340]This is Lisa Fricke,
[00:53:26.420]and I agree with Dr. K and the other speakers.
[00:53:29.410]One of my dear friends who's since passed away,
[00:53:32.490]Doctor, not a doctor, but Frank Lumier, said,
[00:53:38.497]"Meaningful change doesn't happen
[00:53:41.637]"unless you feel uncomfortable in situations."
[00:53:46.720]It is gonna be uncomfortable,
[00:53:48.510]but I think the advice of the previous speakers
[00:53:52.960]is very, very important, and listening to understand.
[00:53:58.460]There might be a trigger in somebody's life
[00:54:00.850]where they hear something or see something,
[00:54:04.640]they get enraged, but you need to listen to understand
[00:54:09.400]rather than to listen to think of a rebuttal.
[00:54:16.620]That's a great point, thanks so much.
[00:54:21.850]I think that, I'm not sure exactly how to phrase this,
[00:54:25.480]but particularly with the conversation
[00:54:28.920]that we've been having about racism recently,
[00:54:33.180]I think that for a lot of people, there is this fear that,
[00:54:41.070]I mean, they do not consider themselves to be racist
[00:54:44.956]or anything of that nature, but there is this fear
[00:54:48.210]that everyone sort of understands something that they don't.
[00:54:53.160]So they don't wanna talk about it, because they feel
[00:54:55.940]like it's a hard thing to wrap your head around.
[00:54:59.940]I mean, the scope of it is enormous.
[00:55:03.530]And I think what is helpful, at least in conversation,
[00:55:08.860]is to acknowledge and reassure them
[00:55:13.020]that nobody has the answers.
[00:55:17.260]Nobody is really able to encompass this entire thing
[00:55:22.640]and articulate it, and the reason
[00:55:25.470]you're having this conversation with this person
[00:55:27.610]is that you are both learning.
[00:55:30.490]And I think that's an important approach to take.
[00:55:35.550]I mean, I certainly, I'm not gonna have a conversation
[00:55:38.520]with someone and pretend that I know what I'm talking about.
[00:55:43.160]And I think if you can help them understand that
[00:55:46.860]you're both kind of really on the same level
[00:55:49.350]and you're both growing, you're not preaching at them,
[00:55:54.140]I think that's good.
[00:55:55.380]Yeah, and Erin has some good stuff in the chat
[00:55:57.760]talking about, she also talks about how
[00:56:00.050]it can be helpful to know your audience.
[00:56:01.780]Sometimes it's better to focus on facts
[00:56:03.770]instead of stories other times empathy, more effective
[00:56:06.820]and continued exposure to different points of views.
[00:56:09.650]That's really good.
[00:56:14.170]We're making some great comments over here
[00:56:16.420]so I thank everybody for participating.
[00:56:19.000]But I'm also trying to keep track of time.
[00:56:22.180]So as I want Ann Koopman to make the next comment.
[00:56:27.240]But as she's talking, I want everybody
[00:56:29.630]to think about the third book that we had in our list,
[00:56:33.207]"How to Be an Antiracist".
[00:56:35.250]So if we have any final comments,
[00:56:37.250]we can share maybe one more after Ann,
[00:56:40.860]and then we'll wrap up.
[00:56:43.790]Jesse, I'm in the one " How to Be an Antiracist"
[00:56:50.640]You're one of the things because in setting the tone
[00:56:53.660]and having some of these conversations in my work.
[00:56:56.110]And in in our department, we've had some achy situations.
[00:57:00.190]As I would call it, but what I just wanna say
[00:57:04.370]is how appreciative I am to have these groups
[00:57:07.440]to come to and have these conversations.
[00:57:10.170]Because when it gets hard, the people that usually come
[00:57:13.320]to these groups can help you through those moments.
[00:57:17.170]And so, this was something I needed in this busy time,
[00:57:21.500]and I'm always like, I don't know if I have time,
[00:57:23.370]but I'm so appreciative of that.
[00:57:26.320]Because just hearing you all talking
[00:57:28.630]in this small group about this book,
[00:57:30.980]really gave me hope to go back into those conversations
[00:57:34.790]that I know can get a little messy.
[00:57:36.780]And, to have the courage to continue to do that.
[00:57:40.110]So that's what I wanted to say is I appreciate this so much.
[00:57:44.020]Hey, thank you! Thank you keep coming back.
[00:57:50.710]Anyone wants to take the final comment
[00:57:53.090]before we wrap up?
[00:58:03.330]Okay, all right.
[00:58:05.670]I thank everybody for participating and I encourage you
[00:58:09.340]to continue reading and learning.
[00:58:12.140]And I hope to see all of you in the next meeting.
[00:58:17.240]So I will hand it over to Dr. Kay now.
[00:58:20.830]I'm curious of how many people got into their groups
[00:58:24.460]and was just like and you can use your reaction buttons.
[00:58:27.510]And we're just like, I just want to sit here for a minute.
[00:58:30.870]And just think about everything that Dr. Pace said.
[00:58:34.890]I really don't want to answer those questions right now.
[00:58:37.590]Usually action buttons to show me because I know
[00:58:40.010]I was one of those folks that were just like,
[00:58:42.690]I just wanted to sit for a minute.
[00:58:45.460]Yes, for sure it was so amazing.
[00:58:49.760]But the conversation I had a done group.
[00:58:51.550]It was really good. It was really fun.
[00:58:57.180]So our next meeting which I'm very excited about,
[00:59:02.810]is going to be on February 18,2021.
[00:59:08.160]Can we get to 2021?
[00:59:10.750]And get rid of COVID at the same time?
[00:59:12.700]That would be fantastic.
[00:59:14.700]The conversation will be led by Dr. Debra A. Hope
[00:59:18.110]And Mr. Nathan Woodruff on reducing health disparities
[00:59:22.340]for transgender and gender diverse people.
[00:59:25.710]So make sure you mark your calendars
[00:59:27.830]for obviously it will get responses, or email reminder.
[00:59:33.050]I also just really wanna thank again
[00:59:36.260]and if we can use those reaction buttons for real Dr. Pace
[00:59:40.740]for sharing his experience and his stories with us.
[00:59:46.280]I also wanna thank Jerry Hannah
[00:59:49.710]for making all this stuff happen.
[00:59:51.630]She's always behind the scenes,
[00:59:53.550]making things move and shake.
[00:59:56.270]I so appreciate her,
[00:59:57.750]I also appreciate being on a team with her.
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