Talking About Race: Discussion Guide

Using these Modules in Workshops or Classrooms

The modules can be used either by themselves or as one piece in a larger workshop or classroom agenda. The manner in which you use them will be dictated by the amount of time you have, the size of your group, your personal facilitation style and the level of dialogue that already exits on your campus. The section of this guide titled Selected Resources for Developing Educational Workshops and Courses about Racism features books and websites containing a variety of activities and information to use in conjunction with the films.

Each module can be used separately or the two can be shown back to back. If both are used, it is important to show them in sequence. Each module has three sections, with each section focusing on a different topic. Outlined below are several methods for using the modules.

One section at a time

One approach is to use each module, pausing after each of the three sections to lead a discussion about that particular topic. You may also want to conduct an interactive activity to explore the topic further. If you choose this style, you may want to have fairly specific discussion questions. When using this approach you must be prepared to intervene and wrap up the discussion in order to move on to the next section of the module.

One module at a time

Another option is to show one entire module then begin the discussion. This method works particularly well if there are only one or two specific topics that you want to address. One advantage to this format is that the discussion can flow freely. A disadvantage is that because so many topics are addressed in each film, it may be difficult to focus the discussion. As always, it will be up to you the facilitator, to keep the discussion on track.

Both modules together

A third option is to show both modules back to back then start a discussion. Again, your discussion may be difficult to focus. However, if your goal is to start general dialogue and you prefer to let the participants define the topics to be discussed, this may be the best alternative.

Introducing the modules

Just as with any video or activity, it is important to “set up” these modules for your workshop participants. Tell them that they will see real college students from around the country expressing their own personal views. Acknowledge that the participants may not agree with all of the perspectives they hear, but that it is important for them to listen and learn from the different points of view. Finally, let them know that they will have the opportunity to discuss what they see at the end of the module (or after each section, if you choose.)

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