Facilitating sensitive and nuanced conversations around race is part art and part science. A competent facilitator must understand the foundational principles of communication, psychology, and human behavior.

Moreover, the facilitator must facilitate with their ears, heart, and mind. This multiday curriculum will equip experienced facilitators in deepening their skill sets to address what can be an uncomfortable topic: race. Additionally, participants will gain techniques useful in training others to improve the ways in which they show up in conversations about and across race.

Course Learning Objectives
  • Build confidence to facilitate sensitive and racially nuanced conversations
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills during sensitive conversations
  • Learn strategies to create a psychologically safe and welcoming environment for participants to engage in sensitive race-related topics 
  • Develop a deeper awareness of how unconscious bias impacts personal interactions in the facilitation process
  • Learn how to facilitate sensitive and racially nuanced conversations with your ears, mind, and heart
  • Facilitate mock conversations
  • Develop strategies to address the three main fears of group facilitation
  • Demonstrate understanding of the SCCCCALE Framework during practice facilitation sessions

Schedule (all times Eastern)

May 19

  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Welcome and Expectations
  • 11:30 a.m.-Noon – Establishing Ground Rules
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. – Independent Learning
  • 12:30-1 p.m. – Small Group Debrief
  • 1-1:10 p.m. – Break
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Large Group Session 
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. – Lunch (Off Screen with Independent Learning)
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m. – Group Debriefs
  • 3:30-3:40 p.m. – Break
  • 3:40-4:40 p.m.– Example Dialogue
  • 4:40-5 p.m. – Debrief and Adjourn 

May 20

  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Introduction
  • 11:30 a.m.-Noon: – Reflective Practice
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. – Small Group Session
  • 12:30-1 p.m. – Large Group Discussion
  • 1-1:10 p.m. – Break
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – SCCCCALE Framework 
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. – (Independent Learning)
  • 2:45-3 p.m. – Break
  • 3-5 p.m. – Practice Facilitation

May 21

  • 11 a.m.-Noon – Practice Facilitation
  • Noon-1 p.m. – Session
  • 1-2 p.m. – Reflection and Closing

About the Instructor

Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr. is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion thought leader, the host of the Beyond Color Blind podcast, and facilitator of Brave Conversations MasterClass. ​As a former chief diversity officer, Lewis has led diversity and inclusion efforts at Indiana University, Bridgewater State University, and Virginia Tech University. ​Lewis formerly served as the special consultant for belonging, equity, and inclusion, advising the president at Forsyth Technical Community College and was in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. ​He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in social work.

Today Lewis serves the community of Winston Salem, North Carolina, as an advisory board member of the Wake Forest Center for Private Business and the Black Philanthropy Initiative, an initiative of the Winston Salem Foundation. He also is the co-founder of CoopLew and founder of WillHouse Global. Lewis has dedicated his entire professional life to living the spirit of his social work background by “providing a voice for the voiceless and creating inclusive spaces for each person to reach their full potential.”


Note that registration is limited to 40 participants. 

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Regular Registration (through April 28)

  • Member: $225
  • Nonmember: $300

Late Registration (April 29–May 17)

  • Member: $300
  • Nonmember: $425