Sept. 2020 BIG Event: Courageous Conversations Workshop

Fall 2020 BIG Event Series

Exploring International Education through a Lens of Racial Equity

Event Details

September 24, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | Zoom


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Speaking up and speaking out about racism and white supremacy has become a priority for organizations and institutions across the globe, including here at UC Berkeley. However, when it comes to confronting the ways racism shows up in our everyday lives and relationships, it can be difficult to create environments where people can be truly courageous in their own growth and encourage the growth of others. In multinational/multicultural environments, this is further complexified, yet equally critical. In this session, we will focus on skills and practices for higher education professionals working with international students and colleagues to engage in difficult conversations about crucial topics related to race and anti-racism. The intention of this session is to lay the groundwork for pursuing conversations in your workplace and your life. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership and will feature two of its expert facilitators. 

The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House UC Berkeley is a center of excellence for training to advance leadership, understanding, and collaboration across cultures. CIL consultants have decades of experience providing customized training across the public, non-profit, government, education, and corporate sectors. Through expert facilitation, highly participatory workshops, and skilled coaching, we create powerful learning experiences. Find out more about the Center and their interpersonal communication and leadership development opportunities here


Grace Michel, Assistant Director, CIL
Grace shapes CIL's strategy, designs programs and curricula, and facilitates custom leadership development workshops and trainings for diverse clients. Grace has spent over 15 years working with NGOs and educational institutions in the US, Latin American and Southeast Asia helping learners from youth to executives build skills to communicate effectively across cultural differences, manage conflict, lead with emotional intelligence, and innovate for social impact.

Briana Bellamy - Intercultural Training Specialist, CIL
Briana Bellamy draws on over 10 years of coaching and facilitation experience rooted in intercultural leadership and adult development, somatic psychology, popular education, restorative justice, and equity and inclusion with a global lens. She also serves as a founding board member of the Healing and Reconciliation Institute (HRI), a non-profit using evidence-based reconciliation tools and practices to heal racial and historical divides.