Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty and Staff Caring Space: Emotions and High Profile Racist Incidents

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This event is intended for faculty and staff only.  

We experience a range of emotions  as we watch the deliberations in the Chauvin Trial, media coverage of racist attacks against Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, and the consistent flow of news about police killings of Black and Brown people.  And it's not only us; many of the students who we teach and work with, whose third pandemic semester we are about to "wrap up," are far from able to just follow business as usual. Yet we don't have to make sense of all of this on our own. Join a group of colleagues in this “caring space” to emotionally and intellectually process recent high profile racist incidents. Facilitators will invite participants to practice compassionate listening and empathetic understanding and offer a few simple prompts for small group discussions.


  • Ed Brantmeier, CFI and College of Education
  • Andreas Broscheid, CFI and College of Arts & Letters 


Participants will make progress toward:

  • Emotionally and intellectually processing recent high profile racist incidents.
  • Practicing compassionate listening and  empathetic understanding.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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