Conversations on Race and Belonging

NSEA’s Conversations on Race and Belonging will be back this summer as a virtual six-session program. The sessions are designed to encourage participants to improve their personal racial understanding based on self-examination and awareness. The program builds a peer cohort and peer-to-peer relationships through conversation and storytelling.

Introductory Session
The 2.5-hour introductory session will be held virtually on April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon CT. It is designed to provide a preview of the full six-part summer program.

Summer Course
The six-week course will be held virtually on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon CT. It is tentatively scheduled to begin May 25.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain empowering skills to initiate meaningful conversations on race and to approach such opportunities as bridges into relationships and connections with others. These skills will be incorporated into each session, as well as outside of the sessions, with friends and family. All assignments, including the podcasts and videos, generally run less than one hour.

Sessions include many opportunities to journal or take notes, so be sure to always come to the sessions with pen and paper. The format will include pair shares, small group work and full group work. Since the pandemic hit in 2020, this program moved to a virtual format. While participants may join the Zooms on a smartphone, a computer is encouraged to make shared material more easily visible.

Deeper Dive
Members interested in learning more about the Conversations on Race and Belonging program will have an opportunity to participate in an introductory session as well as three “deeper dive” sessions, scheduled for March 12, April 9, and June 11, 9 a.m. to 12 noon CT. Each virtual session will focus on a different topic.

These sessions are open to NSEA members, but space is limited. To apply, go to