Engaging in Difficult Conversations: Developing Skills for Discussing DEI

May 18, 2022 9:00AM—11:00AM



Cost $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $450 non-members

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CATDC coach or consultant providing personalized guidance to a teacher, setting goals for professional growth in a 1-1 session.


Have you ever been told (or said!) that “It’s not polite to talk about race” or “We avoid those topics in order to keep the peace”? Or perhaps you have found yourself in the midst of such a conversation, and suddenly, things get sticky and you begin to feel a great deal of discomfort.  What would be different if you had the skill to engage in difficult conversations? What would you experience if you had the chance to practice working through this discomfort? Join Dr. Liza Talusan for an interactive experience as you learn why having difficult conversations is important; how to have these skillfully; and how to manage situations when they do not go exactly as you had planned.


Participants will:

  • Explore why it is critical to engage in DEI focused topics
  • Understand where discomfort comes from, how to best work through this and better manage situations in the moment
  • Practice using new skills


All individuals and teams who want to improve their learning and need some help getting there.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Dr. Liza Talusan is a highly sought after facilitator, educator, and scholar-practitioner in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Talusan earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, a Master's Degree in Student Personnel Administration from New York University; a certificate in Human Resources; a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston; and her certified coaching credentials from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Her scholarship has been published in peer reviewed journals, edited book collections, online platforms, and she has been featured on a number of podcasts and interviews related to education, identity, and inclusion. She serves in a number of national organizations focused on education and equity, and she has consulted with well over 275 schools, organizations, and corporations across the country. Currently, Dr. Talusan is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she teaches graduate level courses focused on leadership, equity, and justice. 

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