Practicing Together: Navigating Proactive and Responsive Conversations about the N-Word and Other Slurs

Oct 07, 2021 9:00AM—12:00PM

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

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Words are powerful. As educators, we need to equip ourselves with strategies to respond when oppressive language is used. This interactive workshop will feature excerpts from Carol Swainson’s soon to be released documentary Conversations With My White Child as a springboard for small group discussions and learning. Using the film as a touchstone, participants will dig into the underpinnings of racial slurs, white supremacy, and cultural appropriation; co-facilitator Jen Cort offers a framework for having meaningful conversations on these challenging topics. Participants will leave with new insights into how to proactively and reactively address racialized situations along with an electronic publication with resources to use at their school sites.

In this workshop participants will: 

  • Further comprehend and the deep seated nature of racism and supremacy in American culture
  • Practice strategies to prevent, identify, and respond to racialized situations (with a special focus on the use of the N-word)


This workshop is geared towards educators and school administrators who have an intermediate to advanced understanding of antiracism. 

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



Jen Cort is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice consultant working with schools and organizations in multiple countries. Jen works with groups to create sustainable and systemic change and to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion.  Her goal is to create spaces where students, and all community members, can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways.  Jen has presented at national conferences, hosts a diversity institute, is a frequent contributor to publications, and her work has been quoted in Racing Toward Diversity, NAIS Independent Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and more. Jen is the host of an internationally syndicated podcast  "Third Space With Jen Cort" with guests including White Privilege Conference founder, Dr. Eddie Moore.  


Carol A. Swainson, Head of San Francisco Schoolhouse, has been an administrator in independent schools for 25 years and has taught nearly every discipline from grades 3 through adult. Throughout her career, Carol has been an advocate for experiential, international, and arts education; has championed sustainability, diversity, equity, and social justice. She serves as a peer facilitator for affinity groups at NAIS People of Color Conference and has been a contributor to the DEI think tank for NAIS Call-to-Action. She resides in Oakland with her husband and artist Stevens Jay Carter. Together, they advocate for the arts as a way to cultivate social change and to promote peace, harmony, and well-being. Recently, Carol has added filmmaker to her professional acumen, putting her commitment to social justice and the arts by creating the educational film, Conversations with My White Child.


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