CECH is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, racial, and social justice. One of the ways we want to demonstrate our commitment is by learning together as a college community engaging in a Common Read. This book will serve as our foundation and act as a spring board into a variety of activities and conversations among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
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Written by Maureen Walker
Now more than ever, race has become a morphing relational dynamic that has less to do with the demographic census box we check and more with how we make sense of our lives―who we are and who we can become in relationships with others. Using anecdotes from her practice as a licensed psychologist and as an African American growing up in the South, Walker provides a way for educators and social service professionals to enter into cross-racial discussions about race and race relations. She identifies three essential relational skills for personal transformation and cultural healing that are the foundations for repairing the damage wrought by racism. While Walker does not sugarcoat the destructive history of racism that we all inherit in the United States, the book’s vision is ultimately affirming, empowering, hopeful, and inclusive about the individual and collective power to heal our divisions and disconnections.
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