Humboldt State University hosts week of dialogue on race

Arcata, Ca., (KIEM) An annual event at Humboldt State University in its 20th year invites students, staff, faculty, and community members to present and attend a week of over 20 workshops that relate to racial justice, racial equity and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance.

HSU’s Campus and Community Dialogue on Race plans the university’s yearly juncture to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice and to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change.

One of today’s workshop titled “Pedagogy of the Unwoke” included keynote speakers Ron White and Iva Dubyak of Humboldt Area Foundation, both helped attendees touch base on how to enter conversations about racial injustice without blame, shame or guilt. They also explored how to use restorative approaches to address structural racism in interpersonal interactions.

“If you’re not on campus, you may not know where our student come from and what they’re thinking. You get to come and learn new ideas, new languages, so you have a vocabulary and will be able to speak about racial equity issues which I think make you more comfortable when your speaking about these tough topics.” Said Kumi Watanabe-Schock, library Media Coordinator for HSU. “You can have a meaningful conversation.”

This year’s dialogue will run until November 2nd. From 10am to 10pm.