Tools for Courageous Conversations
Acknowledging and supporting a brave space at work is critical for having courageous conversations. A brave space is inclusive to all races, sexes, genders, abilities, immigration statuses, and other lived experiences. Providing shared tools to support courageous conversations inside the organization encourages respect, inclusion, compassion, and courageous intervention.
USE THIS IN ORDER TO…
Help individuals and groups locate an entry point into a conversation about race or another sensitive DEI topic.
Enable different voices and perspectives to be represented in the dialogue.
Work toward outcomes that include greater individual and community healing, understanding, connection, and growth.
Introduce explicit tools and processes as a part of a regular meeting or DEI training session.
Create follow-up opportunities for employees to practice using the tools.
Monitor progress by taking “pulse checks” with your team and allowing time for reflection.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR REMOTE IMPLEMENTATION
Develop team norms that both support a brave space but also consider the implications of remote work (i.e., sensitive topics being discussed over video calls).
Share a link to the tools you decide to use in a meeting agenda and in a chat box during your meeting so that participants can familiarize themselves with these tools and practice using them.
Encourage all participants to be on video to be able to observe non-verbal cues during the meeting.
ARTIFACTS & RESOURCES
“We actively share and explain our opinions in team settings – including when we disagree with others – and contribute to an environment where it is safe to do so."
– Tripti Thapa, Deans For Impact