Following my facilitation at Central Michigan University, I got into my rental and drove three hours into Indiana to get closer to my next facilitation.
Prior to my departure, I was instructed to stay off of the back roads, which wouldn't be the safest route for a black person to travel. How ironic of a warning considering the point of my journey was to among many things, create a safe environment for conversation regarding inequity.
Alas, I arrived safely and as a storyteller, I was able to reach my participants in an even more compelling way by sharing another personal encounter with inequality in this country.
I had a wonderful visit at the Indiana University Kokomo... so wonderful that they asked about hosting another session in the fall.
Another successful Black History Month event under my belt. Don't forget to consider FACTUALITY for your heritage month programming needs.
Shout out to Rosalyn, who learned of my work through a Facebook group, and got me invited to campus.
In under a year, seven months to be exact, I have facilitated FACTUALITY on the Central Michigan University campus on four separate occasions, reaching nearly 300 of their community members.
During my most recent visit, I was invited to facilitate FACTUALITY to kick off their Black History Month events.
Consider FACTUALITY to support your heritage month programming initiatives!
Saint Joseph's University had an unfortunate start to their 2018-2019 academic year. During the fall term, a racial slur was left on a student's dorm room. The response from the institution left the community unsettled and in need of more.
Between January 30th and 31st, I had the opportunity to facilitate FACTUALITY for nearly 400 members of the Saint Joseph's University community, engaging participants in conversations about intersectionality and the role it plays in empathy.
You can read more about my visit here. Check out feedback and pictures from my visit below.
Today, I joined the Cockeysville Middle School's professional development day, which focused on equity, literacy, and climate initiatives.
I facilitated the FACTUALITY Baltimore game board and tailored the session in a way that addressed the focal points of the day.
The game play fueled an incredible dialogue about how understanding diverse populations enhances empathy in the classroom.
"Where do you start when you want to tackle the issue of structural inequality in America?
You train future leaders to empathize and broaden their views , knock on doors of thought leaders , and partner with organizations that are economically and politically able to disrupt the current system in place if they deem it necessary. We are proud to work with @natsconfessions and @factualitythegame to make visible the issues that affect numerous groups in America.
The factuality Ice Cream flavor is Apple Crisp with a Caramel swirl. The Apple Pie base symbolizes America “as American as Apple pie”. The crisp in Natalie’s words “resembles the rough patches that plague our justice system” and the caramel is what we would probably look like if we were all blended together 😆. Make sure you follow Natalie on her journey to spread this information through her game. We have played it twice and it continues to be an engaging and eye-opening experience."
When the PRESIDENT of TEKsystems posts about your work... and makes a toast acknowledging how your work will advance theirs.
Right before the dinner pic was taken, another member of TEKsystems thanked me for changing their lives.
And another member of TEKsystems told me that the conversations about FACTUALITY’s impact continued for hours following my session.
I spent my evening reflecting on the path that led me to this destination. Grateful for all parts of this journey.
Consider FACTUALITY for your professional development needs. Pictured below are members of TEKsystems' national HR leaders.
Someone in this room became @factualitythegame’s 4000th participant!! What is honestly even more exciting is that the students on the mic asked to assist me with the facilitation. Several of them took turns sharing the #FACTS with their peers.