Evan and Willow got up together to speak during the debrief which really grabbed my attention as the participants typically get up individually.
Evan, who played my transgender character stated during game play that he believed people should just “stay the same.” He asked at his table, “why would someone choose* all of those challenges… ruin your family if you could just stay the same?”
He then passed the mic to Willow who disclosed that she was transgender and explained how hurtful his comments were during game play… Willow was too emotional to continue speaking and passed the mic back to Evan.
Evan shared that he struggled but continued to immerse himself in the life of his character, while simultaneously immersing himself in a conversation with Willow. He revealed that the pairing conveyed the importance of allowing people to be their authentic selves and that by the end of the session, the only thing worth questioning were his own beliefs.
Towards the middle of game play, Dr. James Ball, President of Carroll Community College shows up. I later learned that his Director of Communications left the session to find him and request that he drop in to observe FACTUALITY's impact.
And then... as I was closing out the session, one by one the attendees began to stand... the session concluded with a standing ovation.
Many, many thanks to Morgan Sommerville for recommending FACTUALITY to her colleague and friend Jen Milliam at Carroll Community College; this was one of my most impactful sessions to date.
Follow up email from my host: “And of course the story at the end with Willow and I think it was Evan was so impactful and touching! Definitely one of those “this is why we do what we do” moments.”
I'm from Massachusetts, so I always love the opportunity to return home. During this visit, I facilitated FACTUALITY at Babson College. I facilitated FACTUALITY for over 150 people, which serves as my largest facilitation to date.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to facilitate my work for all of your incoming student leaders and members of your professional staff.
It was so great to meet the staff, connect with the students, reconnect with an old student turned colleague, and meet my newest intern, Jackson Stewart.
Consider FACTUALITY to support the diversity, equity, and inclusion needs of your organization. Many thanks to the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation Baltimore for choosing FACTUALITY to engage members and affiliates in such meaningful dialogue.
Join me tomorrow at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum where
I will be facilitating the Baltimore version of FACTUALITY.
To date, I have worked with Mount St. Mary's University's Orientation Leaders, Peace Leaders, Social Justice Leaders, the Division of Student Life, and most recently their Residence Life Team.
I truly appreciate your commitment to cultural competence and empathy; thank you so much for your continued support.
There’s a student in this picture who learned about FACTUALITY after a friend at posted about it at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
He first inquired about getting #factuality to Loyola Nola in August.
He spent all of the fall term advocating for a session on campus and in March, FACTUALITY was one of the events in their #Feminist Festival lineup.
Zontre you are the true definition of a leader.
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I love Skidmore College. I love their incredibly open-minded students. I love their courageous faculty and staff. I love the leadership of their President who not only attended a FACTUALITY session but invited me to present my work to his Cabinet and Board of Trustees...talk about tone setting and taking a stance... oh and my hosts are completely incredible... love them too.
I was feeling really great about my session with Outward Bound Baltimore... and then all of this kindness hits my inbox.