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Diversity Training

Bridging The Black & White Divide

"Human relations often seem to be based on conflicts." -Rev. Clyde Brooks

Let's talk about race to create more understanding.

Conflict avoidance isn't enough. Bridging The Black & White Divide Project promotes open conversations among area residents, businesses and organizations about race. The mission of The Project is to promote conversations to examine whether racism exists, either implicitly or by intent and whether inclusiveness is practiced within companies, nonprofits and government institutions in the Chicagoland area.

The ICDHR leads these dialogue to examine unconscious racial, sexual, gender age, physical and mental biases and help organizations better understand and improve relationships internally and externally.

Stand Up Meeting
Multiracial Colleagues

The Project

Time to replace fear with trust and productive interactions

The ICDHR hosts conversations, or workshops, and DEI trainings with small to large groups inviting conversation around racism, implicit biases and intent to promote inclusiveness and helps businesses, nonprofits and governments learn how to practice and institute a stronger diversity, equity and inclusion program.

The Project is built for any institution or organization in Chicagoland interested in improving their DEI program. Past workshops have focused on:

  • Schools

  • Religious bodies

  • Police Departments 

  • Local Government

  • Media

Topics may include institutional racism, immigration and under representation of minorities in civic activities.

"What happens to us in this life is we form opinions about other people. We get this from our parents and our friends. We become just like those we hang out with. Without serious self-examination, people are unaware of their biases because they're so much a part of one's fabric."

- Rev. Clyde Brooks

Bridging the Black White Divide was a transformative experience for me in my role as Superintendent of Schools as well as for me personally.  It was such a gift to be able to talk openly with so many leaders from our community about our experiences right here in our community.  I learned more than I could have imagined, and our time together inspired me to do more, to be better, and to open the dialogue about race with others. 

Lori Bein, Superintendent,

Arlington Heights School District 25

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