A book launch for The Color Bind: Talking (And Not Talking) About Race at Work

Presented by NYU Wagner and the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA)

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Conversation with the authors | 7:00pm – 8:00pm Reception
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join authors Erica Gabrielle Foldy, Associate Professor at NYU Wagner, and Tamara R. Buckley, Associate Professor at City University of New York, as they discuss their new book The Color Bind. The discussion will be moderated by Melody Barnes, Vice Provost at NYU and former Director of President Obama's Domestic Policy Council. NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott will provide opening and closing remarks.


Public service organizations regularly face issues related to race and ethnicity, but usually resist actually talking about them. The authors have identified this as the color bind. This book grew out of a study of child welfare workers. Foldy and Buckley observed teams over several years to see how their members discussed race and ethnicity in their work, and found that most teams barely broached the topic. In fact, only one team regularly brought race or ethnicity into their conversations. They dug into what made this team different and gleaned some important lessons for social service organizations, advocacy groups, public agencies, schools, health providers, and other social sector contexts.   

 

The Color Bind shares in-depth case studies of this team and others, and outlines strategies - including modeling desired behavior and encouraging movement toward color cognizance - for organizations looking to transcend the color bind and engage race in ways that advance their mission and create trusting relationships.

Panelists:
Erica Gabrielle Foldy, Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, NYU Wagner
Tamara R. Buckley, Associate Professor of Counseling , Hunter College, and Associate Professor of Psychology, City University of New York

Moderated by:
Melody Barnes, Vice Provost, Global Studies Leadership Initiatives, New York University, and Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner

Opening and closing remarks by:
David Elcott, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership, NYU Wagner

More information about the book can be found here.