This event is at capacity. Thank you for your interest.

Connecting Across Differences: Cross-Race and Cross-Cultural Dialogues for Social Change

Date: 12/09/2010
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

RCLA's Social Change Leadership Network invites you to attend Connecting Across Differences: Cross-Race and Cross-Cultural Dialogues for Social Change.

Connecting across differences is critical to accelerating social change given the broad coalitions necessary to tackle issues and take on entrenched and powerful interests.  This workshop, led by a bi-racial team of facilitators, will provide the tools for developing the one-on-one relationships across racial and cultural differences that undergird larger social justice networks.  Participants will come away better equipped to reach out to those who come from different backgrounds from their own, build trust, and engage the sometimes thorny issues of race,  ethnicity and culture.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited!


The objective of the session is to accelerate participants’ capacities to build relationships and foster connections with people across race and culture. Participants are asked to come to the session ready to reflect on a cross-racial or cross-cultural incident or relationship that has been challenging for you. 

By the end of the session, you will have: More understanding of your own assumptions and ways of thinking that help and hinder your ability to connect across difference;
Increased ability to craft language that connects rather than divides; and Greater courage to have the difficult conversations necessary for authentic understanding.


This workshop is for anyone -- of any racial or cultural background and of any age or level of experience – who wants to engage in the self-reflection necessary for bridging divides in the service of social change.   Staff, board members and volunteers are all encouraged to attend.

Tamara R. Buckley, PhD, is a tenured associate professor at Hunter College, City University of New York and a New York State licensed psychologist.

Annie Marks has spent 15 years as an organizational development consultant and executive coach. She is a faculty member with the William Alanson White Organization Program.

Kathleen Pogue White, PhD, is an executive coach and leadership development consultant. She is a founding member  and the past director of the William Alanson White Institute Organization Program.

Erica Gabrielle Foldy, PhD, is an associate professor of Management at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her research investigates what enables and inhibits collective learning across potential divides such as race and gender, and she spent 15 years working with social change organizations. 

The Research Center for Leadership in Action has established the Social Change Leadership Network to facilitate important connections among social change leaders by issue and by region, as well as to advance leaders’ knowledge, to support organizational capacity-building and foster leadership development.

Connecting Across Differences has reached capacity. If you would like your name to be added to the wait list, please email Becky Rafter at Thank you for your interest.