Augsburg Professor Terrance Kwame-Ross and retired Education Department chairwoman Margaret “Peg” Finders noticed their department meetings would get tense at times, the Star Tribune reported July 24.
Kwame-Ross, a Black man in the mostly white and female department, was convinced his race was the reason that his opinions got pushed aside, according to the Star Tribune story. Finders, a white woman leading the department, struggled to navigate the racial tension in their department meetings. They both came together to examine the discomfort with academic rigor. The result is a framework they call “White Talk Moves”, a workshop to address the moves white people make that tend to silence and discount people of color.
Read their interview with the Star Tribune here.