Being comfortable with being uncomfortable

Presented by Terrance Morris and Ceci Lopez


Talking about race in America means perfecting the art of feeling uncomfortable. Many of us avoid talking about race and racism. It’s uncomfortable, may lead to conflict, and calls for skills few of us possess. Often, this avoidance comes down to a fear of misspeaking, sounding racist or unintentionally doing harm. For some the urgency is now rather than tomorrow. So how do we have those conversations today? How do we become comfortable with being uncomfortable? This session will open your own comfort level, and assist you with staying engaged when the topic of race arises.


About the Presenters

Terrance Morris is a Diversity Advocate who is passionate about facilitating conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion. He brings community together by diving into hard conversations and willingness to lean in. You can see his work in action with the Ascendants of the Movement Black History, Bellingham Juneteenth and the Unity Ball.

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Ceci Lopez is a professor and director of the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice (CLDJ) at the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and serves on the board of the Bellingham Community Food Co-op. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Ceci is also a Fellow at the Washington Leadership Institute.


Primary Audience

Adults: Community, Educators, Human Rights / Social Justice Professionals
Youth: School Age (7-12), Teens (13-18)