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Dr. Brenda J. Allen -- Exploring Race Matters in 2020 Workshop

Join Dr. Brenda J. Allen for a three-day workshop exploring race in 2020 held virtually on August 17th, 19th, and 21st at 5:00pm MT on Zoom. Access to all three sessions is $5 (plus a small convenience fee) and can be purchased on Eventbrite HERE or by clicking the button below.

About the Workshop:
Dr. Brenda J. Allen, former Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus, will lead a three-day workshop exploring race in 2020. The workshop will involve discussions about what race is and why it matters, why race is relevant to everyone, and practices for addressing racism.

Day 1: Monday, August 17th, 5:00pm MT - What is Race and Why Does it Matter?

  • Define race
  • Explain how race is a social construction
  • Describe the history of race in the United States
  • Cite reasons why race persists as a critical issue

Day 2: Wednesday, August 19th, 5:00pm MT - Why is Race Relevant to Everyone?

  • Define racism and anti-racism
  • Clarify why race is a social identity category
  • Explain how we all are socialized to enact race
  • Describe dynamics of interracial communication

Day 3: Friday, August 21st, 5:00pm MT - So What? Now What?

  • Summarize lessons learned
  • Explore ways to apply lessons learned
  • Describe promising practices for addressing racism
  • ​​​​​​​Guide participants to develop a personal anti-racism plan



*This three-day workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Access to all three sessions costs $5 (plus a small convenience fee). After purchasing access, the Zoom link will be emailed to you 24 hours before the first session (Sunday, August 16th).

* The virtual sessions begin at 4:00pm PT / 5:00 pm MT / 7:00pm ET and will last about 1 hour. If you have issues during the event, please email BBSVirtualEvents@gmail.com.


Brenda J. Allen (PhD, Professor Emerita) is a former Chief Diversity Officer (University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus). She has developed a track record for scholarship, leadership, teaching, service, mentorship, and training related to organizational communication, diversity, inclusion, and equity. She has worked tirelessly to promote more inclusive, humane, and equitable communication and professional practices. As a consultant, Dr. Allen offers workshops, facilitations, and keynote speeches on topics such as inclusive leadership, inclusion in the workplace, racism and anti-racism, strategic planning, implicit bias, and diversity recruitment/retention practices. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (Waveland Press). She is working on the third edition of that book. www.differencematters.info @TheBrendaJAllen

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-8:30pm | Sun: 11am-7pm