Anti-Racist Leadership Series

Session One: Laying the Groundwork: Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue

July 21, 8:45am – 11:00am

Participants will get a chance to share about their perspective regarding the current environment and about race in general and reflect about how their background experiences have created their world view re: recent events.  We will discuss how race shapes our reality and the sense of the world around us. 

Session Two: “The Past is Never Dead, In Fact it’s Not Even Past”

August 18, 8:45am – 11:00am

The Faulkner quote will be a jumping-off point about how our history has created the racial system we all live in. We will explore the history of race relations in the United States with an orientation towards looking at how it has shaped our current reality, including the history of whiteness as a racial construct.

Session Three: Understanding Bias

September 22, 8:45am – 11:00am

The foundation of racism lives in conscious and unconscious bias, both in individuals and in systems. This session will explore the phenomenon of bias and how it plays out in society and in organizational life.

Session Four: Exploring Self

October 13, 8:45am – 11:00am

This session will be devoted to people exploring the background of their own racial identities with each other. Participants will do reflective exercises and sharing about their personal and group experiences.

Session Five: Race in Organizational Life

November 10, 8:45am – 11:00am

We will discuss how systemic racism impacts organizations and introduce some ways that it can be addressed. We will also talk about inclusive leadership. 

Session Six: Exploring Allyship, Racial Equity Tools and Where do We Go From Here

December 8, 8:45am – 11:00am

The last session will focus on developing effective allyship and also share some tools to use in working for racial equity. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop action plans for themselves that give them a pathway to move forward by applying what they have discovered in their daily lives.

Meet the Series Co-Leaders:

Howard Ross (’91) – Founding Partner, Udarta Consulting, LLC

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate, the founder of Cook Ross, and the founder of Udarta Consulting, LLC. He is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing Unconscious Bias. To learn more about Howard you can read his full bio here.

Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh – CEO, KTA Global Partners

Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh’s extensive work in diversity has included helping organizations implement corporate diversity initiatives in major corporations, conducting global organization assessments on equity issues for international NGO’s, working with committed leaders, training managers, and employees, coaching consultants and training facilitators in diversity work. To learn more about Karyn you can read her full bio here.

The first session is mandatory and attending all sessions is strongly encouraged.


The series is at capacity, if you would like more information on the series, please email

Please find a link to the study primer on anti-Black systemic racism here.