Student Affairs

Race and Privilege: Communicating for Understanding and Compassion

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Antonia Montoya
Price: $98.00

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Do you find yourself getting frustrated, defensive or dismissive when the topic of racism comes up? Race and privilege are not easy topics to discuss but they are important especially when someone who is experiencing racism opens up to you. From your position of leadership you are able to help the staff and students who come to you for advice, support, advocacy, or just to be heard. It is vital that you listen generously with the goal of understanding. This is one of the communication skills you will learn that build compassion and connection. Through discussions about systemic bias, you will examine systems of privilege and become more aware of your own privilege. During this course you will learn skills for communicating about race and privilege, you will recognize and overcome your barriers to communication about these topics, and become more aware of your own privilege.


  • Learn communicating skills for discussing race and privilege.
  • Recognize their personal barriers to communication.
  • Learn the principles of effective listening.
  • Understand how their responses can either facilitate or hinder openness to communication.
  • Understand privilege and will apply these learnings to their lives.


  • Dean of Students
  • Department Chair
  • Senior-level student affairs professionals
  • Mid-level student affairs professionals
  • Entry-level student affairs professionals
  • Resident Life staff
  • Health Center staff
  • Faculty whose students are struggling with personal issues


Antonia Montoya, MS, CHES, is a health education specialist with over a decade of experience including presenting her work to international, national, and state conferences. She has successfully provided professional training since 1995. She has worked with diverse populations in academic settings addressing many difficult subjects. Some might say she has made a career out of talking about things people don't want to talk about. Inspired by a passion to bring out the best in people, Antonia created Change is Yours in 2009 and has since helped clients improve their businesses, families and their communities.

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