In a special Virtual Roundtable from Campus Rec Magazine, panelists were specifically looking to answer questions around how to initiate conversations about race and racism. They also discussed defining and exhibiting “ally” on your campus. Finally, they gave practical resources for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in campus recreation.
Three questions from the audience did not get answered, so panelist Myrum Washington-White, the director of Athletics at St. Cyril of Alexandria School, has answered them here.
Question 1: What type of advice would you give to folks about “how” they show up in spaces and conversations as they lean into this work?
Mirum Washington-White: I think this quick article sums it up — How to Be a Better Ally for Your Black Coworkers.
Question 2: What are white behaviors/styles that might not be effective and what is effective?
MWW: I can engage in passionate discussion but in times such as these I try my best to find identified experts who can lean in on the subject matter. These resources provide some darn good insight:
- National Day of Race Healing Conversation Guide
- Eight Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice
Question 3: How do you believe campus rec can become more equitable for students with marginalized identities?
MWW: As often as I can, I try to create research based answers to questions. This way my passion does not color the lens that I look through. See if this helps. If not let me know — How to Create Inclusive Environments for Black Students on Predominantly White Campuses.