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Balancing Life: Listening Skills to Support Racial Understanding



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Presented by Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Extension Specialist, Community Viability; Maurice D. Smith, Jr., Assistant Professor and 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University; Cintia Aguilar, Latino Programs Manager, Community and Rural Development, North Carolina State University; Michelle Eley, Community & Economic Development Specialist, North Carolina A &T; and Kittrane Sanders, Extension Agent, Community and Rural Development, North Carolina A & T

This resource is available as a video only.

In this session members of the Virginia and North Carolina Coming Together for Racial Understanding teams begin laying the foundation for listening to understand as a key step towards acknowledging one another's lived experiences. This acknowledgement, without debate or rebuttal, is essential to feeling heard and moving productively forward towards racial understanding.

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Publication Date

July 14, 2020