What Happens In A Dialogue Circle?
ASDIC dialogues invite participants to:
- actively explore the meaning, construction, and socialpurpose of racialized identity;
- examine the roots of structural domination and social oppression that confer or restrict power, influence, and privilege;
- recognize how the legacy of racism and contemporary structures of domination shape interpersonal and intergroup relationship
- build dispositions to become aware of and acknowledge racism and to recognize taken for granted racial privileges;
- learn communication skills and language to effectively discuss contemporary racism;
- develop empathy and the capacity to listen and to hold a 'double consciousness" in cross/racial interactions;
- become acquainted with civic and activist leadership engaged in social justice change activities, and
- cross barriers of difference to form friendships, coalitions, and networks to take action for dismantling racism and creating a just, equitable society.
As a pedagogy of reconciliation, ASDIC dialogues embrace Mary Elizabeth Mullins' four principles for teaching reconciliation. The ASDIC dialogues address:
- the fear of knowing and the fear of being in relationship the fear of not finding answers and the fear of knowing what we do not know;
- the yearning to know the yearning to find life beyond conflict, to face questions without answers, and to know what we do not know;
- education as searching the practice of truth telling, of living with questions, and of searching for what we do not know, engaging in experiencing, exploring, deconstructing and reconstructing cultural symbols through storytelling and social analysis;
- education as reconciliation the practice of posing alternatives, the practice of reconsideration, the practice of remembering and covenantal eating, and the practice of meeting in our ordinariness, our "as we are" humanity.