LaShawn C. Williams
SATURDAY | MAY 1, 2021 | 7:30-9:00 pm MST
Learn Ways to Connect Across Critical Differences and Chart a Common Way Forward
Your home or hang out of choice via Zoom.
Thanks to Jana Spangler hosting us via Zoom. Below is some helpful info for being part of a Zoom convo. I will also note below the Zoom address so that you can connect. If you are not on my email list then either join at the bottom of this site’s home page or text or call me at 801-695-5036.
Religion and politics are the forbidden topics of public conversation, yet it’s what we find ourselves pitted between more often than not. As we hold onto ideologies, do we realize when the ideology becomes an identity? What happens next? Political parties and persons in leadership will always change based on what is believed to soothe the anxieties of a populace averse to change. How do we become steady enough in ourselves to embrace change? Promote change? Maintain change? In what ways can we use our relationships to help us connect across a sea of differences? We will need these skills and more to chart our ways forward.
As always, there is no pressure to participate in the actual conversation, but we welcome your thoughts and contributions. If you do choose to speak, please be respectful of uncomfortable ideas, the good intentions of others, and remember to share air time. You can find guidelines for productive conversations here).
Dr. LaShawn C. Williams, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Relational Change Strategist focusing on the interactions between people and across differences where connection matters most. Her anti-oppression work centers on the effects of marginalization, isolation, and disconnection in personal and professional spaces. She specializes in interpersonal and organizational change from the margins to the center. Grounded in Relational Cultural Theory, Dr. Williams works with leaders at every organizational level to help them engage the taboo concepts of shame and humiliation and craft pathways toward mutual empathy and empowerment. She is an accessible consultant to local and national organizations committed to relational transformation.
PLEASE READ THESE ZOOM TIPS:
- Please mute your microphone before entering and when you are not speaking so noises are not heard by everyone else.
- Rather than have the whole group watch you try to get your camera or screen positioned, feel free to get that figured out prior to when we meet.
- Resist the urge to multitask—be with us, people. Knitting is still allowed though. But…
- If you are going to multitask, please turn off your video and make sure you are muted. No one wants to be distracted by you eating or using the loo.
- If you are having difficulty with the technology, don’t hold up the meeting by distracting other participants for solutions. Try Googling your problem. I do that with most of life’s problems.
- Speaking of distractions—just as when we used to meet in person in the good old days, let’s be cautious about using the chat for side conversations that may distract others. You can always ask for people’s contact info and continue your conversation—I’d love that to happen. Or, let me know, and I’ll do my darndest to give you a chance to share to the group.
- Please share air time and follow the guidelines under “Intentions” on this website.
To enter the Zoom conversation:
- Click on the Zoom link above.
- The link Zoom should open, and you should be able to see and hear other participants. Or wait until the host opens the meeting. Please make sure that you muted and that your video is on if you choose to have it on. (Love to see and hear you live, but we’ll take curious lurkers also.)
- If you can’t hear the host, me, or others, find your settings and make sure you have a working microphone and speaker selected. Also, make sure you have your volume up.