Starting Your Own Race Dialogues:
10 easy steps
organizing and holding your own event is simple. Follow these 10 easy steps
Who do you know and who do they know who might come? Invite them.
Plan a place (someone's house) where you will be able to meet for several hours and talk freely.
Choose a time that seems convenient for most people. (Saturday nights have worked for us). Set a definite time to start and end the dialogue. We meet every three months.
Share a potluck supper at the beginning. Eating together allows people to relax.
Select two moderators from different ethnic groups -- people who are able to handle a variety of situations.
Set a few simple ground rules. We do not allow ethnic slurs and require people to raise their hands.
Go around the circle and let people introduce themselves and say why they're there.
There is always a topic. Moderators and host select this from topics suggested by people in the group. Announce topics in advance.
9. PROCEDURE Moderators introduce the topic, call on people and keep track of time.
Have a group of people volunteer or be designated to clean-up each time.