“I am Color Blind.” “All Lives Matter.” “Everyone is Equal.”
These are perceptions and phrases often heard across the country. But are they true or myths? What are some hidden nuances or agendas these phrases might provoke? Raising awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of cultural competency starts with challenging these perceptions, and in some cases, debunking myths.
Be Color Brave, Not Color Blind™ is an interactive, engaging virtual live educational experience that presents historical narrative, compelling examples, and thought-provoking dialogues through multimedia and objective framework. It is inclusive and allows the audience to engage and be part of the dialogue.
Participants are empowered with insight and strategy to look at diversity, equity and inclusion in a new light, understand '101' DEI concepts, the intersectionality with American history, and how these concepts are part of their history and story. Participants leave with a basic framework for assessing how they and their communities can proactively address challenging issues operationally, structurally and culturally.
■ Learners will be able to identify and articulate their own identities, specifically those most salient to them
■ Learners will understand the difference between equity and equality.
■ Learners will identify and understand a variety of oppressive actions and beliefs, understand why these are hurtful, and learn how to constructively address these actions when they experience them.
AUDIENCE - College Students
FORMAT - Virtual Live Presentation
LENGTH - 60 minutes
As a proud 4th generation of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. utilizes his rich family history and cultural heritage to bridge gaps, increase understanding to promote positive change. His authentic, passionate and supportive style connects with audiences nationwide as he empowers them to have courageous conversations around difficult topics relating to race and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
As founder and President of Harbor Institute™ for the last ten years, and president of the Harbor Group of Companies, Rasheed manages operations and has grown the Harbor brand into a group of successful companies. As a practicing attorney, speaker, trainer and consultant he presents dynamic keynote speeches, interactive and engaging training sessions for thousands of students and administrators at more than 260 colleges around the country.
Rasheed utilizes his legal, academic and entrepreneurial expertise to focus on the following topics: cultural competency, empowerment, student success, hazing prevention, intervention and leadership development.
“What makes the program different is Rasheed. Rasheed keeps it real, using an approach that validates marginalized students and challenges others without fear and defensiveness. This is the only way to have a transparent conversation where students are open to learn and challenge themselves. Even more difficult to do in a virtual format, Rasheed kept students actively engaged throughout the program.”