At Silver Lining Mentoring, one of our values is cultural responsiveness. We believe that diversity strengthens communities and we are committed to listening and responding to all voices to promote respect, compassion, and social change. Each month, one of our Staff Members shares a resource about cultural responsiveness and our entire Staff meets together to discuss. We look forward to sharing our cultural responsiveness pieces with you. This month, we watched “Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?” and “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race.”

Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?” talks about the need for all of us to recognize our own humanity and the humanity of those around us. The video says, “Once we are in that conversation instead of the one that ignores it, we might be able to move forward.”

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” by Jay Smooth gives us some tools to discuss race. Smooth says, “It would make our conversations with each other a lot smoother, and it would make us better at being good, if we could recognize that we’re not perfect and embrace that.” Smooth suggests that we tackle conversations by addressing “what someone said” and not letting “what someone said” become “who they are.”