Why Do We Do the Work?

Remove barriers, provide tools, build networks, create conversations, communicate with the community and health systems.

CTRU Talking Circles - Coming together for Racial Understanding: Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation

Why Dialogue 

  • Includes many voices
  • Builds relationships and trust
  • Opportunity to dispel stereotypes
  • Supports community-building capacity
  • Builds civic and social capital
  • Focus in intersection of racial equity and public issues


  • Small groups (10 – 12) with 2 trained facilitators
  • Discuss all points of view
  • Diverse group from all backgrounds
  • Dialogue leads to Action (collective, institutional & Policy impact, individual change) leads to community change
  • Dialogue is NOT – conflict resolution or mediation, a focus group, a town meeting, public hearing, facilitated meeting with a predetermined outcome
  • 4 – 6 sessions (dependent on virtual or in-person) held weekly
  • 2-hour sessions per week
  • Diverse facilitators
Group photo of the CTRU Group

Call "2-1-1"

By simply dialing 2-1-1, those in need of assistance are referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations.

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