Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides

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The book was launched with an online event hosted by fellow author Julie Lythcott-Haims to an audience of over 350 people. Since then, Terri has been involved in more than 80 speaker events, workshops, interviews, webinars and conferences on the subject of radical empathy. The events have ranged from working with universities such as James Madison, Texas State, SUNY Albany, Arizona State, Bridgewater State and Terri’s alma mater Stanford University to name just a few. Givens has also taken radical empathy into corporations including L’Oreal, Salesforce and Citibank.

Many of the discussions and workshops have focused on the notion of belonging and explore the question of how to create a sense of inclusion within any environment. “The real impact of radical empathy”, says Terri, “is moving away from thinking about it as EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) training. This is not EDI training – it’s about looking at yourself and thinking, ‘where do I fit within the broader structure of structural discrimination?’”

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