Conversations on Race – A Three-Part Series with Julie Radlauer-Doerfler & Ryon Coote

June 01, 2021

Conversations about race, racism, and racial justice are more important than ever. The We Can Talk- Honest Conversations About Race podcast series is designed to move audiences from skepticism about the existence of discrimination or our ability to do anything about it into a frame of mind that is more solution-oriented. The podcast’s goal is to model how to have difficult conversations and encourage others to do the same.

We Can Talk is an opportunity to have conversations that start with respect, trust, and shared values that matter. This approach helps us hear each other’s messages more effectively and emphasize society’s role in affording a fair chance to everyone. While the podcast’s goal is to have an open dialogue about the complex topic of race, the intention is to educate others about why the conversation is essential and how to have conversations in their own lives. By modeling the way, we can inspire others to learn and grow to understand how their differences are strengths rather than challenges.

We are seeking to educate both Black and White individuals about race relations and how to understand each other better. The listener will be educated about the different views on race relations, gain a better understanding of historical context and how it impacts where we are today, have an opportunity to listen to a conversation as an opener to dialogue in their own world, and be provided with resources to begin conversations.

This exciting three-episode series begins the conversation about how we refer to each other then delves into the topics of privilege and the concept of “I don’t see color.” Julie and Ryon unpack these subjects in an open, honest and educational fashion while adding levity and vulnerability to the subject matter.

These two advocates hope that listeners can glean something useful by showing people how they do it and apply it in their own lives with their colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler is a changemaker and a peacemaker. In every aspect of her career, she has focused on transforming individuals, organizations and communities. She specializes in utilizing evidence-based and researched practices to inform her processes. Her style of boldly embracing change in a warm and nurturing manner offers support to those she works with. Julie truly believes that we should “be the change we want to see in the world” and actualizes this value in her work and her life. Julie has published articles, reports and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, training events and presentations. Julie is a principal partner in the Ronik-Radlauer Group and the CEO of Collectively.

Ryon Robert Coote is the Chief Development Officer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., the largest comprehensive homeless services provider in Broward County. He was born in Jamaica and migrated with his family to the United States at a very young age. He is a graduate of the Steve J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University where he received a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Policy and Management.

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