Kick off Black History Month with this lively workshop presented by Dr. Gilmore Crosby!
Dr. Crosby has been a Social Scientist and Organization Development (OD) practitioner since 1984. His mission is to better the world by spreading Kurt Lewin’s methods. Crosby guides us in understanding and applying Lewin’s universal theory of social science, including leadership, group dynamics, the social construction of reality, minority relations, re-education, and field theory.
What is a white guy doing leading a Black History Month workshop you might ask?
Black history, while deserving its own recognition, is history period, and potentially suffers if only treated as separate or as a sub-category of our collective experience. Kurt Lewin, in contrast, invited everyone in who was willing to participate in overcoming racism. Lewin’s groundbreaking training-action-research (as he put it) on what he called “minority relationships” (meaning imbalances of power) demonstrated the power of group dynamics, local action, inclusion of all who are willing to be included, and how to change inaccurate beliefs such as prejudice. His methods worked, and there is no good reason we can’t apply them in the present. That is the thesis of the presenter’s latest book, Diversity without Dogma. Mr. Crosby will lead this dialogue using the framework that emerged as he has applied Lewinian social science to understanding and addressing racism and other forms of prejudice.
At the end of the training, participants will:
• Have a practical understanding of Lewinian social science and its implications for facilitating any type of change.
• Be able to adapt and apply Crosby’s framework for DEI education and action.
• Derive implications from Lewin regarding how to lead training that intentionally explores and impacts beliefs.
• Be better equipped to manage and avoid the pitfalls of dogma.
• Have an integrated theory to guide action.