The 3 x 3 Summer Conversation Series

Three sets of challenging lunch-and-learn conversations that will broaden your perspective!

The Summer Conversation Series will cover the historical and contemporary issues of oppression as experienced by the Black, African American, White, Latinx and LGBTQ+ populations in the United States of America.

These conversations will give participants an overview of the concepts, experiences and histories of race, ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ in the United States. Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other's experiences in life, which in turn will allow them to develop steps to foster a more harmonious work environment.

The Black & White Experience: July 22, 29 & Aug. 5
Registration is now CLOSED for The Black & White Experience

The Latinx Experience: Aug. 4, 11 & 18
Registration is now CLOSED for The Latinx Experience

The LGBTQ+ Experience: Sept. 8, 15 & 22
Registration is now CLOSED for The LGBTQ+ Experience

Links to sign up are posted with each description.
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About the Format

Each topic will be explored in three online sessions in a lunch-and-learn format led by the staff of WillHouse Global. Sessions will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. via Teachable.com, a website designed for online classes. When you sign up for a class, you will receive a confirmation email from Teachable with the class materials and the link to participate online.

The format for all three series is identical. The first session of each series will address the topic from the individual perspective. The second session will look at the topic from the standpoint of society and institutions, and the final session will explore strategies for applying the lessons learned to the daily practices, behaviors, and operations of city government.

Conversation format
We will offer three different conversation topics from July-September. Each topic will cover (3) three (75) minutes synchronous (Zoom) sessions. Each synchronous (Zoom) session will be accompanied by asynchronous (Teachable) "homework" assignments. When signing up, you will sign up first for Teachable.com to register for the class and for your “homework” assignments.

The format for all sessions is identical. The first session of the series addresses the content from the individual (micro) level. The second session looks at the societal and institutional (macro) issues related to the topic and the final session explores strategies for applying the lessons learned to the daily practices, behaviors, and operations of City of Winston Salem. 

To ensure that you get the most out of your conversation series, we recommend that you attend all three sessions of your registered conversation topic. Please note, you are free to participate in more than one conversation topic. 

Zoom access:
All live sessions will occur by Zoom. Once you register for your topic, you will receive a Zoom link for that topic series. 

Teachable Login:
All of your conversation "pre-work'' and "homework" (trust me you will not have much) will be housed in our learning management system called Teachable. After you register with Teachable, you will have access to all of the course materials. You will also receive an email providing some useful tips to access Teachable. 

Registering for one of the conversation series:
You can register for any of the conversation series by clicking on the "Sign Up" buttons below.


Series Descriptions

The Black and White Experience

Registration is now CLOSED


Facilitated by Dr. William T. Lewis

This series of conversations will give participants a deeper and more holistic understanding of the origins of racism and structural racism in the United States of America.

July 22: Unpacking My Cultural Baggage: Race and Racism in the United States of America. In this session, participants will explore their racial identity development within the context of race and racism in the United States. We will look at concepts of privilege, oppression, and systems of oppression. We will explore how our "cultural baggage" can impact our facilitation of brave conversations.

July 29: The Origins of Structural Racism and Oppression in America: From 1619 to Reconstruction. In this session we will explore the origins of structural racism and oppression in America by reviewing historical events from Colonial America through Reconstruction.

Aug. 5: What now? With the understanding developed in the first two sessions, we will discuss the challenges identified in the first two sessions, and the steps we can take as a community to alleviate those challenges and create a more racially just and inclusive Winston-Salem.


The Latinx Experience

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Facilitated by Jorge Zeballos

This series will give participants a broad understanding of the Latinx experience, both in Latin America and the United States, particularly through the lens of race. 

Aug. 4: Race and Racism in Latin America. There are similarities and differences in the way race and racism shaped Latin America and the United States. This session will help participants understand how Spanish colonization shaped racial attitudes in Latin America.

Aug. 11: The Racialized Condition of Latinx People in the United States. Building on the first session, we will explore how Latinx people are seen and treated racially in the U.S. including the impact of immigration, deportation, shifting borders, language, and colorism on the Latinx experience

Aug. 18: What now? With the understanding developed in the first two sessions, we will discuss the challenges identified in the first two sessions, and the steps we can take as a community to alleviate those challenges and create a more racially just and inclusive Winston-Salem.


The LGBTQ+ Experience

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Facilitated by EJ McGaughy

This series will give participants an in-depth understanding of the LGBTQ experience, particularly through the lens of power, privilege, and oppression in the United States.

Sept. 8: Foundations Part One: The Umbrella & Sexuality. What does LGBTQ+ stand for? What are the differences and similarities of those who fall under the (LGBTQ+) umbrella? This session will explore sexuality-centered identities, realities, dynamics, struggles and strengths within and around the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sept. 15: Foundations Part Two: The Umbrella & Gender. The second session will specifically explore gender-centered identities, realities, dynamics, struggles and strengths within and around the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sept. 22: What now? With the understanding developed in the first two sessions, we will discuss the challenges identified in the first two sessions, and the steps we can take as a community to alleviate those challenges and create a more racially just, inclusive and liberating Winston-Salem.

About WillHouse Global

WillHouse Global (WillHouse) focuses on helping small- and medium-sized organizations throughout North Carolina create winning cultures through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s Culture of Belonging framework illuminates the state of an organization’s culture, including strengths and opportunities for improvement by increasing employees’ sense of belonging and engagement. The members of the company have an average 25 years of hands-on experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, human resources and organizational development work.

About the Facilitators

Dr. William T. Lewis Sr. is the founder and president of WillHouse Global. As a former chief diversity officer, Lewis has led diversity and inclusion efforts at Indiana University, Bridgewater State University and Virginia Tech University. Lewis also served at Forsyth Technical Community College as a special consultant to the president for belonging, equity and inclusion.

Lewis serves the community of Winston Salem as an advisory board member of the Wake Forest Center for Private Business and the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), an initiative of the Winston Salem Foundation. 

Lewis has a master’s degree in social work and earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.  

Jorge Zeballos has facilitated workshops on equity and has been a keynote speaker at various national and international diversity conferences. He also has worked with various organizations in the non-profit, education, philanthropic, and faith communities in organizational transformation strategies.

Zeballos was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Lima, Peru. He has a master’s degree in organizational management and development from Fielding Graduate University.

Emily Joye McGaughy (they/them) has focused their work for the past 16 years on intersecting movements for equity, liberation, and justice in various work, spiritual, activist, and family contexts. EJ has facilitated for Allies for Change, The Center for Diversity and Innovation, The Accountability Academy of Mothering Justice, Catalyst, and The Truth & Titus Collective. They are trained and certified as a creative writing facilitator in the Amherst Writers & Artists way.

McGaughy is of Germanic descent, white, queer, non-binary, disabled, middle class and a radically inclusive Christian. They have degrees in religion and philosophy from Catawba College and The Pacific School of Religion.

A note from your Facilitators:

Dear Friends, 

I greet you in grace, mercy, love, and empathy! I am so excited that you will be joining us for the DEI 3x3 Conversation Series sponsored by the City of Winston Salem.

I have spent my entire professional career in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. I know issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity are complex. To effectively address DEI issues you need a team of trainers who are knowledgeable, patient, compassionate, and empathetic. You will find these qualities and many more in me and my training colleagues, Jorge Zeballos and Emily McGaughy. We are eager to share and to learn with you. 

Above is some important information and directions concerning our training process. Please read carefully, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at william@wtlewis.com.
-Dr. William T. Lewis Sr.