Diversity Awareness Partnership

Listen. Talk. Learn. Community Sessions

Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP)’s Listen. Talk. Learn’s are intended to help strengthen our community’s ability to dialogue about race relations by facilitating important and difficult discussions on race, unconscious bias, and our lived experiences. Our hope is that by talking to one another and learning more about communities we have limited exposure to, we will be more effective allies in the ongoing work of racial justice.

DAP began offering FREE Listen. Talk. Learn: Dialogue Across Difference Facilitation Sessions (LTL) in September 2014 after Michael Brown’s death. Since this time, more than 3,000 people have attended an LTL from the business, corporate, non-profit, arts, and faith sectors. The sessions are open to anyone interested in attending. Companies and organizations may request to host an LTL community session at their facility.

Attendees will leave the session with the following:
• Information on the differences between debate and dialogue
• Strategies for answering difficult and polarizing questions about race, racism, and bias
• Exposure to a lived experience different than their own
• Opportunity to process current events

Upcoming Listen. Talk. Learn Sessions:

Wed, December 6, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
University of Missouri
Jesse Hall
4th Floor- Kinder Institute Conference Room
Columbia, MO 65211

DAP – Columbia, in partnership with our Corporate Partner, MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, is offering a FREE Listen.Talk.Learn: Dialogue Across Difference sessions to convene members of the community, so that we can start our collective process. Any individual or group interested in learning how to navigate difficult dialogue on race relations and unconscious bias are encouraged to register for this training.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is free in any University garage after 5PM. Please contact the organizer for acessibility instructions.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Nikki McGruder, Regional Manager at 573-817-4354 or nmcgruder@dapstl.org

Register for this FREE LTL now!



Listen. Talk. Learn More.







Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in the summer of 2014, our communities locally, nationally, and globally have been impacted by an increasing amount of conversations about race and related issues.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Mizzou to Sandra Bland to the recent killings of both Black men and police, our cultural consciousness around racial bias has been heightened, and we are being expected to understand these concepts with an increased level of dexterity.

Though the core of our conversations has remained the same, the ways we talk about them and the stories we tell have changed. We have listened, talked, and learned. And many of us are ready to do more.

Our Listen. Talk. Learn More session is designed for participants who have already attended one of our Listen. Talk. Learn sessions and have begun to ask, “What’s next?” The key objectives for the LTL More are:

  • Explore how the realities of power and authority influence our perceptions about the world
  • Troubleshoot common points of conflict when discussing race
  • Define helpful terminology and the impact of intersectionality on race.

Upcoming Listen. Talk. Learn More Sessions:

Check back for upcoming sessions.