Conversations About Race & Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) is a six-week dialogue space for community members of Syracuse University to engage in meaningful, challenging, and vital conversations about race and ethnicity. C.A.R.E. challenges participants to explore their own racial and ethnic identity, understand the experiences of others, critically identify social systems of oppression, and work towards living a more socially just life.

Participant Commitment

Participation in C.A.R.E. is not only self-serving, but also self-less as the dialogue involves a personal exploration of one’s own racial and ethnic identity and as well as compassion and empathy for other participant’s lived experiences. All participants are asked to make a commitment to the following components in order to fully engage in the experience:

  • Attendance at all 6 circle sessions*
  • Active listening and participation in circle dialogue
  • Completion of all weekly reading(s)
  • Submission of all critical reflection writing
  • Responsibility of presence in space, including verbal and non-verbal actions

*It is important to note that absence from one circle session will potentially result in the participant’s removal from C.A.R.E.

Faculty & Staff Circle Registration

Registration for Summer 2021 Circles is now OPEN.

We are offering two sessions, the deadline to register is May 23rd. The first session dates are May 26-June 30 from 12pm to 2pm. The second session dates are July 7-August 11 from 3pm to 5pm.

For any questions or concerns please contact:

Robin Maxile
Graduate Assistant – Conversations About Race and Ethnicity

C.A.R.E. Statement on Dialogue

Syracuse University has made a commitment to create a campus community that is free from discrimination and celebrates the diversity of its various community members.

The ability to genuinely appreciate others for their differences and similarities in such areas as gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and age for example, allows us to see individuals with unique gifts and flaws, and to realize more often than not, that they have remarkably similar values and aspirations to our own. By building a community that strives for inclusion and diversity, the community is enriched because they value and continuously learn from the contributions made by the entire campus. Dialogue creates opportunities for people to engage, learn from each other and build understanding of one’s experiences, and embrace and celebrate our differences.

CARE Facilitators Application Deadline has been extended to September 2

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open summer 2021. Syracuse University staff, faculty and graduate students who align with the following requirements are encouraged to complete the application by September 2.

C.A.R.E. facilitators must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend all training sessions.
  • Access to facilitate Zoom sessions.
  • Experience facilitating group discussions.
  • Comfortable discussing topics around race, ethnicity and anti-blackness.
  • Previously participated in C.A.R.E. dialogues.

For more information about C.A.R.E. Facilitator sign up, contact Robin Maxile.