Moving from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces
February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday, February 17th – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Phoenix time)
- Derrick K. Willis, MPA, Director of the University of Iowa’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) within the University of Iowa Health Care.
Synopsis: In the past two years, issues related to historical oppression, structural racism, health disparities and many other social justice inequities were exposed. Agencies have spent countless hours developing strategies to respond to these inequities. Through these efforts, we have learned that our ability to keep conversations and environments free of risk is difficult. Creating safe spaces will no longer yield the results desired and needed to bring about change. The conversations will not get easier, but our ability to press forward towards more meaningful dialogue will expand. This session will explore strategies to turn safe spaces into brave spaces that lead to thought-provoking and deep conversations that help identify root causes and begin reconciliation.