CMC’s primary workshop, “Race, Society and Daily Life,” is a 15-hour program. The class assists individuals, groups and organizations to find a shared vision and to identify the attitudes, practices and policies that will allow them to increase compassion and reach for greatness.
A 25-hour workshop uses similar techniques. It offers a more in-depth look at how society and family influence the development of individual points of view and the behaviors that result.
Presentations and Forums
Recent presentations have promoted the understanding of specific cultures, such as Egyptian, Islamic, Mexican and Puerto Rican. Other presentations have covered topics such as:
- escaping from The Holocaust (a personal account by Miriam Webster)
- talking about race without being offensive (a two-part series)
- egalitarianism and womb discrimination
- economic racism and housing policies
- understanding and respecting individual differences
- daring to be different
- retail redlining
- race relations for college students
- dealing with diversity as a senior citizen.
Some CMC workshops are approved for PHR and SPHR credits. Contact The Human Resources Certification Institute for more information. Also, CMC workshops and presentations are offered at various times, and can be tailored for your workplace, house of worship or community group. For more information, contact Executive Director Eugene Dumas at (708) 709-3797 or email him.
Helping to End Economic Racism
CMC cooperates with organizations in the Chicago Southland area to uncover and address discriminatory practices. For example, CMC helped to research the issue of retail redlining. That term refers to the practice of corporations refusing to operate stores or franchises in a region where the population is predominantly black, Hispanic or another ethnic minority. CMC has assisted Diversity Inc. as it conducted comparative surveys for shopping centers, department stores, drug stores, hardware stores, and grocery stores. This information is then used to encourage more balanced economic growth in local communities.
Every April since 1998, people in Chicago’s south suburbs have met to share a meal and converse about race and ethnic relations. The event is a grassroots effort to end prejudice and intolerance using one of the most powerful methods available: personal contact and dialogue. Dinners are held in people’s homes, schools and houses of worship. Participants of different races, ethnicities, religions and ages share a meal, and have a conversation about various issues.
The dinners are coordinated by representatives from Governors State University; The Unity Coalition of the Southern Suburbs; the villages of Flossmoor, Homewood, Matteson and Park Forest; the League of Women Voters of Homewood Flossmoor; the League of Women Voters of Park Forest; the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI); the Center for Multicultural Communities; the Robin L. Kelly Foundation; Illinois State Treasurer’s Office; Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee; and Rich Township High School District 227.