Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud – Stony Road
In this episode we explore the value of being culturally competent and sensitive at this moment in history. Our guest, Dr. Cynthia Taylor shares her experience working with the Cultural Competency Work Group of a local nonprofit, Project SUN of Kankakee County. Dr Taylor is the Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Services at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois and is a professional mental health provider as well. During the episode, Robert and Shannon share in conversation about current dialogue concerning racial equity in our nation. Usually when we hear the phrase, "saying the quiet part out loud," reference is being made to overt racist language spoken by some popular or notable white person. In our episode, we explore the growing culture of white supremacy that is suppressing the language of racial equity in our midst.
Shannon Swilley has worked in public education for 15 years. During this time he taught high school African American history, and Western Civilization as an adjunct professor at ONU. Currently he works as a principal at a local junior high school and manages various projects that impact equity in our community.
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Robert Bushey (he/him/his) has served as an ordained minister, anti-racism trainer, and activist with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 30 years. He is a native of Kankakee County and currently Co-Minister of Central Christian Church. He consults and engages with several local nonprofits and activists who work to build an equitable community in our midst.