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The Intercultural Speakers Bureau (ICSB) addresses and counters racism across racial, ethnic, and religious groups by bringing together a panel of speakers from marginalized communities experiencing bigotry in the United States to educate about how racist narratives about a people were formed and framed in history and then embedded in culture institutionally and through implicit biases.
The panel focuses on the shared history and diverse breadth of experiences from the following groups: Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans, Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans. After opening with a discussion on the formation and dissemination of dominant narratives, each panelist speaks about how this has manifested in her or his community and what we can do together to counter racism.
Working from the well-established social science principle that face-to-face education and engagement are the most effective ways to dispel stereotypes and prejudice, panels include group discussions with the audience and conclude with calls to action to counter hate and build an inclusive society based on mutual understanding and solidarity.
To view live recordings of past intercultural panels, visit our ICSB series on “Solidarity in a Time of Crisis: Standing with Marginalized Communities”, or the ICSB panel we held for the City of San Jose below:
You are free to choose what panels you participate in according to your own availability; however, we want you to commit to participating in at least one panel per quarter of the year, or four panels a year. The most successful speakers are individuals who have good public speaking skills and are already familiar with the history of their ethnic or religious group in the United States context.
Why should I consider joining the Intercultural Speakers Bureau (ICSB)?
If you have an interest in educating diverse audiences about the history of your community and taking an active role in addressing bigotry and systemic racism in the United States through education, ING’s Intercultural Speakers Bureau is an excellent opportunity to act on that interest in a way that fits your schedule.
What is included in the training?
- Overview of the ICSB program
- Review of the ICSB presentation content
- Overview of speaker certification process