About the E-Course

With the rise of cancel culture, we often find ourselves embroiled in disagreements rather than focusing on our shared goal of advocating for human rights. To build solidarity in our work and communities, we must adopt a strategy that unites us and embraces our differences. 'Calling In' offers a path to engage in transformative conversations, meeting people where they are while making people feel heard, respected, and cared for. In this e-course, activist, public intellectual, and scholar, Loretta Ross helps us understand the divisiveness of cancel culture and leads us through alternative ways of holding one another accountable while developing empathy and building meaningful connection. 

What You'll Gain

  • Tools for recognizing the pitfalls of cancel culture

  • Approaches for fostering inclusive environments

  • Effective techniques for engaging in active listening

  • Adaptable language for conflict resolution

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Loretta Ross

Loretta J. Ross is an activist, public intellectual, scholar, the 2022 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award and an Associate Professor at Smith College. She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. Throughout her 50-year career, she has worked with the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Loretta has co-written three books on reproductive justice and her current book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2024. In 2012, Loretta retired as an organizer to teach and follow her passion to educate. In her work Calling In the Calling Out Culture, she transforms how people can overcome political differences to use empathy and respect to guide difficult conversations. In 2023, Loretta was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • For Self-Paced or Group Learning

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion

  • Takes approx. 2 hours to complete

  • Access the E-Course for 3 Months!

  • Closed Captioned (English)

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Getting Started

    • SpeakOut's Land, Life, & Labor Acknowledgement

    • Activity - What Indigenous land are you on?

  • 2

    Let's Get Started!

    • Meet Your Instructor: Loretta Ross

    • Welcome from Loretta Ross

    • Opening Reflection

  • 3

    Navigating Challenging Conversations and Cultivating Compassionate Connections

    • Introduction to Calling In

    • 5 Cs Continuum

    • Cancel Culture

    • Punching Up, Punching Down & Punching Sideways

    • Spheres of Influence

    • Break Time!

    • When is Calling In Appropriate

    • When is Calling Out Appropriate

    • A Deeper Look at Calling In

    • Self-Assessment and Healing

    • Calling In Roadmap

    • What We're Fighting For

    • Turning the Switch On and Off

    • Overcoming Call Out Culture and A Call for Human Rights

    • Activity- Self-Assessment

  • 4

    Call to Action

    • Ways to Participate in the Calling In Movement

    • What is Your Role?

    • Responding to Being Called In or Out

    • Additional Resources for Responding

    • Closing Reflection

  • 5

    Next Steps...

    • Thank You!

    • Additional Resources

    • Closing Questionnaire

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Calling In: Navigating Challenging Conversations and Cultivating Compassionate Connections


From Audience Members

"Electrifying! My brain, my heart, exploded. I could spend hours getting inspired and informed by listening to Loretta Ross."

"This course stretched me to be a better human and to see the humanity of all people I interact with every day. I listen differently. I speak differently. The Calling In framework turns conversations that feel impossible into opportunities for connection and growth. It provided me with an empathic path forward through a deeply polarized society."

"Professor Ross is inviting us to heal our divisions and discover where we can connect with people very different from ourselves. She lifts the corrosive cultural habit we have of shaming ourselves and others so we can open ourselves to being changed by and changing one another for our common good."

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