About the E-Course

How can we have difficult or challenging conversations with people who may not agree with or grasp our perspectives? 

How do we create safer, structured environments where people from different social identities can explore power, privilege, positionality, and systems of belief?

We live in a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, a situation which has forced many to seek refuge in comfortable, familiar spaces devoid of meaningful differences and ideological challenges. In this e-course, scholar and educator, Mohammed Soriano Bilal utilizes experiential activities and scholarship to catalyze intergroup dialogue and understanding across differences. Participants will learn dialogic methods for examining their own social identity and its relationship to power, alongside skills for designing braver and safer spaces - so necessary for engaging more people to transform our institutions to be true beacons for equity and social justice.

What You'll Gain

  • Strategies for establishing trust and creating a sense of community in times of anxiety

  • Practical tools and exercises for understanding and bridging differences

  • Ideas for fostering solidarity and promoting transformative change within educational institutions and beyond

Individual Registration

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Instructor(s)

Instructor

Mohammed Soriano Bilal

Mohammed Soriano-Bilal, MBA, is an accomplished Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant, educator, and strategist. He serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Office for Inclusion, Belonging, and Intergroup Communication at Stanford University. He teaches two courses on intergroup communication, consults on DEI issues, including recruitment, retention, and design, and explores his scholarly passion for the confluence of equity, art, and innovation. He is an acclaimed poet and an award-winning producer of both music and film. His film work includes “If I Were President,” an election campaign that helped register 200,000 first-time voters of color and “Vocabulary of Change,” a SpeakOut-sponsored conversation between Angela Davis and Tim Wise. Mohammed is also known as the voice of reason from his appearance on MTV's Real World San Francisco.
  • For Self-Paced or Group Learning

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion

  • Takes approx. 2 hours to complete

  • Access the E-Course for 3 Months!

  • ASL & 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?

    • Opening Reflection

  • 2

    Let's get started!

    • Meet Your Instructor: Mohammed Soriano-Bilal

  • 3

    How to Create Brave and Safer Spaces

    • Opening Message

    • Part I

    • Break Time!

    • Mohammed's Story

    • Part II

    • Closing Reflection

  • 4

    Next Steps...

    • Thank You!

    • Additional Resources

    • Closing Questionnaire

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How to Create Brave and Safer Spaces

Testimonials

From Audience Members

"Thought-provoking, informative, captivating and insightful!"


"One of the most honest, actionable sessions I’ve ever attended."


"He provides great information and resources on building bridges and not breaking points for creating brave and safer spaces."


"Thanks so much for emphasizing the importance of story and vulnerability in order to build trust. I feel that kind of sharing is trained out of us.... It's essential to remember our own humanity."

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