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Racial Equity Leadership Series

The Welcome Table

About this experience

Join us for the Welcome Table series facilitated by the Alluvial Collective, focusing on community building, dialogue, and experiential learning about race and equity. This engaging, participatory approach uses deep listening, storytelling, and relationship building as prerequisites to creating more inclusive and equitable communities and work dynamics. The process helps us learn more about issues of equity and inclusion, and more deeply investigate the consequences of inherited systems and structural inequities without personal shaming or blaming. Past participants have described it as a valuable, empowering experience. Because each session builds on the previous one, you're encouraged to attend the entire series.

The series consists of 5 sessions that build upon one another, starting with deeper relationship- and trust-building, moving to learning sessions, and often concluding with the group’s recommendations for their own organization.

Why this approach?

In a society that has become more and more polarized, it’s imperative that we find ways of to better connect with others both professionally and personally, to practice better communication through deep listening and learning, and to create spaces that are more welcoming and inclusive of all in our nation.

Key takeaways from previous participants include:

  • Being better equipped for collaboration.
  • Growing a deeper understanding of interdependence.
  • Gaining a larger sense of the value and power in diversity—in identities such as race, age, gender; life experiences and background; ways of thinking; personality and approach.
  • Being vulnerable as learners and extending grace to those at a different place of understanding.
  • Feeling like each voice was valued and had something to contribute.
  • Growing in practice and comfort when talking about harder subjects or uncomfortable topics.

Who should participate?

Participation is open to all UMMC staff, faculty, trainees and enrolled students with a strong interest in leading others, building intellectual capacity, and creating long-lasting partnerships with authenticity in mind and at the forefront of their work.

Series schedule

Participants will be required to work alongside a consistent cohort made up of UMMC staff, faculty, trainees and students as the sessions are carefully designed in a scaffolded manner, with each meeting building on the previous one.   

Sessions will be virtual (on Zoom) and will last approximately 90 minutes each. Participants may select to join Cohort 1 or Cohort 2 and be present on the following days and times within the cohort selected. 

Sessions are from 4pm-5:30pm on the scheduled dates.

Up to 15 individuals (no more than) will be selected for each Cohort. You may not crossover and attend sessions between cohorts, so choose carefully.  

NOTE: COHORTS 1 AND 2 ARE CURRENTLY FULL. Please submit the form below to request to be added to the waiting list for subsequent cohorts.  

Tuesday, February 8Wednesday, February 9
Tuesday, February 22Wednesday, February 23
Tuesday, March 8Wednesday, March 9
Tuesday, March 22Wednesday, March 23
Tuesday, April 12Wednesday, April 13

At the conclusion the conclusion of the series, each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion and will receive the customized “Transformational Leader” lapel pin.

Selected individuals will be notified of their participation by Friday, January 21, 2022. Applicants enrolling in Cohort IV of the UMMC Diversity and Inclusion Champion and Professional Development Program are not encouraged to apply and attempt to complete both programs simultaneously.

Registration for Cohorts 1 and 2 is currently closed. Please submit an interest form below to be added to a waiting list for subsequent cohorts. 


The views expressed in guest presentations made during inclUsive conversations, the Distinguished Lecture Series, and other ODI events are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Presentations at ODI events do not constitute an endorsement of speaker's views, products or services. 

 The Welcome Table Interest Form

* - Required Fields

Job Title* 
Phone Number*() -    
How do you identify?*
Please indicate your area of affiliation.*
Which cohort would you like to join? (Cohort 2 has filled up and is unavailable.)*
Briefly share what you hope to learn by participating in this series and how you will apply it your work.*