The WIE Cross-Cultural Conversations Committee launched the 2019 CCC series in March.  We have worked hard to update our program, including training over 15 new facilitators to assist us in implementing these important conversations across our region.
 DSC1110For those of you not yet familiar with the CCC platform, it consists of small, intentionally selected groups of 8-12 individuals from varying backgrounds (e.g., race, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, religion and/or neighborhood).  The goal of the program is to create a safe environment to bridge those differences and open a pathway to see and treat one another as human beings and not as "other".  The group meets four times over a 4-month period and, through their conversations and sharing of experiences, participants delve deep into the ways in which race and other differences have manifested in one another's lives and how they have created seemingly impenetrable barriers to genuine trust and authentic relationship.  The program has been extremely well received, with past participants remarking that the program has been "life-changing" and "exactly what Charlotte needs right now in terms of moving the city forward." 
"One of the programs I have loved most during my years as a member of WIE is Cross Cultural Conversations, and I am delighted that this fabulous program is being relaunched! I remember hosting one of these over a three week period. Once a week, a group of 5 or 6 WIE members met at my house for a simple dinner. I think it was "take out" so no trouble for the hostess. As we sat around the dining room table, we each told a little about ourselves and out of that came follow up questions and comments. I remember that when the set time for our first get together was up, we all said " Can't wait until next week". What made this so enjoyable was that we were a diverse group that didn't know each other before "opening  night", and we loved hearing each other's stories. When the three evenings together ended, we all felt enriched by the experience."
Sally Dalton Robinson
Community Leader
WIE Honorary Board

"I am involved because I appreciate the importance of building a community structure that works for all of its members across race, ethnicity, class, gender as well as other cultural identities.  I deeply believe, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said,  that "whatever affects one of us directly, affects each of us indirectly".   In that spirit,  facilitating one of the WIE groups and working with other community members allows me to do my part to help build the "beloved community".
Deborah J. Walker, Ph. D., Facilitator
WIE Cross-Cultural Conversations

Thank you for helping us fulfill WIE's mission to build trust across difference and to expand dialogue around these important issues of diversity and inclusion in the Charlotte community.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact WIE at (980)355-7000 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..