Flashlights Podcast Project

The largest uprising against racism in the U.S. led to racism being declared a public health crisis. However, according to Pew research (June 2023), 57% of U.S. adults say that focusing on race over the past 3 years hasn't led to positive change for Black Americans. A 2022 survey by PRRI found that 90% of white Americans' close friendship networks are white. Clearly, white people talking with white people about racism is both practicable and necessary for change. Flashlights, our anti-racism project, is intentionally designed for people who identify as white to practice engaging in a dialogue about racism.

Each week participants listen (at their convenience) to a 15-minute podcast exploring racism and join a 60-minute Zoom session. The goal is to form an emotional connection, internally and with each other, and to practice, reflect, and incorporate learning. Flashlights holds up a mirror to show the culture that white people inhabit, and what could be if we should up as alternative voices willing to talk and act regarding racism.

Graduates of Flashlights are invited to join a Flashlights community of practice that meets monthly to continue practicing and sharing resources.





Each run of this course will take 10 weeks to complete. Because community building is essential, we ask that you commit to all 10 weeks.

10 live sessions:

Live Learning Session 1 (only)

Live Learning Session 2  (podcast: ”One Tree”)

Live Learning Session 3  (podcast: “How Do We Build Culture?”)

Live Learning Session 4  (podcast: “A Parable of Privilege”)

Live Learning Session 5  (podcast: “Winter Sundays”)

Live Learning Session 6  (podcast:  “Own your story”) 

Live Learning Session 7  (podcast: “Tension”)

Live Learning Session 8  (podcast: “How Did You Come to Your Understanding?”)

Live Learning Session 9  (podcast: “ Assumptions”) 

Live Learning Session 10 (podcast: “Underlying Narratives”)

A facilitator will lead guided discussions and activities related to the podcast, skills and participants’ needs.


Upcoming Runs


Course DatesRegistration DatesRegistration Link

2/7/24 - 4/10/24

11/27/23 - 2/2/24

3/26/24 - 5/28/24

1/16/24 - 3/22/24https://registrations.publichealthpractice.org/Training/Detail/1061


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