ERA 2020: Reframing Women’s Equality as Equity
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Omaha Table Talk was initially created in 2003 by the social justice advisory committee of Catholic Charities Omaha. Committee member Terri McFarland saw value in reproducing the Dallas Dinners idea here in the Midwest. McFarland founded the initiative along with other members of the committee, including A’Jamal Byndon, Franklin Thompson, Kathy Jeffries, Karen Nwango, and Frank Partsch.
In the beginning, each event featured six or more people gathered for facilitated, candid conversations at a private home. More than a decade ago Inclusive Communities acquired the program, shifting to larger events in public spaces.
Our monthly Lozier Omaha Table Talk series programming highlights themes and topics based on trending issues our community is facing. Our quarterly series, Race Dialogues, highlights intersectional identities and experiences impacting people of color. Each Table Talk program opens with a panel of speakers and is then broken into small group discussions led by trained facilitators. These facilitators help guide safe, honest, and open conversations around the highlighted theme or topic.
Additionally, every year we host our Main Table Talk Event. During the Main Table Talk Event, Inclusive Communities partners with various restaurants and businesses who graciously donate meals and private spaces for participants to enjoy while having meaningful dialogues about race and identities.
Programs, such as Omaha Table Talk, ultimately help eliminate prejudice and inequities in our community by providing participants with the opportunity to interact with each other and learn from people with diverse identities and experiences. Omaha Table Talk strives to make our community a more inclusive place to live by creating opportunities for interpersonal relationships to grow.