Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Life-Changing Conversations About Race

The Dialogue Project welcomed anti-racism experts Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman, co-authors of Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations About Race and Racism, on May 7. 

In the 2022 book, McBride, who is Black, and Wiseman, who is white, discuss their own friendship and tap into their decades of anti-racism work to answer 20 uncomfortable-but-critical questions about race. Courageous Discomfort serves as a guide on how to have candid conversations around race and become a better advocate.  

McBride is an international teacher, speaker, author, and preacher with expertise in youth development, diversity, and inclusion and allyship. In 2014 she founded Marvelous University, a social enterprise designed to meet the diverse needs of girls and young women as they navigate life. Working with young people from all backgrounds, Marvelous University focuses on life coaching, success planning, mentorship, and leadership development. As part of these efforts, McBride trains adults who engage with youth to ensure that there are well-equipped and trusted allies in the lives of the young people.

Wiseman is a speaker, writer, advisor, and thought leader on leadership, culture, conflict, and young people. Currently, she serves as a senior leadership consultant at the U.S. State Department’s Office for Overseas Schools, which serves more than 195 schools throughout the world; a consultant at the Texas Science Behavior and Mind Institute; and is supporting Professor David Yeager at the University of Texas on a forthcoming book on young people and motivation.

Wiseman is the author of nine books, including Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls.

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