Speech to Text for Lafayette Urban Ministry tackling the topic of racial bias
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race and diversity can be tough topics to discuss.but lafayette urban ministry isn't shying away.news 18's micah upshaw tells us how the organization is using the topic to better serve the community. 3 lum staff members take a retreat once a year to be educated on various social topics.this year was all about race, diversity and inclusion. lum leaders say it was an eye-opener. 3< linda: we can not escape the forces and influences of racism, we are affected whether we are white or black or any person of color.micah: lafayette urban ministry staff members are heading back to work with a new perspective. joe: it's appropriate that not only lafayette urban ministry talk about race but boy it's something that every small business, every large company, every university department and college ought to be doing. micah: lum executive micah: lum executive director joe micon says lum serves a community from all walks of life.the retreat focused on understanding why there's discomfort when talking about racial inequality.joe: our whiteness, what are the things that we say, what are the things that perhaps we do that contribute to on going racism in our lives and in our community.micah: micon says being aware of internal biases will improve communication with the people they serve. joe: it's a topic that always has to be on the forefront. micah: linda hicks says she has a new awareness as she interacts with clients.linda: when somebody comes in the door and i see that that's a person of color or that's a white person.what do i bring forward that i have internalized, that maybe i don't know i'm presenting. micah: hicks, like lum youth's program director kristi hogue believe this retreat was beneficial for lum's staff. kristi: maybe being part of those conversations is maybe even more uncomfortable for white people but it makes it even more important when you're working with such a diverse population.> 3 micon says more than half of lum's staff members are white, while more than half the people they serve belong to minority groups.