UPDATE: March 1, 2019

Greetings and thank you for stopping by! We wrapped our pilot initiative on November 18, 2019. Currently, was are still in the process of exploring next steps for Powerful Conversations on Race (PCR) based on the feedback we received from the November 18th community wrap-up, as well as the recent PCR Facilitator wrap-up. We'll release new information as soon as those next steps are solidified.

However, in the meantime, here are local resources to support your own work towards addressing racial justice in the Circle City. These are not Spirit & Place sponsored / affiliated initiatives or events. As such, we have not evaluated these and cannot provide any additional information beyond what has been given. Participate at your own discretion and if you have any feedback, please do share.

  • Connect with the Peace and Justice Weekly Listing, which highlights various activities around peace, justice, race initiatives. Feel free to sign-up for the weekly list at jimbowolfe@gmail.com.

  • The Indianapolis Race and Cultural Relationships Network has monthly meetings. For more information, click here.


Once the work plan for next steps is completed, we will release that information via this website, as well as the Spirit & Place website and newsletter

Until then, feel free to reach out and connect with us at info@SpiritandPlace.org or via phone at 317.274.2455.

With gratitude,


PCR Community


Powerful Conversations on Race is a monthly community discussion series exploring the themes set out in the text Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence.


We'll use the text and other source materials to catalyze our community conversation about race and racism in America.  These community dialogues are an opportunity to engage in deep conversations, to listen to each other, to be pushed to our growing edge.

Walk-in guests are welcome, but we greatly appreciate RSVPs so we can plan accordingly RSVP here.

At this time, we WILL NOT be providing copies of the book, but will provide handouts of the selected readings at each meeting.

How it Works


How is this discussion series different than others? While we will root our conversations in The Charleston Syllabus, this is not a book discussion group. Nor is it a lecture series


Each month we'll choose 1 or 2 readings from each section of the book to help ground our conversation. Facilitators trained in the Civic Reflection Dialogue method will use these, as well as other source materials, to further support and push our discussion into deeper examination and reflection. Although we'll only be tackling a small fraction of the text each month, participants are encouraged to read the entire chapter if you can on your own. It is not necessary to read the any of the text before the dialogue. Additional source materials that may be used to support the discussion include music, photos, videos, etc.

Click here to here to learn more about Civic Reflection Dialogue.

Walk-in guests are welcome and encouraged, but we greatly appreciate RSVPs so we can plan accordingly. RSVP here. Please RSVP no later than the Friday prior to each Sunday session.

The Text & Materials


Published in 2016, The Charleston Syllabus is a curated list taken from #Charleston Syllabus, an online compendium of links to writings on racism that was conceived by Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, following the massacre of nine individuals at Emmanuel AME by Dylann Roof.


With the help of Kidada Williams, Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University, the #Charleston Syllabus hashtag started trending on Twitter on the evening of June 19, 2015. The online list was compiled and organized by African American Intellectual Historical Society blogger Keisha N. Blain, Visiting Research Scholar in African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and can be viewed here. 

Stay Tuned!

Thank you to the 400+ community members that participated in the pilot phase of Powerful Conversations on Race.


We wrapped up the first discussion series on November 18, 2018! During that final discussion we compiled the community feedback to explore next steps and how to support community's growth around racial justice and dialogue. We have also worked with our facilitators to explore our learnings and where to go next. Currently, we are in the process of developing the work plan for next steps and will release that information via this website, as well as the Spirit & Place website and newsletter

Until then, feel free to reach out and connect with us at info@SpiritandPlace.org or via phone at 317.274.2455. 




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40 W. 40th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

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The Polis Center


1200 Waterway Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: 317-274-2463

Email: lascrowe@iupui.edu


Interested in tackling these issues around race, but don't know where to start?

Click here for a comprehensive list of resources concerning racial equity, justice and healing developed by the W.K. Kellog Foundation. 

*The program is funded by Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Legacy of Race and Ethnicity initiative,” and The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. Project partners include Child Advocates and IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. “Powerful Conversation on Race” is endorsed by the Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and the Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis. 




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Debra Jarvis

Debra Jarvis is a public safety and nonprofit leadership consultant at visioningvalues.com. Prior, she was a fire chief in the Chicago area 8 years and a fire officer in Indy several years. She was an Executive Board member for Healing Racism/Chicago Southland, and facilitated racial dialogues for ten years using Everyday Democracy’s curriculum. She is a Harvard fellow of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, has an M.A. in Leadership Studies and a B.A. in Management.