Epoch Conversation Starters

For adults, teens, general and mixed audiences can be purchased in our online store now

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Epoch’s ™RIR Protocol
™RIR Protocol Instructions and Worksheet  

Carlos Gomez
Creating the artwork for our Conversation Starter Decks

Carlos Gomez
Epoch Education and Digital Literacy

Deanna on Conversation Starters

How to use the Conversation Starter Cards
With Dr. Nancy Dome

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Conversation #1 – Nicole, Sonoma Plaza

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Conversation #2 – Alan, Sonoma Plaza

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Conversation #7 Ella

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Conversation #13 Bob Smith

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Conversation #15 – Laura & Laurie

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Conversation #24 – Cardenas

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Conversation #25 – LaDay

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Conversation #26 – Jennifer

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Conversation #27 – Mary

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Conversation #28 – Noel


Getting people in conversation about the issues that divide us and to create and promote equity in a way we believe is possible.  Starting with our schools, educators and parents, we will impact  the way we communicate with each other.

Race, religion, gender, diversity  and equity – asking the difficult questions. Awareness has never been more out in the open.  People everywhere are asking what they can do about racial, ethnic and gender disparities and white privilege.  We have a method to begin working on this.

News, social media and personal conversations are filled with talk, argument, and political discussion about race, religion, diversity, gender and equity, we are presented with a unique opportunity to address these issues more openly and honestly than any time in our past.

Epoch Conversation Starter Cards are a thoughtfully crafted deck of cards that use real life statements and situations from educators, adults, teens and children to open up and explore how we think about these issues.

So Much Better Together. With new ways to have conversations we will shift the way we see one another making our interactions personal and meaningful from a place of integrity and respect for the difference we each bring

Subscribe to our Pulling the Race Card YouTube channel to view weekly videos showing how the cards are used.

Equity For All
We all grew up with the same story.  We are all created equal. We all know that this ‘same story’ is not true for everyone and we are doing our part to change this. If we can carve into the cultural thinking just a little, by getting educators working with students from a young age, the impact will be great and long lasting.

Conversation Starters cards are designed to allow us to use these simulations to begin developing capcity around what it takes to engage in deep, transformative dialogue with one another.  The decks are designed to facilitate conversations that we would normally avoid. The goal is to engage from an authentic and compassionate place while practicing and developing skills to respond in difficult situations.


Recognize It: The objective is to get participants to question how they think, feel and believe about the statements. Three standard questions should be considered to prompt the conversation. Answering anyone of these will get the conversation started.
What do I think about when I hear this statement?
How does the statement make me feel when I hear it?
What is my initial belief about the statement?

Interrupt it:  The objective is to practice using a series of targeted questions to dig deeper about  the think/feel/believe and counter the statement thoughtfully to “interrupt” the dialogue in a compassionate manner. Sample “Interruptions” are: Tell me more…; share a personal story that offers a different perspective; or share how the statement made you feel when you heard it.

Repair it: The objective is to come up with actionable steps that people can do to repair and broaden their awareness and understanding as related to the statement.  Listed are three things individuals can do to “Repair It”:

OBSERVE:  What situation can you seek out and/or view that can help deepen your understanding of the situation?

ENGAGE: What situation can you seek out and have dialogue with specific people/professions/races etc. to understand the varying perspectives?

READ:  What specific authors & books or categories of information can you research to expand your knowledge?
Download the free RIR instruction sheet Here  and the free worksheet Here