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In Pursuit of Cross Racial Friendship

In Pursuit of Cross Racial Friendship

By Eva Vega-Olds and Jason Sirois

Wondering how to deepen your cross-racial friendships? Listen as two friends choose to take on the cross racial work of racial healing after recognizing that their work friendship wasn’t real at all.

Eva and Jason put their professional diversity, equity and inclusion chops to the test in this weekly series of fun, intentional and sometimes difficult conversations.
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S1 Epilogue: One Year Later...What Did We Learn?
S1 Epilogue: One Year Later...What Did We Learn?
A year after recording their conversations for Season 1, Eva and Jason look back on what they learned and look forward to where they want to go as they continue to co-create their friendship on Season 2. Comments: https://www.facebook.com/In-Pursuit-of-Cross-Racial-Friendship-110036004084547 Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
46:25
October 01, 2021
S1 E12: Where Do We Go From Here?
S1 E12: Where Do We Go From Here?
In this final episode of Season 1, Eva and Jason talk about key learnings and a few strategies for continuing to build their equitable cross-racial friendship.
50:00
July 20, 2020
S1 E11: Checking In, Taking Stock and Owning It
S1 E11: Checking In, Taking Stock and Owning It
In probably their most authentic conversation yet, Eva and Jason take stock of how the first ten episodes of this series have impacted their friendship; has it grown? Or are they still reflecting patterns of oppression?
48:27
July 13, 2020
S1 E10: Two Sides of the Care Taking Coin
S1 E10: Two Sides of the Care Taking Coin
Eva and Jason discuss why they haven’t invited each other over to their friend and family gatherings. Share your comments: https://www.facebook.com/In-Pursuit-of-Cross-Racial-Friendship-110036004084547 Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
31:45
July 06, 2020
S1 E9: Tales of a Cultural Tour Guide
S1 E9: Tales of a Cultural Tour Guide
Eva and Jason reminisce about the time Eva was Jason’s “cultural tour guide” when they went to the movies in NYC. Eva goes on to reveal why the world of theatre, which was a safe haven for Jason growing up, is not necessarily welcoming for all. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
31:01
June 29, 2020
S1 E8: Racial Stress in Social Settings
S1 E8: Racial Stress in Social Settings
Eva and Jason reminisce about some of their social interactions over the years and examine the moments that might have been more stressful than fun. Leave comments here.  Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
35:46
June 22, 2020
S1 E7: The Impact of White Norms
S1 E7: The Impact of White Norms
Eva and Jason continue the conversation from episode 6 to explore how the norms of predominantly white work spaces impact them as individuals and as friends. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
31:31
June 15, 2020
S1 E6: Same Work Space, Different Experiences
S1 E6: Same Work Space, Different Experiences
Eva and Jason talk about the burden of navigating white spaces and specifically what it feels like to not be seen or valued in predominantly white work spaces. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
26:05
June 15, 2020
S1 E5: Holding Space
S1 E5: Holding Space
Eva and Jason discuss what it means to “hold space” as part of an authentic cross racial friendship. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
30:13
June 02, 2020
S1 E4: Unpacking a Racial Moment
S1 E4: Unpacking a Racial Moment
Eva and Jason pause to unpack some of the racial observations they have made over the last week since the murder of George Floyd. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
23:30
June 02, 2020
S1 E3: The Fear of Authenticity
S1 E3: The Fear of Authenticity
Eva and Jason define their visions of a cross racial friendship and share their fears as they embark on their journey to authenticity and friendship. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
21:49
June 02, 2020
S1 E2: From Colleagues to Friends
S1 E2: From Colleagues to Friends
Eva and Jason have fun remembering their first impressions of each other and reflect on their not so real ten year “friendship.” Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend” -- DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
27:58
June 02, 2020
S1 E1: Getting Started
S1 E1: Getting Started
Eva and Jason dive into their pursuit for cross-racial friendship with an exploration of their individual racial stories. Leave comments here. Music: “Thank You For Being a Friend," DJ Jus Ed featuring Alison Crockett; Vocals Written and Performed by Alison Crockett Podcast graphic: www.billnelsondesign.com.
31:50
June 02, 2020
Season 1 Trailer
Season 1 Trailer
Get a sneak peek about what Season 1 is all about.
00:51
June 01, 2020