The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) meets monthly generally between the hours of 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Currently meetings are held remotely pursuant to the Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law on March 12, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The meetings are open to the public. and your input is welcome! If you would like to attend one of our meetings (currently held remotely), please contact our Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones at hrc@barnstablecounty.org.  If you need any special accommodations in order to attend our meeting, please call us at (508) 375-6611.

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BYSTANDER INTERVENTION 2.0: CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WORKSHOP

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If you’ve already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you’re looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don’t agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using Hollaback!’s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our “pyramid of escalation” and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We’ll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID19 — and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We’ll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings — even if we don’t understand them or agree with them. We’ll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

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