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SWFL Workshops Teach How to Be a Better White Ally to People of Color

Dr. David Campt

We’re sitting down with Dr. David Campt in advance of his upcoming workshops on “Being a Better Ally” that seek to help white people learn empathetic listening methods to better hear and engage with racism skeptics.

Dr. Campt is a national racial equity and dialogue specialist. He conducts workshops using his White Ally Toolkit throughout the United States, teaching people strategies for changing attitudes, behavior and group culture through dialogue.

The events are hosted by the Southwest Florida Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. They are on August 3 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at All Faiths Unitarian Congregational Church in Fort Myers, and on August 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.