Level Up

/ˈlevəl əp/

When a person or people (typically in a video game) has earned enough experience points to acquire a new level in a skill or skills. This is often is accompanied by the ability to wield new weaponry, access new places, or begin new assignments

#LevelUp your Culture, Community and Conversations! We would love to partner with you and consult on how to integrate the TTT model to benefit your organization, school or business!

Touchy Topics Tuesday is always willing to collaborate with your organization to offer customized programming. 

What They’re Saying

I think the benefit of TTT is opening oneself up, feeling kind of raw and exposed, and I wonder how that would feel within my own community. The most significant change in my way of thinking has been to check my knee-jerk reactions and to hone and clarify my own ideas and beliefs. I think that I have become more aware of my own assumptions, more apt to look for better understanding with groups I would (as a knee-jerk response) normally be opposed to and also, as a result, more  disciplined and clearer in how I articulate my ideas.

Johnelle Lamarque, Ph.D.

In TTT I have found the joy of finding connection with other human beings and the frustration of trying to accommodate them. There is the thrill of understanding and the foreboding realization of inadequacy. I get  both the satisfaction of helping others and the humbling dissatisfaction of needing help. TTT is a mirror in which I can glimpse myself that is at once clear and blinding.

Chip MeyerOwner of Caliber Communications LLC and TTT Legacy Contributor

TTT has caused me to connect with a sense of meaning or something bigger than myself. This weekly gathering elicits a sense of “mindfulness” in that I often stop and deliberately think about my thoughts, my purpose, my actions, and my responses in the work that I do and the journey that I am on to dismantle racism, particularly in the education system.

Anthony NealPresident/CEO Educational Equity Consultants and TTT Legacy Contributor

Participating in TTT has given me insights that I can share with others in my other circles, and in my case that is mostly white folks.  I have also become more prepared and likely to take action or speak up when I see a racially charged situation.  I speak often with others about racial injustice to let them know where I stand. I participate in a community group and a church group fostering diversity and equality.  My participation in TTT gives me a safe place to discuss my perspectives and hear from others and also to receive reinforcement and support for other activities in which I engage.  

Kathleen Martin

It has been a life changing experience for me to participate in TTT.  It is through this process that I am able to continue my own personal social justice journey as we openly explore racism and white privilege together.  The culture of the group enables me to be myself, learn from my new friends, and reflect on my day-to-day actions, thoughts, and relationships. For me personally it has helped me have the heart and will to continue to lead social justice work in our community

Sarah RissFormer Webster Groves Superintendent, Advisor-Alliance for Interracial Dignity and TTT Legacy Contributor

Through TTT I have learned that I know how to have one conversation with someone across our differences. I know how to lead a room through exploring difference but neither of those things are the thing that I have been learning at TTT. At TTT I am learning to have sustained conversation with people that I don’t always agree with. I’m learning how to regulate myself. I’m learning how to challenge myself and others with the intent of getting back together next week for more. This process of sustained interaction in light of our differences is the mechanism that allows me to disagree and recognize the humanity of those that I may not agree with at a deep, undeniable level.

Dewitt Campbell III, MSW, CDFT

I have participated in TTT for nearly a year.  This group experience has been more profound than the many antiracism workshops and seminars in which I participated over 25 years as a university professor.  Tiffany has a gift for leading the group into discussions that help us to see how little white people are able to understand of Black peoples’ day to day and historical experience.  She has attracted a range of Black and white people and has created an atmosphere where we white people can speak honestly and vulnerably about our biases and obliviousness, and where the Black people can safely say what white people have been unwilling to hear and have generally been hostile to.

In addition to the discussions of “touchy topics,” Tiffany has valued and facilitated a comradery and fellowship among all the people.  We have socialized and met each other’s families, and friendships have developed.  This is truly unique and wonderful, given the usual degree of segregation in our region.  Her emphasis on confrontation of difficult issues while in enduring relationship is the key to TTT’s success.

Donald Morgan Psy.D and Active TTT Participant

You know a model is working when in keeps growing. Before long, a Webster Groves group

emerged and now a third in the Central West End. A pod cast is in the works. Dear to my heart

is another TTT off-shoot she conceived entitled Revealing Our Humanity. This is a collaboration

that brings together citizens from a given neighborhood and the police officers that serve them

to help create conversations that will build relationships as they see their common humanity in

each other.  Tiffany is a woman with a vision. Vision of how the world can be ……and has developed a

system to help get it there…one revealed and opened heart at a time.

Gerry Rauch, RN, LMT and TTT Legacy Contributor

Tiffany is extending herself on a personal level through her own vulnerability and authenticity in each encounter. She is bold and outspoken, and at the same time she is warm and generous in spirit. She will check in with individuals who are struggling and rejoice with those who are growing.

Tiffany has developed TTT with an identity that extends to contracted agreement of involvement…the reach of her generosity is material as well as spiritual.

Deborah Bohlman Teacher Webster Groves School District and Active TTT Participant

The development of TTT is monumental:Though TTT’s format is intentionally free-flowing, Tiffany has developed some helpful structure, including a weekly recap and continued online conversation on a private Facebook page, a set time each week for the meetings, and some strong suggestions about attendance (ie, try to be there each week, especially when you made an ass of yourself the week before. don’t give up on us or yourself). She is experimenting with some additional structure and I am excited to see how it goes. We also have swag now! I love the TTT branded items that she gives away and that we can purchase.

Johnelle LaMarque Ph.D and Legacy TTT Contributor

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