Curriculum released for “The Third Place: Our Commitment, Renewed”

A conversation and learning session on race, bias, and creating an environment that is welcoming to all

On May 29, we closed 8,000 Starbucks stores in the United States for four hours—so 175,000 Starbucks partners could come together for a conversation and learning session on racial bias.

This was a foundational step in renewing Starbucks as a place where ALL people feel welcome. Starbucks partners shared life experiences, heard from others, listened to experts on bias and racial anxiety, reflecting on the realities of bias in our society and talking about how all of us can work together to create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong.

The full curriculum is now available at

This independently created film by Stanley Nelson, below, is part of the that curriculum. It was underwritten by Starbucks with the intent of educating our partners about the history of access to public spaces for African-Americans. The film explores the impact of bias within public accommodations as well as the possibilities for a better future. The film is integrated into the curriculum and discussion materials that are shared with Starbucks partners (employees).  

Downloadable video here

Related article: Closing stores, opening hearts: Starbucks partners share their responses to anti-bias sessions

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