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4 Virtual Learning Sessions plus 6-month Racial Affinity Group Experience
For this learning path, you will participate in the 4 virtual learning sessions and be enrolled in one of three Racial Affinity Groups:
1) People who identify as People of Color (Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic)
2) People who identify as Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial
3) People who identify as White
*More specific affinity groups may be formed upon the completion of course registration
We believe that it is important to do our own work with people with similar racial experiences to build capacity for cross-race dialogue that supports authentic relationships and deep belonging for everyone. We will ask you to self-select into the group that best aligns with your racial identity. We recognize that for some this is not a simple choice and we are available to have a conversation with you to support your selection.
Together we will:
Reflect personally and collectively on the impact of embodied trauma, separation, scarcity and disconnection.
Work in learning partners and/or small groups for the sake of holding each other accountable and deepening our learning through multiple disciplines.
Engage in embodied practices for unwinding from the impact of racism in order to build stamina, capacity, and resilience.
Where: Online Zoom Sessions
Time: 11am-12:30pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*
When: 5-Sessions scheduled between Sept 28, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024 (see below)
*All sessions will run from 11am-12:30pm ET.
Racial Affinity Group Schedule
Thurs, September 28, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET
Kick-off/ Authentic Communication
Thurs, November 2, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET
Unpacking Our Racial Autobiographies
Friday, November 17, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET
Thurs, December 7, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET
What is Sustainable Abundance?
Thurs, January 25, 2024 — 11am-12:30pm ET
Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.
These four learning sessions will provide you with a new view and innovative framing of the problem as we see it. Below is a brief description of what will take place in each session:
Learning Session 1: Why Context Matters In session one, we look at our individualist narratives and the impact of not understanding the context in which we exist.
Learning Session 2: Unpacking Trauma In session two, we discuss individual and collective trauma. We define trauma and look together about our current systems of inequality and how they evoke trauma-like responses in so many of us.
Learning Session 3: Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson In session three, we get a history lesson like none other: we explore the global slave trade as the foundation for our current economic model.
Learning Session 4: Understanding Power In our last session, we examine power; power structures, our relationships with personal power; the importance of learning a healthy relationship with power when so many of us have had power abuse in our lives.
Where: Online Zoom Learning Sessions
Time: 11am-1pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*
When: 4-sessions scheduled between Sept 21, 2023 – Jan 18, 2024 (see details below)
*All sessions will run from 11am-1pm ET.
Learning Session Schedule
Thurs, September 21, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET
Why Context Matters
Thurs, October 26, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET
Thurs, November 16, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET
Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson
Thurs, January 18, 2024 — 11 - 1pm ET
Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your modular program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.