Developing Racial Pattern Recognition Skills to Undo Racism

This session will introduce the concept of “racial pattern recognition” as a frame to help learners detect systemic issues related to racism and oppression. Join us as we continue to discuss effective strategies to teach justice and equity issues without shame and blame. Humans are born with basic pattern recognition skills which allow us to … Continued

Teaching Racial Justice Without Shame or Blame

Using road-tested, trauma-informed strategies developed over 25 years, this cafe will argue that psychological literacy is a key part of what is missing and could strengthen racial and social justice work. Ideas from this session will draw on the newly revised edition of “Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Achieving Racial Justice”, by Shakil … Continued

The Roots of Rumi: Cultural Celebration vs. Appropriation

Join host Annahid Dashtgard and guests as with the advent of Nowrooz (Persian New Year) on March 21, we explore the fine line between celebrating diverse cultures vs. appropriating them. With guests Khashayar Mohammadi, Persian poet, author of upcoming poetry book Me, You, Then Snow, and Professor Emma Lind, leader of Decoding Race for White Leaders course. … Continued

Black History Month: Between Pride and Protest

This cafe explores how Black History Month both helps and hinders forward movement for the Black community. Senior Facilitator, Mahlon Evans-Sinclair and guests, Akilah Hamilton, Parker Johnson and Jessica Oddy, take stock of where we are, how we got here and how we move forward while building collective capacity and courage. What are the common … Continued

Post-Election Debrief: Leadership for this Age of Discord

In this episode Shakil Choudhury and guests, Judy Rebick and Parker Johnson, take stock of where we are, how we got here and how we move forward while building collective capacity and courage. The US is in a political crisis due to unclear election results. What is clear is that US democracy is broken, with … Continued