Deep Diversity Book Launch: Fireside Chat with Loretta Ross 

How do advocates and allies of the anti-racist movement work towards a more just society?  What does it mean to integrate, inner and outer, psychology with power? How do we place love and compassion at the centre of our actions and create call-in culture?

In this intimate session, racial justice leader and elder Loretta Ross (author of upcoming Calling In the Calling Out Culture) will join Shakil in exploring the evolution of the anti-racist movement from a culture of shame and blame, towards a more compassionate and inclusive approach, keeping racial justice work at the centre of the conversation. Join us in this powerful wisdom session to help us celebrate the launch of Deep Diversity.

Shakil Choudhury

Educator, Consultant, Author

Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator, consultant and author with more than 25-years experience in the field of racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. He’s the author of Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Racial Justice. Written in an accessible, storytelling manner, many have called Deep Diversity a “breakthrough” book on issues of systemic racial discrimination due to its non-judgmental approach that integrates human psychology with critical race perspectives. He is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, and coaches executive teams and facilitates intergroup conflict resolution.

Loretta Ross

Activist, Professor, Public Intellectual

Loretta Ross is an internationally-recognized women’s rights and human rights leader. She is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights, and her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. Ross is the co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. She has written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism and is a member of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices.

Title:  Deep Diversity Book Launch: Fireside Chat with Loretta Ross
Host:  Shakil Choudhury
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:30pm (ET)

Anima Café Instructions (downloadable PDF)

This session is the first in a series of three Fireside Chats over the coming months, exploring the themes of Deep Diversity with leaders in the field. 

For individuals: Enter our Monday Book Giveaways through @AnimaLeadership on social media to win a free copy of the book!

For Organizations: Join the Deep Diversity Bookclub by ordering more than 50 copies of the book and invite Shakil to give a one hour presentation (pro bono) this fall. Limited spots available, on a first come, first served basis, so contact us before October 29th and schedule now! *Proof of purchase required.

Pre-order your copy of Deep Diversity here!

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Session 1. Love in the Time of Corona: Building Community During Crisis

Session 2. Minding Mental Health: Building Resilience from the Inside Out

Session 3. Making Meaning in Troubled Times: A Critical Leadership Capacity

Session 4. Finding hope in uncertain times: Courageous Leadership for Shifting Systems 

Session 5. When Things Fall Apart: Grief as a Leadership and Life Skill with Vanessa Reid

Session 6: Crisis and Transformation: The Feminization of our Leadership Paradigms with Judy Rebick

Session 7: Challenging anti-Black Racism in Organizations with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Anima Leadership and Parker Johnson, Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant.

Session 8: Challenging anti-Black Racism in Organizations – Part Two with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Anima Leadership and Parker Johnson, Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant.

Session 9: The Conscious Use of Power in Crisis with Special Guest Julie Diamond

Session 10: Back to School: Self-Regulation, Trauma and Equity Perspectives with Karen Thomas and Nick Radia

Session 11: Diversifying Organizations, Leading Inclusion: Tales from the Trenches with Nicholas Davis, Angela Russell and Tobie Mathew

Session 12: Why Leaders Should Use the “F” Word More Often: Rising Authoritarianism in a Trumpian Era with Shakil Choudhury

Session 13: Post-Election Debrief: Leadership for this Age of Discord with Shakil Choudhury, Judy Rebick and Parker Johnson

Session 14: Black History Month: Between Pride and Protest with Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Akilah Hamilton, Parker Johnson and Jessica Oddy

Session 15: The Roots of Rumi: Cultural Celebration vs Appropriation with Annahid Dashtgard, Khashayar Mohammadi and Emma Lind

Session 16: Teaching Racial Justice Without Shame or Blame with Shakil Choudhury

Session 17: Developing Racial Pattern Recognition Skills to Undo Racism (Teaching Racial Justice Without Shame or Blame, Part 2) with Shakil Choudhury

Session 18: A Transformative Model for JEDI Leadership (Teaching Racial Justice Without Shame or Blame, Part 3) with Shakil Choudhury