Programs

An Anti-Racism Course for White Women:

Raising our Consciousness and Building Stamina and Skills for Racial Justice and Equity

There is an awakening consciousness of our unjust systems that oppress, exploit, criminalize and terrorize Black, brown, Indigenous and other racialized peoples. White people, who benefit from this unjust status quo, can and must be a critical part of efforts to end this oppression. I am committed to this, and am offering an opportunity for others who identify as white to awaken to your unintentional complicity in the system and learn how to, and practice being, anti-racist so that you can be useful in this movement.

 

I invite you to be a part of the rising consciousness and change for racial justice and equity.

 

If you are interested in starting with yourself to make a meaningful difference, please join me and other committed white women for six 90-minute sessions, in which we will increase our awareness as a group, elevate our personal consciousness and engagement in this work, and gain skills to talk about racial equity and take anti-racist action in our daily lives.

 

What to expect

Together, we will work to understand the system, how we are unintentionally complicit, and how we can disrupt ourselves and others. We’ll do this by learning new paradigms, uncovering hidden dynamics, practicing compassionate inquiry, self-reflecting, envisioning, and conversing with each other while grounding ourselves in the process with mindfulness, heartfulness and somatic awareness. We’ll use short readings/video and our own experiences as content. Perspectives and lived experiences of racialized individuals and groups will be included as part of the content.

 

Why have a group for only white women?

In patriarchal white settler cultures like the U.S. and Canada, white women are located in a position of potential tension in the historic and present caste system, between white men and racialized people. I say ‘tension’ because white women make conscious and unconscious choices to live in and navigate the current structure – choices that have an impact on others in the system.

 

And, equally important, Black, brown, Indigenous and other racialized individuals have historically been burdened with doing this work, of educating others on systemic racism. Instead of placing more burden on others by asking them to continue to explain and justify, we will read and learn ourselves from the plethora of resources that already exist.

 

Who this course is for: white women who are committed to racial equity and are willing to do the work to overcome internalized racism and harmful habits that perpetuate white dominance and systemic racism.

 

Who this course is NOT for: white women who want to learn about racial equity but are not willing to do the internal and external work required to show up as anti-racist.

 

Critical personal qualities required for this work include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Courage
  • Self-reflective awareness
  • Humility
  • Sincerity
  • Openness and a growth mindset
  • Ability to self-regulate (for example, monitoring your talk time)
  • Capacity to change harmful habits when notice them
  • Care deeply about justice, equity and humanity
  • Loving-kindness and compassion to self and others
  • Willingness to take anti-racist actions

 

Course details

Six weekly 90-minute virtual Zoom sessions, over one and a half months, with up to 12 white women.

 

Upcoming course

Fall 2020: Wednesdays: Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28. Timings: 4-5:30pm PT  /  7-8:30pm ET

 

Cost: We want to ensure that everyone who wants to take this course can, and offer a sliding scale.

  • Sliding scale $200-$450/person (if $200 is too much, let us know & we can work something out!)
  • 10% of revenue goes to, and is shared with, two organizations: The Innocence Project (innocenceproject.org), a U.S. non-profit that exonerates wrongly convicted individuals and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice, and Indspire (indspire.ca) a Canada registered charity that provides funding for Indigenous young people in Canada pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Professional Rate – $450: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage.
  • Full Rate – $325: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent.
  • Subsidized Rate – $200: for those who making ends meet is a challenge.
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