What if I'm afraid to talk about race and other differences?
You know what? So is almost everybody else! That means we really need to learn how to speak consciously, from the heart, and armed with facts. For that we need training, awareness of our own biases, and the ability to see another’s point of view.
I don’t blame, shame, or guilt students into learning. It wastes time and energy that we need to undo the work. So I’ll provide a few audio meditations to help you work on those feelings outside of class.
We didn’t create America’s racist or sexist systems, but we’re the only ones who can do something about it.
What if I unintentionally say something racist or sexist?
Then you’ll be called in, not called out. That means that as the facilitator, I will focus on the comment, not the commenter. I will clarify with you what was said and what was intended. I’ll explain why the comment was offensive, and invite discussion from the group so everyone can learn from it. We can talk about hard topics without making people feel bad. I expect you to listen, understand, and own the impact of your words without excuses.
I'm not white. Why should I take a course on racism?
Learning to talk about race and racism is not just a white thing! Having personal experience with racism doesn’t mean we know how to have effective discussions about race with non-black people. Join us and add to the discussion!
I'm not a woman. Why should I take a course on feminism?
Feminism is not only for women. If you believe that men and women should be treated equally – equal pay for equal work, equal opportunity for advancement, equal maternity/paternity leave, equal body autonomy, etc., then you’re a feminist. If you want to explore how that’s impacted by race and racism, then join us!
How do your live courses work?
Once you register, you’ll receive access to the classroom, where you’ll find the course syllabus, the schedule, and the link to the live discussion. After each 1 1/2 hour discussion, you’ll receive the agenda for the next discussion as well as your homework to prepare for the group meeting.
Did you say homework?
Yeah. There’s no way to cover everything in a 1.5 hour discussion. You will be required to watch videos, read articles, and pay attention to your daily life so that we can get to undoing the work.
Luckily, the resources I have gathered are interesting and varied. But it’s on you to do the work between classes so we can dig deep during class. At the end of the course, you’ll also receive a list of other resources to continue your journey.
What are self-paced courses?
Those are courses without the live meetings. You can access them anytime, day or night. They include a combination of video instruction, downloads, links, quizzes, and examples.