Racial Healing and Equity
An Adult SEL-based approach to Racial Healing & Equity
Healing in education? Absolutely. We must heal. Healing is a natural process; it serves our resiliency and our wellness. Healing is restoration - it restores us to wholeness. You cannot serve from a place of wholeness if you have not done your own work to serve those that are relying on you to be whole in order to best serve them.
Healing is not only personal growth, it is professional development. If you work with children and are in service to others, it becomes even more imperative. If we work in service of others, especially as a leader, then healing is part of our own professional development and moral responsibility to those that we serve because:
You can not teach what you do not embody.
Tovi's Approach to Equity Work
In today's world dynamics, we know that the issues of race are becoming more and more pervasive in our lived experience. Race plays a role in our leadership and our teaching, whether intentionally or not. In our work and in our lives, race shows up and is mirrored back to us in our overall sense of “equity and inclusion” - whether we are exploring this critical topic from being a person of color or not…
Why a focus on racial healing? Because our leadership lens is often reflected by our overall relationship to “whiteness.” Whiteness refers to “a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed.” Our schools operate in whiteness. Being raised in this society, whether a person of color or not, we are impacted by these very "sets of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed." Thus, a large focus of my approach to equity work explores how we must embrace race & our lived experience with whiteness a part of our work in order to be more impactful and effective in getting the outcomes we want with our students and families – and colleagues. How do we embrace the potential and/or lived reality of the discomfort of all of this? How might we extend an invitation to ourselves to heal? This is some of what we will explore together…and engage in deep reflection of how this impacts our embodiment, our leadership, and our lives.
The blessing is that in my more than 25 years as being a leader of equity, I have cultivated both the emotional/relational competencies and the technical skills to support, coach, and develop them in others. In my workshops, dialogue is always compassionate and direct - that is why participants get results. This is work I am deeply committed to and have done enough of my own inner work to be able to meet this work with the grace, compassion, and kindness that is needed to grow others in this critical aspect of our leadership development.
Again, we cannot successfully transform our schools until we have successfully transformed ourselves.
“Mindful Allyship: An Intro Course for
Heart-felt Racial Healing”
First in a series of offerings for Racial Healing Allies
4-Week Introductory Course
July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22
1 - 3 pm (PST), 3 - 5 pm (CST), 4 - 6 pm (EST)
20% of proceeds are donated to
Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully
In this live, online e-course, we will deep-dive into the inner work of racial healing. We will investigate how racism operates in us and through us, explore the systemic nature of racial oppression, and develop racial literacy for more effective engagement on this difficult topic. We will incorporate readings from leading racial justice advocates. Throughout this intellectually and emotionally rigorous course, mindfulness, meditation, and a variety of other healing exercises will sustain us throughout our work. Participants will engage in deep conceptual learning, interactive exercises, personal reflection, and dedicated small group exploration. Join us to become an empowered racial healing ally in your school, organization, community, and beyond. You will be provided with a workbook and journal; you will be asked to purchase one text for the course. With successful course completion, you will receive an anti-bias training certificate and the option to earn continuing education units (CEU’s). NOTE: This course is designed to hold a shared container for all of us; it is not an affinity course.
Utilize the foundation of mindful awareness necessary for this work
Explore individual racial identity
Understand and recognize :
Become racially literate in order to improve ability to talk about race and racism
Develop ability to challenge negative/harmful racial thoughts and behaviors
Connect with a caring community of people committed to racial healing & justice
Accept the ongoing nature of this work and a path to continue your journey
Anti-bias Training Certificate
Logistics of Introductory E-Course
This deep-dive introductory course will follow a weekly format of reading, our live virtual session of 2 hours, and an Ally-Pod group session of 1 hour. Your Ally-Pod will have ~4 members and will be given a format and prompts/activities each week. Your Ally-Pod will be assigned during Session #1, where you will get to exchange emails and select your first meeting date. You can expect to invest at least 5 hours weekly for 4 weeks in this work.
If you miss a live session, you may listen to the recording which will be available for 5 days. This timeline is to intentionally keep you at pace with the group and your Ally-Pod.
Course includes a workbook. All participants also have life-time access to the private Racial Healing Allies FB Page - a community of like-minded equity warriors engaged in "the work" where healing conversations, compassionate debate, thought-partnership, sharing, and resources are highly encouraged. All participants will earn an Anti-Bias Training Certificate upon completion of post-survey.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - more information coming soon.
There are no refunds. You may use the amount towards a financial credit in a future Racial Healing Ally offering.
QUESTIONS? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your growth and development in this course will be skillfully and compassionately held by the following facilitators:
I thought that Tovi's practice and norms allowed us to voice some of the factors holding back the conversations with African American Families. The structure of the discussion allowed teachers be reflective on their bias toward these conversations and begin to plan on how to grow in this area.
Learn the “Sacred Pause” as an emotional regulation and competency tool
Other services that can be customized with a Racial Healing & Equity lens include:
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