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Compassionate Conversations on Race and Culture
March 25 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Facilitated by Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, Michelle Nikfarjam, and Jose LaSalle
Dates: Saturdays, 2:00-4:00 pm on March 25, April 1, April 8, April 22, April 29
In this 5-week series of 2-hour workshops, we will explore issues of race, culture, and white privilege through story-telling, activities, art, music and conversation. We hope to deepen our exploration to include an examination of institutionalized racism, intergenerational trauma, and internalized oppression. In the process of exploring these issues our goal is to achieve a new level of self-awareness and cultural competence as we learn to get more comfortable interacting and connecting with people who are different from us in a variety of ways.
Conversations and activities will be designed to engage people in conversations and exploration of topics they may have previously avoided, by creating an atmosphere of trust, curiosity, and openness. The goal is to open our minds and hearts in community, and practice compassionate listening, authentic sharing, and genuine learning and growth for everyone involved.
We hope to actively shape the workshops around the needs of the participants as these needs emerge. Participants may join one, several, or all of the workshops. Each workshop will be different, and each will build upon the previous experiences. Facilitators will invite questions and feedback at the end of each session, so as to incorporate suggestions and needs of the participants.
Cost: Love Offering requested for use of space and cost of materials; registration is required; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register