Teaching For Racial Justice In These Times with Tema Okun & Donna Bivens
Racial justice educators, teachers, and trainers are invited to join Tema Okun and Donna Bivens at Teaching for Racial Justice in These Times: an opportunity to gather and share wisdom with each other through inquiry and reflection.
In this three-hour gathering, we will have an opportunity to consider what these times require of us as racial justice educators, teachers, and trainers. Together, we will address questions like these:
– What do we know now that we didn’t know before?
– How are we thinking differently about how and what to teach?
– What is our responsibility to incorporate somatic and spiritual aspects into our approaches?
– How are we making room for the deep personal work necessary for radical transformation?
– How do we help ourselves and others hold nuance, complexity, and not knowing in a culture that prefers simple answers to complex problems?
We will spend time together considering our teaching and training practices and exploring how we hope to move forward collectively and collaboratively, with transparency and deep mutual respect for each other and our movement-building work.
About the Facilitators
Donna Bivens is a diversity, inclusion and equity consultant and trainer. As Co-Director of Women’s Theological Center (WTC) in Boston for over 20 years, Donna consulted with scores of organizations around the country to facilitate their creation of shared ownership, leadership and benefit across divides of racism and other systemic oppressions. She currently does consulting, training and coaching in collaboration with Community Change Inc. and Greater Good Consulting. Her innovative work on internalized racism has included Loves Herself. Regardless. programs for women of African descent, as well as training and consulting with individuals and organizations. Most recently, Donna’s work at WTC focused on leadership development for working across difference—including spiritual leadership as well as the more commonly addressed problem-solving and facilitative leadership. Complementing other aspects of leadership, spiritual leadership interrupts practices that crush the human spirit and is defined as the practice of living on purpose, in spirit, and for justice. In her consulting work, Donna has integrated the spiritual leadership model into a variety of tools for working across difference, building learning communities, and creating high-performance teams.
Tema Okun has spent over 30 years working and learning alongside organizations, schools, and community-based institutions focused on racial justice and equity. She is white and Jewish, a writer, artist, and poet deeply committed to racial justice and Palestinian solidarity. She is the author of the award-winning book The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010) and is at work on a second book about the stake white people have in racial justice. She is based in Durham, NC, where she has deep ties to and love for biological and chosen family. She is currently pursuing an MFA in writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
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