2016 Program: Transformative Justice
We must change how we envision and practice leadership, especially given changing demographics and the current political environment. This session provides safe space for people of color at Facing Race to explore transformational leadership practices that center healing and wellness. Participants will unpack their experiences as organizers, advocates, artists, funders and cultural workers; using the creative process to reimagine their lives and their leadership. Healing from the ways we’ve internalized racism is imperative in our efforts to fight for racial justice and equality. Too often, this crucial work is not prioritized in racial justice spaces. SiOP and SpiritHouse will encourage people to build their own communities of practice to sustain and strengthen their effort to heal from and fight against racism. Through the arts and storytelling, we examine why we cannot end structural racism, and the ways racism is embedded into the fabric of our culture, without simultaneously eradicating internalized oppression. This highly participatory session will support participants to develop a shared vision for transforming self and society. Participants will leave with tools and practices and personal action plan for moving forward with more impact and sustainability.