Beyond the Culture of Separation: Whiteness and the Embodiment of a New Story
This 8-week class, presented as part of Impact Hub Oakland's Pathways2Justice series, uses innovative and interactive learning modalities to inspire white people to take an authentic and compassionate stand against white supremacy. We will learn about interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels of racism, understand the cost of racism to our personal and collective well being, experience an encouraging & supportive learning community, and be motivated to engage with other white people in our work places and communities.
Elana Isaacs, Gregory Mengel, Angela Sevin
In partnership with Impact Hub Oakland's Pathways2Justice series.
When: Wednesday Nights 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Jan 11 -Mar 1 (a committed 8 week class)
Note: Registering for the Jan 11 class signs you up for the whole series.
Where: Kehilla Community Synagogue
Tuition: $450-$275** To arrange alternative payment (i.e. check or paypal) please contact email@example.com.
Accessibility: There is physical movement integrated into the curriculum. We will do our best to design and accommodate our activities to meet all body types and abilities. Please see our accessibility page for more details. Please see Kehilla Accessibility page for information about the space.
Refund Policy: If you cannot attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 1 day before the first scheduled class. Full refunds will be given only with 24 hour notice. Afterwards, a service fee will be charged.
What participants say:
“I cannot recommend this course enough. Gregory, Elana and Angela are excellent facilitators and taking this course has been fundamental in opening my eyes to the realities of race and identity.”
“The takeaway for me has been immense. I literally feel as though I have woken up. I now have a much better understanding of institutionalized racism, how it came to be, how it manifests in absolutely every aspect of life, why it persists and most importantly, what my place in it all has been and is. The class and the teachings have rocked my world..."
For more, see our website: beyondseparation.net
*We believe that, as white-identified people, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about racism. In addition, coming together in a white-only space can enable us to be more honest about feelings and experiences that might otherwise be held back out of embarrassment or fear of causing pain to people of color. Honest dialogues about race among white-identified people also disrupts the white social norm that ordinarily discourages us from having these conversations.
**Please consider paying as much as you are able in order to support this work. We have a limited number of partial scholarships available.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS:
Elana Isaacs is a white, queer, cis femme, Jewish, upper-middle class raised, performing artist, national consultant, trainer, and facilitator with extensive experience custom-designing equity, embodied leadership, and team development programs for businesses, non-profits, and schools. She works with organization leaders and staff to guide social and racial equity goals using Systems and Design Thinking and modalities such as Applied Improvisation to address implicit bias. Recent clients and partners include Toyota, TechInclusion, Urban Habitat, College Preparatory School, Bill Baren Coaching, School for International Training, Institute for Creative Integration, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alameda County Healthcare Services and San Leandro Juvenile Justice Center. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy and Education. She is also a Senior Consultant with The Justice Collective.
Gregory Mengel Ph.D is a white, gay, cis male, working class raised educator and writer committed to social, racial, and ecological healing. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He studies philosophy, history, and cognitive science to unpack the stories that shape our collective realities and apply those insights in the service of a more just and vibrant world. In addition to Beyond Separation, Gregory teaches Untraining White Liberal Racism through the UNtraining and serves on the teaching team for White and Awakening in Sangha at East Bay Meditation Center. Gregory’s writing can be found on his blog, CosmologyofWhiteness.blogspot.com as well as the Huffington Post.
Angela Sevin is a white, cis female, middle class raised educational consultant, facilitator and visual artist. Passionate about racial equity and stewarding the world we inhabit, she works holistically in collaboration with cutting edge leaders, developing solutions with and for resilient communities. After earning a graduate degree in Experiential Education, she helped start and run several small democratic schools, co-designed the groundbreaking Pathways to Resilience re-entry project and directs the Green Life environmental literacy and self-sufficiency peer education program at San Quentin. She encourages people from all walks of life to come together and share their hopes and desires as well as sorrow and despair about the condition of life here on our planet home. Since the mid 90s, she has worked toward creating educational environments inclusive of social change ideals and activist principles balanced with individual empowerment. By embracing differences compassionately, facilitating others (including herself!) to discover their passion, and with a unique focus on collective wisdom, Angela envisions a future where creativity and learning are nurtured in a way that integrates sustainable and regenerative ways of being.