General admission $108, sliding scale rate $60
This 3-part training series is designed to guide participants in understanding the personal benefit of engaging in anti-racist practices. The series will deepen participants’ awareness of how cultural identity, privilege, and systemic racism have shaped, impacted and influenced our lives; and deepen our understanding of how to build compassionate communities through learning strategies and practices for transcending racism.
Session 1: Deepening our Understanding of Racism & Systemic Bias
This training will identify the narratives that we have been taught, the ways we act them out and the strategies we can use to unpack the social and psychological effects of racism and systemic bias on our beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. Participants will identify how systemic racism is internalized and acted out through microaggressions. The goal of this training is to dismantle the myths, lies, bias and stereotypes that make us a nations of strangers.And deepen our commitment to anti-racist practices.
Session 2: Deepening Equitable Practices & Community Building
Through this training we will identify ways to strengthen community by recognizing and gaining an appreciation for diverse cultural beliefs, values and customs and how we enrich each other’s lives. During this workshop we will share our diverse backgrounds and explore how to be inclusive and respectful of each other’s differences, while finding points of connection. The purpose of this workshop is for participants to gain a deeper understanding of how to create compassionate communities through the implementation of equitable practices that value the diversity in humanity.
Session 3: Transcending the Hierarchy: Becoming a Part of the Solution
This training will deepen participants understanding of how to apply anti-racist practices to our personal, social and professional lives. Participants will revisit the key strategies for transcending racism that were collectively developed in the first series, and discuss how we can utilize them as a blueprint for rebuilding, healing and restoring community so that we can Transcend together.
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Starla Lewis Biography
Starla Lewis is a Global Educator of Self Love. She teaches people how to see themselves, love themselves and use love to address life issues. As a Professor Emeritus, transformational speaker and the founder of C.E.L.L. (Celebration of Everlasting Life & Love) consulting, she lectures and facilitates trainings on life mastery, diversity, racism, sexism, and women’s empowerment. Starla’s 40+ years of research and experience in African American Studies, Oral Communication and Women’s Studies have enhanced her ability to engage diverse communities and inspire people to transform their lives. She is the author and illustrator of Sunkisses, a multicultural/multilingual coloring book for children and adults, and the Co-Author of “I Am: My Own Self-Validation”. Starla Lewis is a seven-time recipient of the Mesa College Teacher of he Year Award, a 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, and was recognized by KPBS as a local hero. In 2019 the San Diego City Council proclaimed December 20th as "Professor Starla Lewis Day". She has dedicated her life to teaching people love and life skills. Through her work she affirms that all people are: “Brilliant, Powerful, Limitless, Love!"