Beyond Diversity 101
Nov 1-5, 2015
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Beyond Diversity 101 intends the healing transformation of personal relationships, community living, and organizations based in power-over dynamics and systematic discrimination. Participants are offered ways to move beyond assigning blame and increasing guilt so they can take responsibility, shift mindsets, and build useful skills. Participants will:
- Rigorously examine the dynamics of difference and power;
- Move beyond the oppressor/victim framework toward a new model for transformation — real change within, real change without;
- Develop applications for continuing work at home;
- Become more honest about this work and see where we get stuck; and
- Recognize how our spiritual lives relate to our work toward social justice.
For more about Beyond Diversity 101, visit www.beyonddiversity101.org.
Niyonu Spann has worked with organizations throughout the country to increase diversity and strategic effectiveness. Niyonu designed and facilitated the first BD101 Intensive in 1999. There have since been an additional 21 intensives hosted in the US and Canada. Niyonu brings over 25 years as an organization development practitioner. Her work is now focused on root-level transformation – for individuals, organizations, and communities. A member of Chester Friends Meeting (PA), Niyonu served as dean of Pendle Hill. She is also a trained meditation teacher, singer-songwriter, and founder and director of the musical performance group Tribe 1. For more information about Niyonu, visit www.niyonuspann.com.
Lisa Graustein first attended BD101 in 2003 and became the first BD101 co-facilitator in 2008. She is a high school teacher with 17 years of experience and holds a Masters in Education in racial justice education. Lisa works with schools in the greater Boston area on issues of school equity and student voice. A former Young Friends Coordinator for New England Yearly Meeting, she is an out lesbian, a mom, and a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (MA).
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Bodyworkers Amanda Godwin (below, left) and Kevin Greene.