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On Race and Racism: Going to the Core

October 26, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on October 19, 2019 at 8:30 am

One event on October 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

On Race and Racism: Going to the Core continues the work begun by the Waking Up White course. It is conducted in 3 sessions:
Friday, October 18 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday, October 26 at 8:30 am – 5 pm

Lauren N. Nile, the African-American facilitator, has requested that the course be open only to people who identify as white. She believes that affinity groups provide the safe, non-judgmental environment necessary to dialogue honestly about the issues of race and racism.  The goal of White affinity and People of Color affinity groups is to increase awareness of personal unconscious bias, and thus build greater sensitivity to racial issues.

Lauren will offer and facilitate an affinity group for People of Color in the coming months.

The course addresses thirteen issues. Each issue is presented in the form of a question. Each question is examined through presentations, deep dialogue, journal writing, personal sharing, or meditation. Although the course focuses on racism experienced by Africans and African Americans, other forms of oppression are respectfully acknowledged. Racism is not placed on a “hierarchy of oppression”.

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Cost: The registration fee for this event is $75-95. This fee does not fully cover the teachings. A dana (voluntary donations) may be made at the event, and we encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able. Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. You may contact the event coordinator if you need a full scholarship.


Lauren N. Nile co-facilitated the final session of the Waking Up White course.  The focus of the session was on Non-Violent Communication with an emphasis on communication between people of different races. Lauren is an author, trainer, keynote speaker and retired attorney.  Since 1990, she has conducted workshops for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and Fortune 500 corporations.   Her workshops focused on creating environments in which understanding and kindness are valued regardless of demographic differences.

Lauren focuses her community-based trainings on one topic – the oneness of humanity. The goal of her work is to help the human species mature beyond bigotry and violence through the understanding of our profound human oneness. She believes that wisdom and compassion result from that understanding.  Lauren is deeply committed to help all people see the Divine in themselves and themselves in each other.



October 26, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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