Filtering by: Racial Healing

Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Urban Trauma & Restorative Practices: A Community Dialogue

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Initiatives of Change USA is honored to partner with Dr. Ram Bhagat, Richmond Public Schools Manager of School Culture and Climate on Urban Trauma & Restorative Practices. This is a community dialogue on equity and justice in education featuring a keynote address by Dr. Maysa Akbar, author of Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism.

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Please join us on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6-8pm in the auditorium of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (1000 Mosby Street, Richmond, VA 23223). You can register here for the event as well.

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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship 2020 Webinar

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We are excited to share more about the 2020 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship program with this upcoming information webinar on September 23rd.

In an increasingly polarized society, this unique program, offered in Richmond, Virginia, develops the capacity of community leaders to become authentic trustbuilders capable of overcoming divisions of race, culture, economics and politics. Convening fellows from across North America, the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF) seeks to build multisector networks of facilitators and change agents committed to healing historical wounds, creating new shared narratives and building healthy and racially equitable communities.

Learn all about the program from the Program Director, CTF faculty and alumni and hear about their experiences in the program firsthand through this special webinar. Program applications are open until October 1st.

For more information about the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, visit our website at us.iofc.org/ctf.


ONLINE WEBINAR
Monday, September 23rd
8pm EST
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Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Call & Response

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We invite you to join us for our third Call & Response event on Saturday, September 21st from 3-7pm at Sacred Heart Center (SHC) located at 1420 McDonough Street. Call & Response is a conversation series that rotates to different neighborhoods in Richmond, VA and allows different communities to come together, learn and connect by sharing individual and communal pathways towards healing, equity and justice.

We are happy to continue a partnership with Sacred Heart Center that began in earnest with a collaboration during “Something’s in the Water,” our January 2019 creative event for National Day of Racial Healing. SHC is the leading organization in Central Virginia providing multifaceted programs, services and support systems for intergenerational Latinx communities. Alfonso Perez Acosta, Art Program Director at Sacred Heart, will lead this Call & Response that explores how we build and sustain a “third space” between Spanish and English speaking communities using visual art as a form of expressive facilitation and dialogue. Alfonso will be joined by Silly Genius, a Weaver in our Narrative Change Collaborative, who is also founder of All City Art Club, a visual art collective working to create historic murals that narrate the experiences of Richmond’s Southside communities.

This is an inclusive space that is open to the public and particularly to youth and families. Through participatory exercises, we will create drawings, murals, and other kinds of visual art within indoor and outdoor spaces at SHC that interrogate how we identify ourselves, define notions of history and community, and chart pathways towards individual and collective healing. The artwork created will be displayed at Sacred Heart Center and can also be taken home as tangible mementos of how we can develop trust across social divides that threaten to separate us and diminish our common humanity.

We will also have food, music as well as loads of great conversation. Join us and bring your community folk to take part in this exciting event!

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Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

The Community Remembrance Project

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Initiatives of Change USA and The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is pleased to invite community members across Virginia and the greater Richmond region to attend an informational meeting and conversation about opportunities to participate in EJI's Community Remembrance Project. This project advances a more honest conversation and engagement with how our national history, legacies of racial and economic injustice and inequality, continue to inform contemporary issues today.

The Community Remembrance Project involves three companion projects including Soil Collections, Historical Marker Projects, and the upcoming Memorial Monument Placement Initiative. This is a component of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, located in Montgomery, Alabama, and dedicated to over 4,000 African American victims of racial terror lynching in the United States.

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Mar
19
5:00 PM17:00

Racial Healing Circle Training

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Calling all alumni of IofC's Community Trustbuilding Fellowship & Caux Scholars Program!

Fellows and scholars, this one's for you.

Dr. Ram Bhagat and Rob Corcoran will offer an experiential training for IofC alumni from the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship & Caux Scholars Program in the use of Healing Circles as an additional methodology in their toolkit as social change agents. The process focuses on going deeper into the heart space by sharing our personal stories, listening to the sacred stories of others, enabling us to see our common humanity and to support one another in our journey.

Healing Circles have been used widely as the foundation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s national grantee conferences since 2006 and serve as an important basis for one of IofC USA's grant programs: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. The structure is highly adaptable for different needs and different contexts. The training will run from 6 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, March 19th in Richmond, VA. A light meal will be served at 5 pm. Venue will be announced closer to the date.

Please invite fellow IofC USA alumni from the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) and Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF; formerly known as the Connecting Communities Fellowship Program-CCFP). Please note that space is limited to (14) participants, and there are tiered payment options.

Sign up on our Facebook event page here or our EventBrite page here.

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