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From What?! to What If?

October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


In this fall workshop series, we will breathe fog on the lens of White Culture, invisible to many white people, organizations and neighborhoods. We’ll learn how cultural traits embody values, how values color observations and reinforce bias — as well as the history we never learned in school, and methods of observing and communicating to allow a fuller perspective to emerge. These conversational methods can be used across any line of difference – whether in seeking to understand people of different races and cultures, or with those least like us in our own extended families. We will also look for the seeds of a renewed culture that we would like to cultivate in our own lives, work or other communities – including actions to join, support or create. All Bryn Mawr residents are welcome; however, this series is envisioned as a space for white people to do the foundational work to be a stronger partner for interracial dialogue later.

The series will begin with four weekly sessions of 90 minutes each. The entire package is sponsored by the BMNA at a cost of just $40 per person, with scholarships available. Those who complete the four week training can continue for free in two additional group coaching sessions supporting their next steps. Additional coaching can be arranged for groups or individuals that wish to continue without the BMNA subsidy. The course requires 12 participants to run, and is limited to a maximum of 24. Registration is available at HERE. https://www.bmna.org/racial-justice-workshop/

September 29 – What’s Going On Here? Seeing the blind spots of dominant culture
October 6 – What Happened Here? A dive into history we weren’t taught
October 13 – What Did You Mean? Listening, Seeing and Sensing for a fuller perspective
October 20 – What Are We Seeing? Discerning seeds of cultural renewal
Week of October 27 – What If? Small group coaching for crystallizing actions, coalitions and prototypes (scheduled by group)
Week of November 10 – What Now? Small group action coaching (scheduled by group)


October 27, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm