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Newsletter: May 2024 Issue 1

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E-Courses Now Online!

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We are excited to announce that two of our e-courses are now online! The companion courses, taught by our co-founders Dr. Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan, are:

  • Microaggressions: What are they and why are they harmful?

  • Strategies for Addressing Microaggressions

These two courses are the first of six foundational courses we are currently working to make available online. These courses are ideal for small organizations or individuals. You can choose to take each course individually or bundle them and save! To view our courses and to register, visit our e-learning site.

If you are a larger organization of 50 people or more, please email Judy at for more information and a custom quote.


First Session of Unpacking Sexism & White Privilege over Lunch Starting Soon!

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Our new virtual workshop series, What's Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege over Lunch, is beginning May 3rd with the session "It's All Too Much." Join us for this or the following sessions. You can pick and choose which session you'd like to attend or attend them all for $25 each!


Q&A: Talking with Children about Racist and Sexist Language

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We are excited to bring you our very first Question & Answer segment! You wrote in and we answered. Our first question comes from a librarian:

"We have a handful of kids that are making comments...racial and gender slurs...and even worse. It is just a few...but these few are at recess with younger kids who could potentially learn them. We have done a number of books on inclusion and kindness, those different than you are ok...

We will have a staff meeting on the problem soon...any tips for staff in how to handle these when they hear them? Or as a staff how to handle? It should be teaching, not shaming, as we know..."

Head on over to our blog to read our thoughts from Richard Kim and Ilsa Govan.


May is AANHPI Heritage Month

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. The term AANHPI is just one way to represent this very diverse and complex population with the initialism APIDA also used to include the Desi (South Asian) population. AANHPI history goes back to 1587, with the first major wave of immigrants from Asia arriving in the mid-1800s. The month was established in 1990 to celebrate, according to the White House, "the diversity of cultures, breadth of achievement, and remarkable contributions of these communities." Notable Asian Americans from history include Patsy Mink, the first Asian American woman elected to Congress, and activist Grace Lee Boggs (our next issue will include an interview with her niece). Here are some articles to learn more about this vast population:

Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for AANHPI Heritage Month events in the greater Seattle area!


Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month by Visiting My Name Story Exhibition

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Judy Lee, our Projects Manager, will be premiering My Name Story Exhibition, a portrait-video project that examines the AANHPI experience through the lens of names at the intersection of race, gender, and class.

Opening Reception is on May 2nd and there will be weekly events.

Visit the website for the latest details or follow on Instagram.


Dr. Hollins on The Leadership Habit Podcast

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Our co-founder Dr. Caprice Hollins was a featured guest on The Leadership Habit Podcast with Jenn DeWall.

In this episode, Dr. Hollins offers strategies and tools for leaders to engage in difficult conversations effectively.


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It's a new month which means taking a look at our Diversity Calendar to look at significant dates to consider when planning meetings or events to create greater inclusion.

  • 5/01: Beltane (Neo-Pagan)

  • 5/01: May Day (International Worker's Day)

  • 5/02: Twelfth Day of Ridván (Bahá'i)

  • 5/03: Orthodox Good Friday (Christian Orthodox)

  • 5/05: Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/United States)

  • 5/05: Orthodox Easter (Christian Orthodox)

  • 5/05-06: Yom HaSho'ah (Jewish)

  • 5/10: Mexican Mother's Day (Mexico)

  • 5/12: Mother's Day (United States)

  • 5/19: Pentecost (Christian)

  • 5/22-23: Declaration of the Báb (Bahá'i)

  • 5/23: Buddha Day/Visakha Puja/Vesek (Buddhist)

  • 5/26: Haitian Mother's Day (Haitian)

  • 5/27: Memorial Day (United States/Mexican)

  • 5/27-28: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá'i)


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Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events

For details on these and other events, workshops, and conferences happening in the social justice space, visit our Events Calendar. If you have an event you would like us to share, please reach out to us!

  • 5/01: Polarity Thinking Learning Community

  • 5/01: Unspoken Truths: The Lion Tells His Tale

  • 5/02: White Women Taking on Our own White Supremacy

  • 5/02: My Name Story Exhibition Opening Reception

  • 5/02: NAMI LGBTQ+ Support Group

  • 5/03: Anti-Racism Self-Awareness Learning Group for White Folks

  • 5/03: What's Up with White Women: It's All Too Much

  • 5/04: Aware-LA: Saturday Dialogue

  • 5/04: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

  • 5/05: EMBRACE Mental Health for the AAPI Community

  • 5/05: Working for White Racial Literacy & Racial Justice

  • 5/06: Reparations and Climate Justice

  • 5/07: Building Racial Equity: Foundations

  • 5/07: People+Culture: Elevate Your Workplace Practices

  • 5/07: Anima Leadership: Brave Conversations Course

  • 5/07: NAMI BIPOC Support Group

  • 5/07: Cultivating Ground: Foundations in Mindfulness

  • 5/08: Exploring Common Dynamics for Dominant and Marginalized Groups

  • 5/08: Capacity Building Worlshops to Foster Justice & Belonging

  • 5/08: Solid Ground 50th Anniversary Gala

  • 5/09: CARW Monthly Connectiong Circle

  • 5/10: What's Up with White Women: The Role of Goodness in Anti-Racism Practice

  • 5/10: NWIRP Gala

  • 5/11: My Name Story Storysharing Circle

  • 5/14: Conservative Cross-State Organizing

...and more!


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