If you are a white person wanting to deepen your commitment to and skills in your practice of racial justice: welcome.
Applications for the 2019 Winter Cohort Close In
head + heart
custom + collective
being + doing
insight + application
refuge + dojo
100% of former cohort members recommend this course.
The first cohort of 2019 kicks off January 28th.
All previous cohorts have sold out. Now is the time.
This experience is designed to help you:
- speak up about injustice more often and more effectively
- engage other white people with more compassion and more tact
- be more heart driven and active in your practice of racial justice
- hold YOUR whiteness more responsibly so you cause less unintentional harm to others. This program is not about “racism.” It’s about your personal white conditioning and learning to handle it in more racially just ways.
- connect you to a network of similarly committed and wonderful white people working to be better stewards of justice in their lives
“First and foremost the path of liberation is about being one hundred percent accountable for who and what you are.”-Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Hope is hard to find right now.
It can be hard to find a learning space in which people of color don’t have to be the teachers, do the emotional labor, or sit with our confusion and defensiveness as we learn. A learning space where love is centered over shame and guilt. That gets to skillsets and soulsets. That still challenges people who have been doing racial justice work for a long time. Where there is space to make mistakes and learn and grow, while being held in accountable compassion. Where opportunities for practice lead to real change.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."-James Baldwin
Who this program is built for.
It is about YOUR whiteness and how you hold it, not about racism, or diversity, or other people.
- white folks who have had previous experience in racial justice/identity development spaces. This is not a course for people new to anti-racism work. (laura will be releasing a course for folks just beginning this work in the fall.)
- white folks who are committed to doing deep inner work on their own whiteness. This program will not focus on an outside problem or other white people. It is not about consumption of knowledge. It’s not about acquiring information. It will put your whiteness and how you relate to your whiteness in the learning seat. It is a study of, practice in, and commitment to learning to handle your whiteness responsibly.
- white folks who want to be in community with other white folks and are willing to learn a a new way of being in community. This course will call you to decenter shame and put down policing and patrolling as a way of interacting with white people. And to center love. Learning a different way of being in community together as white people is a central component of this program.
- white folks who understand we are talking about white supremacy and not racism. And are comfortable, or willing to get comfortable, using that language. White supremacy calls the problem what it is, and puts the ownness on us as white people (instead of on people of color) to solve the problem that we created.
Who is laura?
Because we all deserve to feel whole. To take up space. To get free – from the status quo of shame and disconnection and separation (aaaaand patriarchal, capitalistic, heteronormative, white supremacist culture). We deserve that in our own life, and in and for the world.
That sort of liberation takes deep inner work, and it can lead to BIG outer change – in our lives, our relationships, and in the world. But the work is hard. It’s edgy. It’s essential for justice. And it’s the work I specialize in: taking people deep into the practice of radical courage and self-love, as an act of resistance – and as a path to collective liberation.
None of us are free until we’re all free. I’m so honored that you’re here, and to do this work beside you.
If you’re curious about my professional background, you can check that out here. You can also see some of my recent training in racial justice and the teachers I work with here. And there’s always here.
If you’d like to know a little bit about my personal story, you can give a listen here. (Cliff’s notes: I know a ton about love and courage because I spent most of my life – and relating to my whiteness – in shame and fear.)
The Course & Community
This course will give you space to go deep into you and into the ways your white conditioning affects your relationships, your identity, and how you move around in the world. Expect lots of deep thinking.
In each call, you’ll get a splice of curriculum/direct learning + a unique opportunity to be coached as a group, and to receive and/or witness 1×1 support.
Change is difficult. Your community members will be like gym buddies – folks all working to strengthen their muscles, all championing one another in the process. You get to ask for feedback, or help, or support. And you get to give all of that too. Our liberation is all tied together – so we’ll do this together.
The Program WHAT
- See whiteness, white conditioning, and white supremacy more clearly in your life so that, ultimately, you can choose actions, behaviors, and habits that support liberation.
- Speak up – more often, with more heart, and with more self-compassion – about injustice.
- Center love in your conversations with other white people.
- Learn a new way of being with other white people in this work, grounded in compassion and understanding, instead of control and comparison.
- Work on the fears that hold you back from showing up more fully in racial justice and have opportunities to practice stepping outside your comfort zones in a space designed to hold you lovingly while you learn.
- Transform your relationships.
- Be fueled by – and fuel – an intimate community of white people all committed to making change in their lives and in the world.
The Program HOW
- Participation in this program is selective. It requires an application and is limited to 35 participants per cohort.
- The program is a 2-month commitment, learning experience, and community of support.
- We will meet virtually over Zoom for 120 minutes each, for a total of 5 sessions. All calls will be recorded.
- Participation includes a custom 17-Days-of-Practice Challenge, where laura will help you develop a unique-to-your-development challenge that will stretch your skills in areas you most need a stretch (ex: responding to other white people more effectively).
- There will be a post-call reflection that serves as your ticket into the next call and holds you accountable for putting learning into practice.
- laura will hold an office hour every week throughout the program just for members of the group. You can come for extra coaching, to ask questions, to get help, or simply to be in community as others ask questions.
- Upon acceptance, you’ll receive an invitation to a private Facebook group to fuel relationships, accountability, inspiration, and learning. At different times, you’ll be invited to share reflections to specific questions connected to program content, assigned a custom challenge for your development in racial justice, or asked to share insights. Other times, the experience of being in community will be just that: learning to experience intimate, vulnerable community based on connection instead of comparison, and compassion instead of performance. You can ask for feedback, support, accountability, challenge, love, or help at any point, and at as many points, as you wish during the program.
How to Hold Whiteness: Course & CommunityApplication Required; Limited Availability
- Tuition and curriculum.
- Five group learning sessions (over 2 months).
- Weekly office hours for personalized 1×1 support.
- A Custom 17-Day Challenge to push your development, uniquely.
- Access to a private Facebook group and community.
- 5 scholarships available.
When will the calls be and what if I can't make some of them?
- Monday, January 28– 3:00-5:00pm EST
- Monday, February 4 – 3:00-5:00pm EST
- Tuesday, February 12 – 3:00-5:00pm EST
- Tuesday, February 19 – 3:00-5:00pm EST
- Wednesday, March 6 – 3:00-5:00pm EST
With 35 cohort members per cohort, it would be impossible to find a time that works for everyone’s schedule. All calls will be recorded so that if you can’t attend calls in person, you have a recorded back up. While live call participation is not required, watching the call recording and completing post reflection is required. For folks interested who can’t make the calls, you’ll miss out on a certain intimacy and community of our group coming together and the opportunity to engage deeply in small groups — that’s definitely something to keep in mind that the recorded calls can’t offer you. And, we’ll also have our Facebook space for community.
Will there be other cohorts in 2019?
- Winter 2019 Cohort: January 28–March 6
- Spring 2019 Cohort: April 1–May 8
- Summer 2019 Cohort: July 1–August 14
- Fall 2019 Cohort: November 4–December 17
How is this learning experience different than other programs or books out there?
Is this virtual?
Why are the calls recorded?
What if I've already done a Cadre or coaching/speaking work with laura? Will this be different?
Why is this about white supremacy instead of racism?
How can I gauge if I’m ready for this experience?
- The willingness to do deep, inner work. This is not a course about racism out there; it’s a course about your white conditioning and how YOU relate to it. The curriculum is not based on deepening your knowledge of words and concepts; it’s about taking you deep into your relationship with whiteness, power, your relationships, your fears and helping you unlock critical reflections that may make you say ouch for the purpose of truly impacting your ability to contribute in healing and liberatory ways to racial justice.
- Vulnerability. You must be willing to be perhaps more vulnerable than you’ve ever been in a group with other people, for 2 months start-to-finish.
- Previous experience and learning in anti-racism. This course is not a space for folks new to conversations or inner work around white supremacy, power, privilege, and systems of oppression. laura will be releasing a learning experience for folks new to inner work in racial justice in the fall.
- 200% commitment. laura will select 40 participants who are agreeing to show up fully for 2 months, and commit to the learning requirements of the course, which include a post-session reflection as a requirement for attendance in the next call.
The application questions will help you further evaluate whether this experience is right for you, as will the interview, itself.