Healing in Community: Dismantling Systemic Racism

A two-day conference for those in mental and behavioral healthcare, education, youth services, faith, government, activism, and the broader community. All are welcome!

Join us for our sixth annual fall conference as we once again lift up the voices of people of color and indigenous people while challenging the common misconception that white people have no stake in dismantling systemic racism. Learn from Resmaa Menakem how the effects of white body supremacy reside in all of our nervous systems and how body-based healing approaches help us identify and respond to racial trauma in our daily lives and workplaces. Explore with Robin DiAngelo common white racial patterns that thwart equity and how to shift them. Our dynamic group of healers, scholars, activists, spoken word artists, and faith leaders will offer tools to become more effective advocates for justice and healing within and between our communities.

We are in the process of applying for 13 hours of Continuing Education Units from the MN Boards of Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, and Counseling Psychology.

Healing In Community speakers, panelists and spoken word artists include:

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
Resmaa is a healer, trauma specialist and author of two books, including My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (September 2017). His work has been featured MPR News, Oprah and The Dr. Phil Show.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Robin is a lecturer, trainer and author of three books including White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism (summer 2018). Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Vanessa Jackson, LCSW
Vanessa is a scholar, author, activist and owner of Healing Circles, Inc. She offers an Activists Assistance Program to provide politically conscious and clinically sound counseling and healing workshops to Atlanta-area feminist/queer/social justice nonprofit organizations.

Jason Sole, MS
Jason is a former drug dealer, gang member and three-time convicted felon, as well as the author of From Prison to Ph.D.: Memoir of Hope, Resilience and Second Chances. He is currently a professor, trainer and the president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

Andrea Jenkins
Andrea is a queer, black, transgender artist, organizer, and activist with over 25 years in public service. She is a prominent leader in the LGBTQ movement for equity in Minnesota and nationally, and a candidate for Minneapolis City Council Ward 8.

Dr. Laiel Baker-Dekrey
Laiel is the training director and a staff psychologist at the Indian Health Board in Minneapolis. Her work in the community focuses on decolonized and indigenized approaches to healing individual, collective, generational and ancestral trauma.

Dr. Richard Lee
Rich is a professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he engages in community-based research with an emphasis on race and ethnicity. The practical applications of his work include bias-interrupting protocols used to promote workplace equity.

Imam Makram El-Amin
Makram is the head of Masjid An-Nur in North Minneapolis where his work extends beyond supporting those who call the mosque their spiritual home. He does a range of advocacy work in the neighborhood and broader community to promote cross-cultural understanding, immigration reform, home ownership, and civic engagement.