Black Lives Matter Roundtable Series – December 2, 2020, 7 – 9 pm ET

“And My Heart Starts Pounding”: Undoing systemic racism – find, notice, listen, show up fully, love — and repeat.

Undoing systemic racism takes new awareness, creativity and commitment. Join Jessica Motherwell, professor and long time UU, as she shares an antiracism exercise she’s honed with students and groups across the country. Her creative process helps identify issues of systemic racism and open a path towards right relations. During this workshop, Jessica will lead participants through a creative visual narrative process using stick figure comics to explore what undoing systemic racism might look like.

Come prepared with a Crayola or Sharpie marker that can make thick lines (pen and pencil marks are too thin), a blank piece of paper, and an open heart & mind. Don’t miss this meaningful workshop. Together we will bravely answer the invitation from our pounding hearts to show up fully in spaces where white privilege and racism are flourishing.

Jessica Motherwell McFarlane, Ph.D. has been teaching in the disciplines of gender, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for nearly three decades. She received the 2016 Teaching Excellence award for her work at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Jessica has been acknowledged for offering creative and innovative methods that are especially useful when working with difficult or emotional content. She regularly offers workshops for learners who are Elementary to University ages and presents at provincial, national, and international conferences. Jessica is Director of Life Outside the Box Institute which offers customized programming — often using simple stick-figure comics – to help learners embrace anti-racism practices, work toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, overcome implicit biases, and listen deeply to others’ stories. Jessica is also a counsellor in private practice for children, youth, and adults. 

Please note that if not enough registrations are not received by November 18, the event will be canceled and registrants will be notified.


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