A two-day interactive, virtual conference bringing leading minds from across disciplines together to center ourselves in tools and strategies that advance racial equity, belonging, and healing.
We believe that any solution to systemic racism requires what Dr. King named ‘agape’ and many advocates are calling revolutionary love, fierce love, mercy, radical empathy, and compassion. Mindfulness supports the cultivation of these states of being. We invite you to attend, and to receive a felt-sense experience of these states to enable innovations, solutions, and healing.
The Breaking Bias Summit offers a solution-orientation towards systemic racism by creating a unique forum that moves beyond talking about the problem to focusing on solutions. The Summit introduces you to speakers and approaches that give you actionable tools and skills with a proven record to advance change.
As Anu and his team orient us to the Summit, Elvina Charley will offer a blessing for our time together.
Roxanne will speak about lovingkindness’ role in honoring our connection and combating bias, and mindfulness’ role in challenging assumptions and leading to wise response and wise action.
In this interactive session, Anu will set the stage for our two-day Summit. Why breaking bias? What is the relationship between bias and mindfulness? What does that have to do with systemic racism? And what about marginalization and inequities due to gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, class, and other human identities? Using the lens of his own intersectional human identity, he will contextualize the timeliness of this Summit and the role mindfulness can play in powering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and antiracism efforts across sectors and communities.
In this session, Janna Bilski will discuss how she began the mindfulness and meditation work group at the Ford Foundation and how it's evolved. She'll also discuss mindfulness and meditation as forms of inner activism, as well as the inner drivers of justice, and how mindfulness and meditation can promote justice-oriented qualities of mind and help to reduce qualities of mind that obstruct justice. Finally, she will share initiatives she is involved with (e.g., Mindful on Wall Street, Compassionate Leaders in Finance) that are focused on bringing more mindfulness, meditation and compassion into the financial services industry.
In this interactive and engaging workshop, Alison will delve into deep questions and share about models around the country that have shifted consciousness and created transformative programs to create social change and how we think about harm, policing, and the carceral system incarceration in the U.S..
Susan Jin Davis, Social Impact Officer for Al Roker Entertainment, will address the importance of narrative changing storytelling in media and entertainment that creates opportunities to tell stories that have not been heard and to address bias.
Susan Jin Davis
As Anu and his team welcome us to Day 2 of the Summit, the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis will offer an invocation for our time together.
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Friday's keynote will focus on Systemic Racism, and will be presented by Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Equity Officer & Senior Vice President American Medical Association.
Dr. Aletha Maybank
In this session, TaWanda Hunter Stallworth will describe a collaborative systems design approach to the development of a book series that will serve as the foundation for the Antiracist Development Institute.
TaWanda Hunter Stallworth
In this session, Dr. Sará King and Rashid Hughes will introduce participants to their two frameworks, the Science of Social Justice and the Four Pillars of R.E.S.T. They will discuss how these frameworks serve as catalysts for understanding and uprooting both the internal and external systems of injustice that continue to perpetuate harm in cultural spaces, and also offer practical embodied approaches for using the frameworks as models for healing and care
Dr. Sará King
The session will explore ways that mindfulness practices can be leveraged to advance racial justice. Next the session will briefly review the scientific evidence base linking racial injustice to poor individual and collective mental health outcomes. Following this review, the session will describe how mindfulness practices might protect the mental health of individuals impacted by racism and those seeking to dismantle it. Building on systems thinking, the session ends with unpacking strategies for instigating mindful racial justice work at individual, interpersonal, and organizational-levels.
Dr. Wizdom Powell
Therapy and mainstream wellness culture, including the popularization of secular mindfulness, often conceptualizes mental illness and health from a medical model that is historically rooted in colonial, white supremacy culture and ideology. This paradigm puts the onus of “curing” mental illness upon the individual, and individualizes mental health issues that are then diagnosed, treated, and in some cases, medicated.... As a result, all too often the lived experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and historically marginalized communities are decontextualized, devalued, and pathologized. Though there are conditions when a diagnosis is helpful, mental health and wellness professionals run the risk of causing more harm when their praxis is founded upon a medical model based in white supremacy culture and they do not critically examine their own social locations that inform beliefs and assumptions about what constitutes illness and health. This workshop will explore possible frameworks for healing that intentionally disrupt this paradigm. We will discuss and experience ways of relating to our lived experiences that are based in contemplative wisdom and practice, indigenous worldviews, and anti-racist somatic culture building. We will explore what healing means and what it can feel like when your lived experience is validated, witnessed, and shared from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and healing-centered positionality. We will welcome the collective, ancestral, creative, and emergent as necessary medicine for healing suffering and its causes, and for finding our way toward individual and collective liberation.
Helen H Park
We’re thrilled to partner with two outstanding keynote speakers for this event: Dr Aletha Maybank, Chief Equity Officer & Senior Vice President of the American Medical Association, and Roxanne Dault, Meditation, Dharma, and Mindfulnesss teacher. Check back for more details on workshop leaders and speakers as the event gets closer!
We are so grateful to our Platinum Sponsors, who embraced our vision for an important conference in the community. Without them, it would not be possible at all!
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