National Day of Racial Healing
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to Wednesday, January 20, 2021
National Day of Racial Healing is a day set aside to share truth, deepen relationships and build trust to create a more just and equitable world.
The goal is for residents to participate in healing circles and engage with local leaders who are advancing racial equity.
- Normandale College
- Northwestern Health Sciences University
- Bloomington Public Schools' Office of Educational Equity
- City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission
Monday, January 18, 3 - 5 p.m.
Introduction to strategies for trauma awareness and resilience for cultural competence, racial healing and equity training
- The training teaches attendees how to build culturally competent peace into their lives and communities for racial healing, equity, and justice for all. The training is free; 2 hours of CEs are available for MN social workers, teachers, and nurses for $25.
- Register online
Tuesday, January 19 - Wednesday, Jan 20
Racial healing talking circles
Talking circles are an opportunity for those interested in engaging in constructive dialogue to come together to envision just, truthful and safe spaces for all community members.
- If you do not routinely experience racism, but recognize the traumatic impacts of racism and have a desire to begin to engage in constructive dialogue with others about these harms, consider joining these talking circles:
- If you routinely experience racism, race-based violence, prejudice, or discrimination and want to engage in constructive dialogue with others about these experiences, consider joining these talking circles:
- If you identify as someone who recognizes the traumatic impacts of racism and you have practice engaging in constructive dialogue with others about historical, cultural and structural racism, consider joining this racial healing talking circle:
Wednesday, January 20, 5 – 7 p.m.
This virtual symposium highlights several local leaders' efforts to advance racial equity via short, interactive presentations.
Symposium link (Zoom)
- Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
- Welcome and Remarks by Mayor Tim Busse and Dr. Joyce Ester, President of Normandale Community College
- Session A Presenters
- Tahm Loyd and Amal Mohamed, Bloomington Antiracism Coalition (B.A.R.C.)
- John Parker – Der Boghossian, Equity and Inclusion Officer Normandale College
- Alane Lucht, DC, Professor Northwestern Health Sciences University
- Session B Presenters
- Jonathon McClellan, Hennepin County Race Equity Advisory Council
- Dr. Jenna Mitchler, Assistant Superintendent Bloomington Public Schools
- Sue McKinley, Bloomington Volunteers Connection
- Denisha Richardson, The Beacon Axiome Group, LLC
- Session A Presenters
- Closing Remarks
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