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Overview of services

Grief extends beyond concrete, past or present loss. It includes fear of (future) loss.

 

My work focuses on supporting people with racial privilege to understand the inherent grief that comes with loss--specifically when losing privilege for the sake of equity. Understanding and addressing fear of loss as the foundation of systemic oppression empowers us to create innovative solutions for tangible change.

DE&I without grief work is a job half done.

Frequently Requested Workshops

Grieving White Privilege

Many White Americans expressly desire equity, but they haven’t come to terms with what they must lose, and grieve, for others to finally experience freedom.

The truth is that when talking about equity, people who’ve benefited from privilege have a lot to lose, which means that they have a lot to grieve. 


 

Both the New York Times and Harvard Business Review have revealed that typical DE&I efforts spark anger and resentment in White employees. Subconscious fear of loss is often the source of that unspecified anger.

 

Moving through the grief of losing one’s norm so that Black people can experience safety, joy, financial security, non-biased medical treatment,  and equitable access to education is necessary. Without doing this work, anti-racist efforts are not as effective.

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Climbing the stairs of failure toward progress

A recent study shared by the Los Angeles Times showed that ⅓ of the American population is “plagued” by fear of failure.
 

Fear of failure is one of the leading causes of anti-racist workshop opposition and disengagement.

 

Willingness to fail is necessary for innovation and success, from exceeding business goals to fundamentally changing racist structures. Most people don’t realize how fear of failure is tied to fear of loss–of relationships, respect, opportunity, and more.  

This workshop inspires participants to embrace failure by seeing it as a step forward, not a fall.

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Beyond Anti-racism: redesigning human identities

The New York Times wrote an article stating that many DE&I programs cause more harm than good by fostering an “us” vs. “them” mentality.

 

Humans have sought to oppress each other throughout time. When systemic racism and White Supremacy are dismantled, another system will take its place. DE&I isn’t just about cognitive awareness of racism’s current impact or understanding America’s history of systemic oppression. The foundation of all forms of discrimination is fundamentally a human issue that spans beyond current conversations, across time.

 

While many DE&I trainings focus on dismantling systemic racism, it is equally important to intentionally build new frameworks to replace the old in order to prevent another oppressive system from taking its place.

 

This workshop focuses on redesigning cultural identities at their core. Participants will re-learn how they view themselves and other people, which sets the foundation to creating equitable relationships.

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Grief-informed anti-racist allyship training program

Interested in offering a transformative professional development opportunity to your employees? 

I create certificate programs and certifications for employers looking to enrich employees' learning. 

Past workshop clients

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Testimonials

Dr. Stephen Murphy- Shigematsu

Professor, Stanford University

Her workshop at Stanford was powerful and full of insight. She's a visionary who integrates her deep personal experience with broad academic and clinical training. I was so impressed that I asked her to co-facilitate a workshop with me.

JM Ponce

Facebook employee

This course articulately deconstruced power dynamics in different kinds of relationships. It also did a great job of succinctly but meaningfully outlining popular misconceptions of power and agency in a way that allowed me to focus on my personal and work relationships.

Tim Fredrick

Managing Director of Education, Youth Communication


 I was very pleased. We appreciate complexity and nuance, which her work is full of--but I'm also impressed with her ability to clearly and compellingly communicate that complexity and nuance. That is a very rare ability. I'm greatly appreciative of that and value it highly!
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