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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Mindfulness Based Anti-Racism Learning Communities

The Office of the Provost is pleased to offer the Mindfulness-Based Anti-Racism Series for WSU faculty during the 2021-22 academic year. The target audience for the sessions is faculty with a sincere desire to be a part of a learning community around equity and belonging.

Part 1:  The first installation of this experiential series will explore mindfulness-based strategies to foster engaged discussion related to complex topics such as intergroup anxiety and micro-aggressions while being mindful of the impact those topics/discussions might have on oneself and others. In part one of this three-part experience, we will be drawing upon research and the MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) model. This session focuses on developing strategies to identify and address micro-aggressions and helpful ways to approach uncomfortable topics in a workplace setting. Participants will also participate in mindfulness-based practices that promote greater connection, self-awareness, stress reduction, and compassion.

Part 2: This second installation of the series mindfully examines the impact of unconscious bias, anti-blackness, and racism-related stress in the workplace and the world. This training challenges participants to lean into how systemic racism is prevalent today and prepares them to interrogate their personal contributions to systems of oppression.

Part 3: In the third part of the series, participants will investigate equitable approaches for engagement, decision making, and communication. The theme of this session is moving from self-care to community care. Participants will also learn the definition of anti-racism and how to actualize it. Finally, participants will be provided resources to teach others how to enact anti-racist best practices to be applied within oneself, organizations, and communities.

Mindfulness-Based Anti-Racism Training

  • Sessions will take place from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (Pacific), via Zoom. Sign up for Parts 1 and 2; Part 3 meeting will be announced at a later date.

 

 

Program notes

  • Participants will need to commit to take part in three sessions: two in the fall semester and one in the spring.
  • Learning communities are structured to provide support and reflection, and curriculum is designed to address the specific issues related to racism from a holistic and mindfulness based lens.
  • Members of each learning community will be assigned a cohort and required to meet with their cohort group three times outside of the training sessions.
  • Each participant will have at least five hours of homework to complete.