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National Day of Racial Healing


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Schedules by Campus:


National Day of Racial Healing at a Glance for January 17, 2023 

Virtual Opening Ceremony – One WSU Program Welcome, Cross-Campus Panel Discussion:

  • Via Zoom
  • 9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • Welcome/Introduction
    • Land Acknowledgement
    • Cross-Campus Panel: “Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation across the Washington State University System”
    • Details about opportunities throughout the day 

Offerings between 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: 

Mindfulness Breaks:
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.: A MESI Approach to Healing in the Honors Hall Lounge
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Yoga at the Elson Floyd Cultural Center 113 & 114
    • Energizing Yoga Poses with Marcia Gossard
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Restorative Yoga at the Elson Floyd Cultural Center 113 & 114
    • *Please bring a mat and water and wear comfortable clothes for light movement*
    • with Anne E. Cox, Ph.D.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Walking Meditation, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU 
Mental Health Virtual Support Space:
  • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • Via Zoom
    • The Mental Health Virtual Support Space provides drop-in, informal, private consultations with a WSU counselor. Consultations are about 20 minutes long and offered first come, first served.
    • Consultations in the Mental Health Virtual Support Space are not formal counseling and are not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment.
    • For students experiencing an urgent concern or crisis, or those who already know they want regular counseling, check out WSU system and campus resources here.
Racial Healing Circles:
  • Why Racial Healing Circles? 
    • Many of us have carried trauma in our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies for centuries. Now, we ask for you to take one day to allow yourself to be open to the idea of healing. It does not signify forgetfulness; it represents a day to feel wholeness! A day to remember the greatness that flows through our blood and celebrate the ancestors who have gone before us!

  • 10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Healing Circle Options
    • Light refreshments will be served!
      • LGBTQIA+ (CUB 204)
      • Native American (CUB L43)
      • LatinX/ChicanX (CUB L37)
      • African American (CUB L38)
      • White-Identifying (CUB 208)
      • Asian American/Pacific Islander (CUB 206)
      • Virtual
University Recreation Classes (Chinook Student Center, Student Recreation Center, and/or via Zoom):
*No prior registration required. Drop-in’s welcome as space allows; space limited. In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk*
  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: STRONG HIIT Class: Combating Racism and Inequality over Zoom
  • 12:10 – 1:00 p.m.: Restorative Yoga: Loving-Kindness Self-Care
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Broadway Dance Class: Hamilton’s “My Shot”
    • Chinook 22
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Boxing Class: The Power of Athletes of Color
    • Chinook 30
  • 2:10 – 3:00 p.m.: Gentle Flow Yoga: The Impact of Community
  • 3:10 – 4:10 p.m.: K-Pop Dance Class: The Asian-American Experience 
  • 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Coug Cycle Class: Spinning for Social Justice
    • SRC 252
Exhibitions at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, WSU Pullman:
Music and Art Events:
  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Drum Circle Performance at Terrell Library Atrium
    • Led by Darryl Singleton
    • Drum circles bring people together. This is the essence of the National Day of Racial Healing. We invite you to put hand to drum to create vibrations that will resonate through each soul in the circle and outward through campus, community, region, and nation.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Writers Give Voice: Book Reading and Open-Mic Poetry Slam at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Pavilion Gallery
    • Join us for an hour of readings by WSU Campus Civic Poets & finalists, creative writing students and faculty, and student editors of WSU creative writing publications.
    • Additional information
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Healing Wall at the Compton Union Building
    • Internationally recognized artist Jiemei Lin will be leading the painting of a Racial Healing Mural live on the main floor of the CUB. Lin is an artist, illustrator and children’s book author whose work frequently takes on issues of identity and social justice.
Mindfulness Presentation via Zoom: Experience Mindfulness-Based Practices that Promote Healing
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
    • Via Zoom
    • Hosted by Trymaine Gaither and Kersten Bergstrom
    • Experience and tap into your well of self-compassion to access self-love of your authentic self and embrace allyship.

Closing Ceremony and Reflection: