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National Day of Racial Healing


Schedules by Campus:


National Day of Racial Healing Agenda for January 17, 2023 

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

Opening Ceremony Zoom Link:

  • 9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • Welcome/Introduction
    • Land Acknowledgement
      • Vice Provost Zoe Higheagle Strong
    • Cross-Campus Panel: “Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation across the Washington State University System”
      • Moderator: Lisa Guerrero, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, WSU Pullman
      • Robert Franklin, Department of History, WSU Tri-Cities. Franklin is Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Hanford History Project, where he focuses on preserving the physical history of the Hanford Site for the Department of Energy and is co-author and co-editor of ECHOES OF EXCLUSION AND RESISTANCE: Voices from the Hanford Region.
      • Julian Ankney, Department of English, WSU Vancouver. Ankney is a Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) scholar and social justice activist. Ankney studies Indigenous feminism using the oral traditions of Nimiipuu and also explores digital literary tools to tell Indigenous stories
      • Lois James: Lois James is an associate professor in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, where she focuses on bias, stress, sleep, and performance in “high stress” populations such as police officers, military personnel, nurses, and top tier athletes.
      • Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong: PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is a tenured Associate Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She is recognized as an Inclusive Excellence Scholar in Residence. Dr. Nguyen-Truong is a Fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, American Academy of Nursing, and the Coalition of Communities of Color Leaders Bridges – Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute. Dr. Nguyen-Truong’s research areas include culturally specific, disaggregated data; immigrants and marginalized communities; community-based participatory and community-engaged research; parent leadership and early learning; and diversity and inclusion in health-assistive and technology research including adoption, and anti-racism.
      • Shayla Reid, a third-year medical student, has dedicated herself to health equity and caring for marginalized populations, both close to campus and around the world.
    • 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
    • This interactive mindfulness workshop will focus on the MESI process of “Notice It, Name It, Now What” through awareness, choice, empathy, and compassion related to racial healing.
    • Mary Kay Patton and Joe Hewa are faculty in the Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership. They are part of an initiative to engage the WSU community in developing Mindful Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) to promote whole person thriving for students, staff, and faculty.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Yoga at the Elson Floyd Cultural Center 113 & 114
    • Energizing Yoga Poses
      • Join us for an energizing yoga class with Marcia Gossard.  She will teach a series of poses to invigorate and rejuvenate mind and body.  The class ends with poses to foster deep relaxation.
      • Marcia Gossard (CIYT, E-RYT-200), a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, began teaching at the Moscow Yoga Center in 2001. Originally from the Palouse, she earned her doctorate from WSU in Environmental Sociology in 2004 and is currently the Director of Communications and Marketing for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and hiking with her husband and son.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Restorative Yoga at the Elson Floyd Cultural Center 113 & 114
    • This yoga session will include gentle, restorative poses mostly seated or lying down. We will create a space for rest, for opening, for imagining, for joy, and for being in community.
    • Anne E. Cox, Ph.D., is a Professor of Kinesiology at WSU and has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training in Anusara yoga. Her research and practice lies at the intersection of mindfulness, embodiment, and self-compassion and answers the question, “How can I feel good moving in my body?”
    • *Please bring a mat and water and wear comfortable clothes for light movement*
  • 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.
    • Zoom link:
    • 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.
    • Mental Health Support consultation is best suited for students who are:
      • Interested in talking to someone about a specific problem
      • Unsure about counseling and trying to figure out what it’s like to speak with a counselor
      • Not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor on a specific issue
      • Interested in learning more about what campus resources are available to them and how to access them
    • The Mental Health Support consultant will carefully listen to your concern and ask you some brief questions. Once your problem and goals are clear, the consultant will offer suggestions and resources depending on your needs.
    • 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 at:
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 with Josie and/or Dani
      • Native American
        • CUB L43 with Joelle
      • LatinX/ChicanX
        • CUB L37 with Elvia
      • African American
        • CUB L38 with Charice
      • White-Identifying
        • CUB 208
      • Asian American/Pacific Islander
        • CUB 206 with Dom
      • Virtual
        • with Zak (CAPS)
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*
  • 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”
    • Instructed by JJ
    • Chinook 22
    • In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Boxing Class: The Power of Athletes of Color
    • Instructed by Katie  
    • Chinook 30
    • In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk
  • 2:10 – 3:00 p.m.: Gentle Flow Yoga: The Impact of Community
    • Instructed by Mindy 
    • Join via in-person at SRC 256 or YouTube livestream
    • In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk
  • 3:10 – 4:10 p.m.: K-Pop Dance Class: The Asian-American Experience
    • Instructed by Tony  
    • Join via in-person at SRC 256 or YouTube livestream
    • In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk
  • 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Coug Cycle Class: Spinning for Social Justice
    • Instructed by Hannah  
    • SRC 252
    • In-person access free, non-members only have to sign in at the front desk
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. The act of drumming is not just cathartic for the individual; we are reminded of our connection to those around us and how beautiful life can be when we interact from a place of collaboration and support rather than confrontation and self-centeredness. 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. Students are encouraged sign up at the event to share a poem during the open-mic portion, which will conclude the event. Copies of selected poems from the canon will be available to read, as well as work from WSU’s Visiting Writer Series authors and Blood Orange Review / LandEscapes / EcoArts on the Palouse contributors. In collaboration with the Holland Terrell Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), the event will be accompanied by a letterpress printing of the poem A Small Needful Fact by WSU Visiting Writers Series author Ross Gay. “A Small Needful Fact” by Ross Gay was originally published through Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.
    • 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.:
    •  Hosted by Trymaine Gaither and Kersten Bergstrom
    • Using Mindful Self Compassion Break and How to Treat a Friend, you will experience and tap into your well of self-compassion to access self-love of your authentic self and embrace allyship.
    • Zoom

Closing Ceremony and Reflection: