Group Coaching for Anti-Racist White Leaders
This group coaching series is intended for white people who want to work together to unpack
ways that the notions of white supremacy live deeply in our bodies, and ways we perpetuate systems
and values that reinforce it. We will be asked to sit in the discomfort of our own racial bias, noticing
our bodies' reactions and our internal monologues around the brutality of racism. This practice
of working with our discomfort better prepares us to interrupt racism and reclaim our own humanity.
We will be approaching this work with curiosity and compassion for ourselves and each other.
Why group coaching?
This process allows us to work with the collective "energy, experience, and wisdom of individuals"* to break the isolation
and individualism of white supremacy culture. It provides an opportunity to notice the patterns and similarities that we hold
and can now practice holding communally, with a coach reflecting back and asking questions to move towards the group goals.
(*Ginger Cockerham, Group Coaching: a comprehensive blueprint)
What will we work on?
Identifying how we can work to interrupt racism by unpacking ways we maintain the status quo and impede progress.
Articulating why the fight for racial justice is personal, so that we are grounded in our values, humanity, and wholeness.
Increasing our awareness and compassion for our wounded parts so they do not hijack our antiracist work.
Building stamina for racial stress so that we better tend to our fight, flight, or freeze responses.
Breaking the isolation that hinders white anti racist work by collaborating with other white people.
"My greatest learnings from this process was a reaffirmation to take a moment in times of stress and difficulty to check in with myself to notice what is really going on with me, to trust my own wisdom, and to know that I do not need to respond to any particular situation in the way that the dominant culture (or the group or organizational culture) expects. A posture of care, curiosity, and continuous learning is a great way to face the world. The body is always speaking to me in helpful ways. I greatly appreciate Hillary's wisdom, courage, and intuition in working with a diversity of personalities with great care and compassion. I learned a lot about seeing that of the divine in each person as I watched her work."
- Walter Hjelt Sullivan, Director of Quaker Affairs, Haverford College
"What I gained overall from this group coaching was learning that the barriers of recognizing racism and...in fighting against it, that those barriers are not external. They are within me. I learned that I don't have to become someone else or move to a different planet in order to be anti-racist. I just have to be me and use my strengths."
-Elissa Goldberg, Program Director, Drexel University