We are in times of great
It is time to awaken with
anti-racism education (AWARE©).
Once we begin this learning
journey, we can participate in communities in a new way
central to cultural respect.
There are many layers
of learning, which does not
happen with one workshop.
It is an ongoing exploration
that calls us to engage fully with
one another to know more
about our own humanity.
AWARE© Educational Offerings
Each organization will be evaluated after needs assessment goals are identified. This one-year program is designed for your organization to become AWARE© of ongoing systemic
changes locally, nationally and globally. It is strongly suggested that AWARE© not
be a mandatory education, but co-workers make their own choice to participate in
the learning. After the completed assessment, your organizations' leaders will
begin learning through the 3 Stages of AWARE© led by
Nan Moore, AWARE© Focaliser
(participants from a not-for-profit organization)
"Nan Moore has led our organization through a remarkable 10 month process with such skill and care helping us navigate some very sensitive and, at times challenging issues. The resources she provided were invaluable as well as the prompts for meetings that had us take responsibility for our own growth. This is truly just a beginning, but to have somebody to hold our entire organization to account over the last 6 months has made a significant difference in keeping this very important work in the forefront."
~ CEO and Founder - Fiona Jensen ~
"Nan's understanding of the issues regarding DEI combined with her gentle nature in navigating people's sensitivities allowed us to explore, and openly face many long held perspectives. The resources she suggested made allowance or a breadth of learning styles and time constraints. I have attended both her workshop on White Privilege as well as participated in monthly board discussions on topics that were informed by questions and homework supplied by Nan; as a result I come away feeling far better equipped and comfortable to engage in the work of equity & inclusion."
~ Board Member - David Troutman ~
"I want to thank you for your leadership and for bringing AWARE to the board of Calmer Choice.
Under your guidance, we have been encouraged to learn more about our nation through readings,
videos, and discussion. I now have a more honest view of our nation, both where it was and where
we are going. I also feel informed and empowered to observe with more nuance and, as such,
I have participated by using my voice in my community"
~ Calmer Choice Board Member - Nancy A. ~
"I was fortunate to participate in a multi-part White Privilege workshop that AWARE focalizer Nan
Moore facilitated in 2020. Nan created a brave space for those of us with privilege to confront our
whiteness, share our histories, and set an anti-racist intention. As a Licensed Certified Social Worker
in Massachusetts, I had done some of this work before; Nan set the stage for me to go deeper and
learn more about history, my colleagues, and most importantly, myself."
~ Paul N. Melville, MSW, LCSW, Mindfulness Instructor ~
"It has been an incredible growth experience for me to participate in the White Privilege workshop
and 10-month AWARE program led by Nan Moore. This program provided important educational
resources, frameworks for self-reflection, and a safe space to thoughftully dialogue. As a Mindfulness Instructor and member of Board of Directors at Calmer Choice, there was a deeper bond with
co-workers and colleagues created through this perspective widening process. I have benefited
greatly from my work and the work of my peers."
~ Paula W ~
Program Creator and Focaliser
I am Nan Moore Focaliser of AWARE©, Awaken
With Anti-Racism Education. The role of
Focaliser is to work with groups focusing the
mind and heart energy together in community.
When we “wake up” we change ourselves and
then we can have a positive impact on those
around us, encouraging others to wake up as well.
It is my belief that the magic of learning happens
in community. We have the ability to dissolve
racism and transform our consciousness to
embrace the the HUMAN RACE. My anti-racism teachers were leaders from a large youth
community of Young Religious Unitarian
Universalists over a span of about 15 years. These leaders were between the ages of 14 and 25. As teachers, young people offer clear ways to see,
hear, and feel with fresh perceptions sharing their personal experiences, while embracing raw honest emotions. The education I received from these
young people was focused on social justice,
systemic injustice, linked oppression, and most of
all the ability to be uncomfortable enough to learn
and change. I began the journey as an older white woman, 3rd generation American who learned
about racial prejudice through the eyes of being
white privileged, middle class, and raised in both
rural and suburban environments. The inspiration
from youth and young adults changed how I
experience relationship in the world. In addition
to this youth learning, the experience of many
years as a hospice chaplain also contributed to
my learning. I now have the ability to hear about suffering, feel the pain of injustice and see the
damage in the roots of oppression. I am grateful
that I awakened with anti-racism education and my
hope is you will become "AWARE©" as well.
Starting Point for
White superiority is at the core of racism in America.
It is important for all of us to learn about invented
racial constructs in both world and American history
and today, which created systems of inequality.
Stage 1 is the time to tell our own stories and share
our insights of personal, racial, and cultural bias.
Stage 1 begins with white people who were born in the United States. They will learn of their personal heritage, ethnicity and identity as a white person who was born into a white supremacist American culture.
Stage 1 is the first step for white people to begin learning from other white people openly. The purpose is to hold a space for truth telling, so that racial prejudice and social conditioning can be recognized with sincere honesty.
It is not the responsibility of black/brown, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to teach white people about racism in America.
Stage 1 is where white people begin to take responsibility to learn about racism through group education and independent learning.
The GOAL in Stage 1 workshop series is to learn about what white identity is; what prejudices were learned; what ideas stuck with us due to conditioning; and how white supremacy has affected all of us.
When we become conscious through respectful listening we can then let go of the fear that we may "say the wrong thing". It is time to listen, learn, speak up, and say something. Respect is the core principle learning and when we become AWARE© , then we experience unity.
STAGE 2: After white people learn about white identity then the working
community comes together to
listen and learn about one another
Respectful listening, storytelling, and common definitions are the core practice in Stage 2 of the AWARE© process.
A questionnaire is provided so the Focaliser can get an understanding of the entire community as it informs self identity, inclusivity of ethnicity, heritage, environment, and culture.
The group retreat experience focuses on challenges as well as successes and hopes that can be imagined.
Retreat participants envision what an anti-racist organization feels like and what steps can be taken to create a new found cultural of respect in the workplace.
At this point the group makes a collective decision whether or not to move forward to Stage 3 and commit to further deepen AWARE© learning. TESTIMONY
For ten months, my organization has prioritized AWARE
(Awaken With Anti-Racism Education) moments at
all of our internal meetings. AWARE focalizer Nan Moore
provided us with a plethora of resources to explore between
meetings and thoughtful questions to encourage meaningful
sharing and discourse between colleagues. This experience
helped me to deepen my understanding of my own privilege,
to increase my empathy for those with less privilege than I
have, and to strengthen the trust and camaraderie amongst
staff and board members as we move deliberately along this
challenging path of confronting our whiteness and building
a more culturally humble culture.
~Paul N. Melville, MSW, LCSW, Mindfulness Instructor~
AWARE© Moments for Meetings
STAGE 3: Monthly homework
and AWARE© Moments for
In Stage 3 your organization participates in an
ongoing self directed learning experience.
Each month all members of the organization, including the board, staff, educators, interns, social workers, engineers, artist etc. will participate in self learning.
There will be one specific topic each month with list of homework options. Each list will include a combination of articles, podcasts, documentaries, films, news interviews, testimonies, talks etc. Participants choose which option is best for their personal learning style.
One of the homework assignments will be mandatory and usually consists of a documentary or audio visual piece.
Each group will be given an AWARE© Moment to incorporate into onset of one of their monthly work meetings. For example hold a 15-30 minute discussion on a specific topic related to the homework.
It is suggested that the AWARE© Moment be scheduled at the beginning of meetings to prioritize and avoid dropping the discussion in favor of other agenda items.
At the end of the year, the organization is asked to consider developing an AWARE© leadership group to continue the education and initiate community collaborative projects chosen by the new organization leadership team.
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