Beyond the Culture of Separation

Gregory Mengel

Beyond Separation: Whiteness and the Embodiment of a New Story, 8 week online class, January 28- March 18

*Despite being committed to social justice and knowing some of this country's history, is there a part of you that was/is shocked at the disturbing images and realities of the attempted coup at the nation's Capitol?  

*Have you been engaged in anti-racist work and long to deepen the conversation, your commitment, and anti-racist community building?

*Are you wanting to support your BIPOC friends in these times and unsure of how to be with them?

* Are you longing for a compassionate community to take your next steps in educating yourself about the history, harms, and internalization of racism and White Supremacy?
* Are you concerned that you don’t know enough to speak up or show up effectively?

Resilience and capacity-building are the antidotes to White Fragility.  It is essential that we come together to learn how white supremacy functions. We must do the work that is needed to stay in this work for the long-haul. At Beyond Separation, our intention is to hold space for White people to learn about racism and process our reactions together, so that we can build our collective resilience and anti-racist stamina. This will help us avoid expecting Black and Brown people to teach us about their oppression or to support us emotionally when we are upset by the realities of racism. We work to help White people embody, deepen, and energize their anti-racist work across all levels of engagement - personal, interpersonal, cultural, institutional, and structural.

We believe that white people coming together to build trust, share stories, and be real in regards to our whiteness is an essential step in the long journey to collective healing, accountability, and liberation.


In this highly interactive online 8-week class, we use multiple learning modalities, including multimedia, mindfulness, and a variety of movement and improvisation-based activities to create a supportive learning community. We unpack the old stories of Whiteness that inform our society and our personal lives, and begin to imagine a new way of being human together. We believe real change requires more than changing our individual attitudes or reforming our laws and institutions (both of which are necessary). Creating a racially just society will also require changing the implicit beliefs, mental models, and cultural narratives that shape our attitudes as well as our institutions.

Course Facilitators: Elana Isaacs and Angela Sevin (bios below)

When: 8 consecutive Thursdays, January 28 thru March 18, 2021
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (PDT)

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*Because this work requires trust-building, we request that participants commit to attending all eight classes. Missing more than two classes will impact community learning.

**Please consider paying as much as you are able in order to support this work. We have partial scholarships and payment plans available.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to TGI Justice Project, whose mission is to support black trans leadership and safety, in California prisons and beyond.