National day of healing from racism

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January 17, 2023
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Event category: Special event
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How do we heal from racism?

To heal from and end racism, we need to tell the truth about the past and current wrongs and address the consequences created by individual and systemic racism.#HowWeHeal

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we collaborate every January to host the National Day of Healing from Racism in an effort to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where everyone can thrive.

We learn how to talk about racism's impact and how to use practices to guide us on our journey of healing from racism.

We plan a full day of programming that is free to attend and open to all.
Sessions for the day include:

10:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.  Morning guided meditation by Healing by Choice!

10:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.  Welcome

10:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Fishbowl Discussion
Participants are invited to experience a discussion among a group of Wayne State staff and faculty as they explore the impact of racism in their lives.

Emotional support available 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (4 hours)

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Lunch Time - Choose one Self Selected Breakout Room below: 

Room 1: Movement Healing

Room 2: Art Therapy Session (capacity 40) Unity Flags

Room 3: Healing by Choice: Shantell Taylor

Coming Back to The Window of Tolerance

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Title: Talking to the Water Facilitator: Sherina Sharpe

Malidoma Some` wrote, "The purpose of community is to do together what is impossible to do alone." Ritual is one of the fastest ways to bring community together to heal a complex wound. A well-crafted ritual allows us to move out of our heads (overthinking) into a heart space of feeling.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Theatre Performance & Audience Engagement

Performance by the Freedom Players, an ensemble within the Black Theatre and Dance Collective at Wayne State University. Participants are invited to enjoy and take part in an improvisational performance.

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Break

4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Buffet Dinner

5:45 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. Closing remarks and 2024 Save the Date

January 2023