Want to dismantle racism? Then get comfortable with discomfort.
This is an uncomfortable space. Minorities — particularly Black minorities — do not have the luxury of comfort or the freedom to walk forward fearlessly. Black people in the United States face the stigma of labels, stereotypes, being perceived as a threat, continued educational inequity and a discrepancy of services. Black Americans face highly disproportionate incarceration rates, dropout rates and infant mortality rates, and we cannot ignore the spotlight on the culture of injustice in our nation’s law enforcement system.
This cannot continue.
We must name the discomfort. We must claim the uncomfortable work and persevere through it. Ms. Danielle will be uncomfortable. You will be uncomfortable. But if we are committed to dismantling racism, we cannot allow our discomfort to be an excuse for inaction.
During this session, Ms. Danielle will put the spotlight on discomfort and fear and inspire you to move forward to work against systemic racism.
NOTE: After you complete payment, you'll be redirected to a sign-up page. Make sure you complete the Zoom registration before the session begins so you don't miss anything!
ABOUT MS. DANIELLE
Ms. Danielle is an educator and communicator, fueled by a passion for activism and a natural talent for developing human connections. With over 15 years of experience as a national media personality, Ms. Danielle shared her voice under the moniker “Danni Starr." She hosted a variety of radio programming, is a skilled on-camera interviewer and host, and is the author of a best-selling collection of autobiographical essays titled Empathy and Eyebrows. Danielle brought these experiences and skills with her into the classroom as she embarked on a new vocation as an educator. Currently in her master’s program at Johns Hopkins University, she seeks to be a voice for social justice, an active anti-racist and an advocate for our children, especially those who are forced to view the world through the lens of childhood trauma.
ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR
Adrienne VanZomeren helps oversee our online communities and is a longtime Still Kickin volunteer and pal. By day, she's a clinical psychologist specializing in depression and anxiety, a researcher studying the impact of early life adversity, a professor teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and a yoga instructor. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, which we think is pretty dang cool. By night, she can usually be found watching “Dateline” on the couch with her boyfriend and her 14-year-old German Shepherd.