Client Highlights – Fall 2020

Reflecting on Recent Engagements & Preparing for a New Year

This fall we partnered with a range of clients to bring our transformational healing approach to hundreds of first-time participants, including multiple new offerings!

Latino Network’s Unid@s for Oregon Cohort IX 
Working closely with Latino Network’s Unid@s outgoing Program Coordinator, Joaquin Lopez, and incoming Program Coordinator, Linda Jaramillo, LJIST designed an online experience for this year’s Unid@s cohort of Latino leaders from across Oregon. We presented our Getting Listened To session and Centering Relationships for Systems Change virtual workshop (formerly our Transformational Relationships workshop) in October and our new Stopping the Cycle of Oppression virtual workshop in November. Even with her experience as a recent Unid@s grad and member of Cohort VIII, Linda Jaramillo exclaimed, “I’m in awe. I don’t know how you do it!” While not the same as the annual in-person retreat, we powerfully built community while bringing our core racial healing theories and practices to life in the virtual space.

UC Santa Barbara Campus Community Council
We were excited to reconnect with UC Santa Barbara’s Campus Community Council to deliver our Centering Relationships for Systems Change virtual workshop (formerly our Transformational Relationships workshop), supporting the CCC in their social justice leadership. One participant said, “I appreciate Nanci’s calm and reassuring answers to the groups’ questions. I appreciated having the body breaks and the eye breaks. I also appreciated the behind-the-scenes team as I imagine they must have worked very hard to set up all the technical details that made the workshop run so smoothly.

Marion Polk Food Share
We officially launched our year-long partnership with Marion Polk Food Share, a non-profit organization in Salem, OR, that is committed to bringing people together to end hunger and its root causes. As part of our on-going engagement, Food Share staff will have access to a variety of LJIST offerings including our growing library of On-Demand Webinars, our new Getting Listened To session, Virtual Workshops, and facilitated meetings. As one kick-off participant noted, “I’m excited to get started and I appreciate the theme of healing that you bring to this work.” You can learn more about this amazing organization and our new partnership in their Partner Profile.

Survivor Alliance
Through a long-standing relationship with Survivor Alliance (SA) founder and Executive Director, Minh Dang, we delivered our Centering Relationships for Systems Change virtual workshop formerly our Transformational Relationships workshop), in November. Based in England and with remote team members and partners in both the UK and US, the organization’s mission is to unite and empower survivors of slavery and human trafficking to be leaders of the anti-slavery movement. Embodying one of the workshop’s core teachings, one participant said, “Thank you for leading us. As an academic, it was certainly a push outside my comfort zone to engage in more feelings than theory! I am grateful for how you led me into the ‘growth zone’ with kindness and grace.”

“I feel like the ‘telarañas’ are slowly being lifted from my eyes and beginning to see clearly now that I have context, vocabulary, and common understanding about how internalized oppression works. There were things I felt and experienced throughout my life but did not have a name for the feeling or a framework to explain it and understand why this was happening. Now I do.”

Unid@s Cohort IX Member

We look forward to 2021 for many reasons and especially because of our continued partnerships, new offerings, and opportunities to connect with new and returning clients and our growing LJIST community.

Campus Compact
After COVID cancelled an in-person opportunity to gather with Directors and Staff of the Campus Compact National Conference in March, we are excited to bring our Centering Relationships for Systems Change virtual workshop (formerly our Transformational Relationships workshop) to this long-time client partner in January. Through the leadership of Marisol Morales, Vice President for Network Leadership, we look forward to supporting this national coalition of colleges and universities committed to supporting students’ civic and social responsibility.

CSU Channel Islands
In February, we will have an opportunity to reconnect with California State University Channel Island (CSUCI). Through the leadership of Sheila Grant, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, we will bring our Ending Racism Together virtual workshop to staff, faculty, and administrators.   

Heart of Biddeford
Through a 25-year relationship with Heart of Biddeford (HOB) Executive Director, Delilah Poupore, we are honored to support HOB’s commitment to make Biddeford, Maine, a vibrant, welcoming, inclusive environment for “shared prosperity.” We will be leading a Getting Listened To session for HOB and their business partners.