Reflecting on Recent Engagements
This winter we partnered with a range of ongoing and new clients, bringing our transformational healing approach to hundreds of participants.
“This was a gift and really helped me understand some things about myself and my experiences in new ways, with practical ways to build up my skills and deepen. I am so, so grateful for the generosity, clarity, courage, openness, and warmth of everyone involved especially those leading today.”Heart of Biddeford Getting Listened To participant
In January we brought our Centering Relationships for Systems Change workshop to Campus Compact, a long-time client partner, after COVID meant we cancelled an in-person delivery last spring. Under the leadership of Marisol Morales, Vice President for Network Leadership, we are honored to support this national coalition of colleges and universities committed to supporting students’ civic and social responsibility. As one workshop participant said, “[I] appreciate the strong organization of content and serious approach to the training. Thanks so much to the LJIST team for your hard work and commitment to changing the world.”
California State University Channel Islands
In February we reconnected with California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) to deliver our Ending Racism Together workshop for staff, faculty, and administrators, thanks to the leadership of Sheila Grant, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs. One participant offered how our model and tools helped them see a way forward: ”Thank you Nanci, for the model that even in this capitalist world we can survive whilst living our dreams and developing visionary justice in this world.”
Heart of Biddeford
New partner Heart of Biddeford (HOB) recently gathered their team along with a group of local business partners to participate in a Getting Listened To session, thanks in part to a 25-year relationship with HOB Executive Director Delilah Poupore. HOB is an organization that supports the local economy and community of Biddeford, Maine, with a variety of business partners and community members. They hosted this session for their community in support of their commitment to “shared prosperity.” Engaging in our core healing practice of Constructivist Listening brought them together as a group. As one HOB participant said, ”[The most valuable part was] breaking down our usual barriers to be more human with each other.”
Marion Polk Food Share
As part of 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, we delivered a Getting Listened To session, our Centering Relationships for Systems Change workshop, and our Stopping the Cycle of Oppression workshop this winter. We look forward to continuing our relationship with more offerings throughout 2021, supporting their healing and equity work as a team and as individuals. As one participant recently noted, ”I was excited to do this workshop to learn how to help others. Through doing the workshop I was motivated to work on myself, to be more loving and accepting of myself, hopefully some of that will spill over onto other people.”
You can read more about our year-long partnership with Marion Polk Food Share in their partner profile.
North Carolina Association of Educators
We are excited to announce a new partnership with the North Carolina Association of Educators, thanks to the leadership of LaAlice Hopkins, NCAE’s former Instructional Advocacy and Policy Specialist. LaAlice heard Nanci speak at the National Education Association’s Summer Justice Series in August 2020, and knew she wanted to work with LJIST. Our work on healing for a just world also appealed to the educators who have participated so far – as one participant noted, “When I saw the description of this [session] and what it said it would provide for us, I knew this was something that I needed.” We started with a Getting Listened To session and look forward to continued engagement with educators in North Carolina with a Centering Relationships for Systems Change webinar and a Stopping the Cycle of Oppression workshop in the summer.