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This show is designed to call in, support, and provide loving accountability for white women in anti-racism work. If you have ever questioned your role and approach in this work or wondered how you can create an impact for racial equity and justice you are in the right place. Our conversations are all about how we can work together to build a safe, loving, and inclusive world.

Racially Responsible with Rorri Geller-Mohamed Rorri Geller-Mohamed

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This show is designed to call in, support, and provide loving accountability for white women in anti-racism work. If you have ever questioned your role and approach in this work or wondered how you can create an impact for racial equity and justice you are in the right place. Our conversations are all about how we can work together to build a safe, loving, and inclusive world.

    038 How Awareness and Compassion Can Create Change with Kristin Henning

    038 How Awareness and Compassion Can Create Change with Kristin Henning

    In this episode, I talk with Kris about her wealth of experience as a lawyer advocating for kids and systemic change in the juvenile justice system.  She breaks down the racial inequities that exist and talks about what all of us can to do create change.  She shares what inspired her to write her book The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, how we can be more cognizant of our own biases, and the inspiration that comes from youth activism.

    Kris's Bio:

    Buy Kris's Book:
    https://bookshop.org/books/the-rage-of-innocence-how-america-criminalizes-black-youth/9781524748906

    https://www.amazon.com/Rage-Innocence-America-Criminalizes-Black/dp/1524748900

    Connect and Follow Kris's work:

    https://www.rageofinnocence.com/

    https://www.law.georgetown.edu/experiential-learning/clinics/our-clinics/juvenile-justice-clinic/racial-justice/

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    Website: www.upowerchange.com

    • 48 min
    037: Controversial Conversations: CRT in Schools

    037: Controversial Conversations: CRT in Schools

    In this solo episode, I talk about the controversial topic of CRT in schools.  I share why this issue is so challenging and what you can do to help you understand and navigate these conversations.  I share 3 steps that you can that will help you engage in difficult conversations and move the dialogue forward for change.   

    Additional Resource: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/what-is-critical-race-theory-and-why-is-it-under-attack/2021/05

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    Website: www.upowerchange.com

    Email me directly: Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 18 min
    036 Collective Resilience with Christine Gyovai

    036 Collective Resilience with Christine Gyovai

    In this episode, Christine and I talk about what collective resilience is and why Christine is so passionate about it.  We also dig into what this looks like in the context of anti-racism work.  


    Christine's Bio: 

    Christine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue + Design Associates, is the granddaughter of a coal miner and firefly scientist, and has over twenty years of experience in creating community transformation and resilience. Named a “Cville 20” by Charlottesville magazine as a key driver for creating change, she is a professional facilitator and planner with certificates in charrettes, coaching, teaching yoga, and mediation, she hosts the Collective Resilience: We Rise podcast. A recipient of the Paul Dulaney Conservation Award, she has worked on projects nationally and in Appalachia focused on increasing community resilience and sustainability.  Christine holds a M.U.E.P. in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Burlington College, and lives at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia with her husband and two children.


    Connect with Christine: 

    Dialogue + Design Associates: https://www.dialogueanddesign.com/

    Collective Resilience: We Rise

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collectiveresiliencewerise/

    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveResilienceWeRise

    Website:www.yeswerise.org


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    Website: www.upowerchange.com

    • 32 min
    035 Centering Feminism with the Authors of Feminist AF

    035 Centering Feminism with the Authors of Feminist AF

    In this episode, the authors of Feminist AF and I talk about centering feminism and smashing the patriarchy and the overlap that has with the topic of race and racism.  They talk about what inspired them to write this book, the importance of empowerment, and why it is so important for women of all ages to read it.  

    Feminist AF Author Bios: 

    Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective.

    Susana M. Morris is Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the co-editor with Brittney C. Cooper and Robin M. Boylorn of the anthology The Crunk Feminist Collection (Feminist Press, 2017). She is the co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective.

    Chanel Craft Tanner serves as the Director of the Center for Women at Emory where she also earned her Ph.D. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. As director, her work focuses on creating programs, events, and learning opportunities that recognize and redress historic and persistent gender inequity at Emory and beyond. She is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective and is passionate about class oppression, prison abolition, and Black feminism. A city girl with a country flair, she calls both Brooklyn, NY and Danville, VA home.


    Buy Feminist AF:

    https://bookshop.org/books/feminist-af-a-guide-to-crushing-girlhood/9781324005056



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    • 42 min
    034 Adoption & Multiracial Families with Jana Hunsley

    034 Adoption & Multiracial Families with Jana Hunsley

    In this episode, Jana and I talk about how issues of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) and anti-racism work show up in multiracial families that are formed through foster care and adoption.  We specifically address a topic often left out of these conversations: siblings in adoptive families.

    Jana's Bio:

    Jana Hunsley is an experimental psychologist, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), TBRI Practitioner, and advocate for foster and adoptive families. Jana received her doctorate in experimental psychology from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University where her research focused on understanding the needs of every member of adoptive and foster families and meeting their needs through developing interventions. Over the years, she has worked in various settings with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, including outpatient counseling, home visiting, residential treatment, institutional care, schools, child welfare, and juvenile detention. Jana’s passion for this work began as a teenager when her family adopted seven children internationally.

    Connect with Jana: 

    https://www.project1025.org/

    Facebook: @project1025families

    Instagram: @project_1025

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    Join the email list: https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y

    Website: www.upowerchange.com

    • 33 min
    033 Challenging Book Bans and Using Stories to Create Change with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

    033 Challenging Book Bans and Using Stories to Create Change with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

    In this episode, Dr. Griffin and I talk about challenging book bans and the empathy, understanding, and knowledge that comes from learning through stories.  We talk about her new book, Read Until You Understand and how this can be used as a tool in anti-racism work.  

    Dr. Griffin's Bio: Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she also served as the inaugural Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. She is the author of five books including Who Set You Flowin?: The African American Migration Narrative (1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (2001), Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (with Salim Washington, 2008), and Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II and her new book Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdomm of Black Life in Literature.

    Get Dr. Griffin's new book: Read Until You Understand - https://bookshop.org/books/read-until-you-understand-the-profound-wisdom-of-black-life-and-literature-9781324022046/9780393651904



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    FREE Workshop: How white people can avoid unintentionally causing racial harm and navigate challenges in DEI & anti-racism work (in professional and personal spaces) Register here: https://mailchi.mp/1f036d515a40/s94dqef6cm

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    Website: www.upowerchange.com 

    • 36 min

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