Developing a Racial Equity Lens: Moving Our Intentions into Effective Action

Feeling angry, frustrated, and/or inspired to do something about the racial inequities happening in our schools, organizations, and communities? In our country’s present climate, individuals and organizations concerned about racial justice need more than good intentions or simply thinking that equity is a good idea.  We need to increase our awareness, deepen  our knowledge, sharpen our  analysis, enhance our skills, and heighten our confidence to effectively work for racial equity.  We need to be our courageous selves that will stay focused for the long haul.

Join social justice education and equity consultants Drs. Tanya O. Williams ( and Diane J. Goodman ( in developing  a racial equity lens or a perspective that allows us to notice and address racial inequities. Explore the practices and possibilities available to us as we strive to overcome the dehumanizing impact of racism and create the world we want.

This highly participatory 2-day workshop will explore race and racism from an intersectional perspective.  Participants will be able to increase their self-awareness, skills for engaging with others, and tools to enhance racial equity in organizations and communities.

Specifically, participants will have opportunities to:

The workshop will include self-reflection, small and large group discussion, presentation, media, and contemplative practices.

The workshop will be held on April 21 and 22 at Union Theological Seminary, NYC.

Participants may attend only Day One but participants who want to attend Day Two must attend Day One.  Day One provides a content and context foundation for the activities on Day Two.

Day one will focus on: defining key concepts, examining racial identity and socialization, exploring historical and current institutional and systemic racism, reflecting on common power dynamics for people of color and whites, and developing some skills for interrupting racism.

With the foundation provided on Day One, Day Two will allow for deeper in-depth cross race dialogue, analysis of cross-race dynamics, opportunities for self-exploration around internalized racism, and skills for change.

Cost: Sliding scale: Only Day One: $50-$150.00.  Both days: $90-$280

No one turned away based on ability to pay.

For registration information:

Melinda Darer (845) 304-5616,


Workshops for White People Wanting to Do Our Own Work: Unlearning Racism and Fostering Racial Justice.

I will be facilitating three workshops this fall in NYC in partnership with Focusing International and the Stony Point Center.
These workshops are intended to support white people in becoming more conscious, competent, and committed to working for racial justice. Many white people are well-intentioned yet seek additional awareness, knowledge, and skills to more effectively engage in cross-race relationships and anti-racism efforts.   These experiential, interactive workshop provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment to explore racism on personal and structural levels. They will include videos, personal reflections, small and large group discussions and activities, and presentations.
We are offering 3 workshops that can be taken individually or as a set. 
1) Oct. 3, 2017: A 2 ½ hour introductory workshop that provides some exploration of core concepts.
2) Nov. 4, 2017: Part 1- A day-long workshop focused on systemic racism and its impact on whites and people of color
3) Nov. 5, 2017: Part 2- A day-long workshop focused on individual and interpersonal racism.
People are encourage to take the full weekend workshop, Parts 1 and 2. 
To register & for more information:
email: or  call: 845-304-5616
Doing Our Own Work Flyer, Fall 2017
VIsit to Japan in February 2017
I was pleased to be invited back to Japan by Makiko Deguchi from Sophia University in Tokyo to celebrate the publication of the translation of my book, Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups into Japanese. Dr. Deguchi along with colleagues and graduate students have been working for years on this project. Dr. Deguchi is doing pioneering work on educating about privilege in Japan.
I was invited to do a keynote and several workshops:
Keynote at Center of Global Democracy Symposium, Sophia University, Tokyo: "Developing Competencies for Diversity and Social Justice in an Increasingly Globalized World".
Workshop at SIETAR Japan Conference: Understanding and Addressing Resistance to Social Justice Issues from People in Privileged Groups.
What Does it Mean to be an Ally? Book Talk for Promoting Diversity and Social Justice Educating People from Privileged Groups (Japanese translation). Sophia University.
Workshop for Diversity Trainers and Activists, Osaka
Learning, Healing, and Acting for Racial Justice:
A Workshop for White People Who Want to End Racism
Facilitated by Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D.
Learning—about the system of racism and how it impacts white people and people of color
Healing—from guilt and shame and the messages that erode our full humanity
Acting—to be more effective allies and work in solidarity with people of color for racial justice
Numerous events over the past few years have brought to the fore the racism that still permeates our society. They have generated conversations and actions for change. Many white people want to be part of this process but feel uncertain about how to do so or do so effectively. This workshop is intended to support white people in becoming more conscious, competent, and committed to working for racial justice. It is an invitation to explore what it means to be white and engage in efforts for racial equity. Specifically we will consider:
1) The historical roots of how “whiteness” was created.
2) The history of how racism in government and institutional policies and practices created some of the racial inequality that still impacts us today.
3) How white people benefit from racism but are also harmed by it and what we have to gain from racial justice.
4) Ways we can act to challenge racism and support efforts for greater racial equity.
5) Next steps in our journey in unlearning racism and creating racial justice.
Why a workshop geared for white people? People of color have called on white people to educate each other so they don’t always have to do so. This workshop is particularly designed for white people so we can do our own work. With greater awareness and knowledge we can better show up for racial justice in multi-racial contexts.
Please join me and others for this exciting and challenging day. In a supportive and non-judgmental environment, the workshop will include videos, personal reflections, small and large group discussions and activities, and presentations. Please feel free to contact me for more information. For those of you who have attended previous workshops I have offered, there will be new content and new opportunities for reflection and discussion.
Day: Sat. Dec. 3, 2016
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Location: Grace Church, 130 1st Ave. Nyack, NY 10960
Suggested Donation: $30.00 (No one turned away based on ability to pay.)
To register and for more information: email: or call: 845-358-9181.
Registration is required and space is limited.
Bio: Diane Goodman is a white woman who for over 30 years has been working on racial and social justice issues as an educator and activist. Diane trains and consults nationally and internationally and has taught at several Universities. She is the author of the book, Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups (2nd ed., 2011) and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd ed., 2016) and other publications. For more info see her website: