Beyond the Culture of Separation; Session 1

Beyond the Culture of Separation:
Whiteness and the Emerging Stories of Our Humanity

An 8-Week Class for White-identified* Hub Oakland Members and Non-Members


Do you want to talk about Ferguson, race, and racism but feel anxious about being judged or having your good intentions be misunderstood?

Are you interested in learning how to practice compassion with yourself and others when you experience resistance, fear, and defensiveness around race?

Do you yearn to collaborate with other social innovators across differences, but find it hard to build sustainable relationships?

Do you recognize the importance of diversity in your organization, your customer base, or your social network, but feel unsure why you have not succeeded in achieving it, even while living in the East Bay,?

Explore these questions and more! This engaging and interactive course will offer white-identified people a supportive learning community in which to explore the personal and structural factors that inform and sustain racism in U.S. society. Empowered by our shared awareness and the support of the community, participants will be motivated to stand for and contribute to the just and vibrant society we long for.


When: Monday Nights 6:30pm – 9:30pm; September 29 – November 17

Where: Meridian Room, Impact HUB Oakland

Tuition: $200-$350** First come, first served

Limited scholarships available***





*We believe that, as white-identified people, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about racism. In addition, coming together in a white-only space can enable us to be more honest about feelings and experiences that might otherwise be held back out of embarrassment or fear of causing pain to people of color. Honest dialogues about race among white-identified people also disrupts the white social norm that ordinarily discourages us from having these conversations.

**Please consider paying as much as you are financially able in order to support the scholarship program.

***The amount of funds for scholarships will depend on our pay-it-forward event registration process. Funds will distributed first come, first served. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact

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Elana Isaacs is a trainer and facilitator with 20 years of experience custom-designing leadership and team development curricula for personal, organizational, and social transformation. A graduate of Oberlin College and Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts Therapy and Education, Elana has used tools from Applied Improvisation, Theater of the Oppressed, and Theater for Conflict, Community and Dialogue to facilitate work around race, privilege, and power for many community groups, organizations and conferences. She has worked with a wide range of groups from directing a theater and media program for street youth, to training psychology PhD candidates in Applied Improvisation, to coaching a corporate social responsibility team at Wells Fargo. She was commissioned to design a community service curriculum for Tehiyah Jewish Day School that will soon be available for schools nationwide. She is currently partnering with Urban Habitat to co-facilitate workshops for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute.


Gregory Mengel Ph.D is an activist, teacher, and writer exploring the intersections of social justice, ecological sustainability, and human fulfillment. He holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research in philosophy, European intellectual history, cognitive science, epistemology, and critical race theory is focused on unpacking the stories and beliefs that give meaning to our social realities, and using those insights in the service of a more just and vibrant world. Gregory leads workshops and develops curriculum on racial justice and white privilege. He is currently a teacher/facilitator with the UNtraining, the East Bay Meditation Center, and the Pachamama Alliance. Gregory blogs at


Angela Sevin is co-director of Pathways to Resilience (an Alameda County Innovations in Re-entry project) and a director of The Green Life peer education class at San Quentin state prison. She encourages people from all walks of life to come together and share their hopes and desires as well as sorrow and despair about the condition of life here on our planet home. Angela has a master’s degree in experiential education and has volunteered in numerous capacities for a wide spectrum of non-profit organizations as an outdoor educator, group leader, peer counselor and mentor. Since the mid 90s, she has worked toward creating educational environments inclusive of social change ideals and activist principles balanced with the pursuit of individual empowerment. By embracing differences compassionately, facilitating others (including herself!) to discover their passion, and with a unique focus on global wisdom, Angela envisions a future where creativity and learning are nurtured in a way that integrates sustainable and regenerative ways of being.

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Date & Time

29 September 2014 | 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Impact Hub Oakland 2nd Door


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: $200 - $300

Cost for Non Members: $200 - $350

Updated on 12 September 2014