The Weaver Learning Lab is going virtual.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are moving phase 1 of the Weaver Learning Lab (WLL) online! We’re excited to use technology to share the Learning Lab experience with community members while allowing everyone to stay safely at home. We invite you to join us for this interactive, innovative, and transformative series of webinars. Additional phases of the WLL may be offered online in the future, depending on the state of the pandemic in the months to come.

Applicants are asked to make a sliding scale donation to IMPACT of up to $50 for participation in the WLL prior to the June 6th start date, but no one will be turned away because of inability to contribute financially.

Sessions will focus on:

• Block-Be-Build as a framework for transformation that can help strengthen our social change efforts.

• Deepening our understanding of the origins and damaging effects of historical and structural racism and how they connect to the long-standing systemic inequities, egregious disparities, and structural injustices exposed and magnified by the COVID19 pandemic.

• Appreciating the value of inner work and committing to an intentional personal practice that allows for new insights, healing from internalized oppression, and renewal in order to build our mental and emotional resilience for getting through the pandemic and beyond.

Virtual Weaver Learning Lab Schedule:

Saturday, June 6, 10 am – 12 pm – Meet and Greet / Orientation

Saturday, June 13, 10 am – 12 pm – Be-Block-Build Framework

Saturday, June 27, 10 am – 12 pm – Historical and Structural Racism

Saturday, July 11, 10 am – 12 pm – Inner Work

Meet the facilitators:

Deanna Toler Kuhney (she/her) is a racial equity educator, trainer, facilitator, and curriculum developer. She is especially skilled in creating and facilitating “safer” spaces which enable participants to engage in courageous conversations around diversity, equity, inclusion, and liberation. She has worked with school districts, communities, non-profits, and corporations for the past 20 years, including: Montgomery County Public Schools, DC Public Schools, East Hartford, Connecticut Public Schools, Leadership Montgomery, IMPACT Silver Spring, and CaringMatters. She holds a B.A in Business Administration; a Masters in Contemporary Communications; and a post-graduate certificate in education and equity.

Oswaldo Montoya (he/him) has a master's degree in educational psychology. He has been a trainer, curriculum developer, researcher and network builder for more than 20 years. He comes from the tradition of Popular Education, which was developed in Latin America as an instrument for consciousness-raising, community mobilization and social justice. Working with different NGOS in Nicaragua and the US, he´s been involved in pro-feminist men´s activism, anti-racism work and advocacy for children´s rights.

Yesenia Regalado (she/her) has an established career as a racial equity facilitator and trainer, and has a deep passion for creating the environment for brave dialogues about oppression, privilege, culture and anti-racism. Through her work in the nonprofit sector, she has supported groups’ collective action towards equity. Her equity work is guided by personal experiences as a second generation Latina and the impact of inequities on her family. Yesenia continues to guide diverse cohorts of community members to critically examine racial and economic inequities and explore actions that inspire personal transformation and leadership to influence change in their communities and organizations. Yesenia’s educational background includes a postgraduate certificate in education and equity and a Bachelor of Science in sociology.

The virtual Weaver Learning Lab cohort is capped at 25 participants.

The deadline for applying is Friday, May 22, 2020.