Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we continuing to offer 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 September 26th start date, but no one will be turned away because of inability to contribute financially.

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

The deadline for applying is Friday, September 18, 2020.

All sessions are virtual from: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m

Saturday, September 26th

Saturday, October 10th

Saturday, October 24th

Saturday, November 7th

Saturday, November 21st

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.



These are the flowers that I planted by seed that I likened to my experience being in the Weavers group.  I was hopeful and moved forward in faith not knowing what the outcome would be and if the seeds would grow.  But I planted them anyway. I watered them and I waited for them to germinate and sprout.  This is the photo of what the flowers look like now, two years later.  I am grateful to have participated and “practiced” along with the group new ways of thinking and learning and being.  Thank you, All. I greatly appreciate your support and for coaching us to be radical (self) healers and community advocates. You are the gardeners and germinators for the Collective Consciousness.


What Do Weavers Have to Say?


“This experience was pivotal to me and provided me with so many action items of how I can show up more effectively as an activist by looking within first.”


 “I loved the WLL process. The facilitation was excellent, and the frameworks were extremely helpful. Hopefully we can continue to connect with one another as we move through our individual work.”


“I appreciated the complexity, the welcome of messiness with creative envisioning and the absence of simplistic formulas or prescriptions.”