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Haa Tuwunáagu Wooch.een Yís  (for Healing Our Spirit, Together): A Racial Justice & Equity in So

The Racial Justice and Equity in Southeast Alaska Online Speaker Series will offer free training opportunities for residents of Southeast Alaska this month, beginning Sept. 10. The five events will be live, online (via Zoom).

One of the community wellness initiatives from the 2017 Sitka Health Summit was to start trauma-informed community conversations in Sitka.

Nationally acclaimed author Tim Wise will lead the first workshop, Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity, from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Then, Dr. Amer Ahmed will lead a Lunch & Learn discussion about Intercultural Leadership, from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14.

Our third event will be led by one of the country’s leading equity and diversity educators, Hugh Vasquez, who will host a workshop, Creating Conditions of Equity across Race, Class, Gender and other Cultural Lines, from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Founder of the online literary publication, Natives in America, Megan Red-Shirt Shaw, will present on Monday evening, from 7-8 p.m. on Sept. 21. Her session is called We Are Still Here: On Native Identity and Activism.

The series concludes with a keynote address, Bringing it Home: Reflection on Racial Equity in Southeast, by Sitka educator and cultural leader, Dionne Brady-Howard. A small group discussion will follow from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The theme of the series is Haa Tuwunáagu Wooch.een Yís (for Healing Our Spirit, Together). This transformational learning experience is provided by the University of Alaska Southeast- Sitka Campus Title III grant project, in partnership with Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services Department, SEARHC, SAFV, the Sitka STEPS Grant, the Sitka Health Summit, and Pathways Coalitions.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 966-8674 or Barb Morse at You can sign up for one event or all of the free events here,, or here,

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