Through a novel approach and bold vision, participants of the Institute develop a liberatory consciousness through healing the hurts of internalized racism. The Institute gives Black leaders in the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois region the opportunity to name, reckon with and heal from racial trauma and the pervasive effects of internalized and structural racism.
The applied learnings and transformational experience of the interdisciplinary, intergenerational institute will prime participants to accelerate the creation of conditions that promote a just, whole society and future with impact felt most profoundly within the Deaconess footprint.
Twenty-three individuals were selected for the inaugural cohort of the Institute which launched in Fall 2023. The experience is deeply personal and as such Deaconess will maintain the anonymity of participants. Following the completion of the Institute, participants will have the option to choose to share their experiences publicly.
Deaconess Foundation's Institute for Black Liberation has been launched with leadership from Project Manager Cheryl D.S. Walker and Program Director Rudy Nickens.
Each cohort consists of approximately 25 participants. There are three, one-week (weekdays) immersive sessions that are no more than eight hours per day. The first cohort's immersive sessions occur:
- Immersion 1: Monday, September 18, 2023 through Friday, September 22, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm daily, with optional community building time from 4 pm to 5 pm.
- Immersion 2: Monday, January 29, 2024 through Friday, February 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm daily, with optional community building time from 4 pm to 5 pm.
- Immersion 3: Monday, May 20, 2024 through Friday, May 24, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm daily, with optional community building time from 4 pm to 5 pm.
In addition, there are a variety of activities designed to enhance learning and maintain community building which include webinars, small group meetings, and check-in sessions with the Institute's senior facilitators. Immersive sessions are in-person and the others are virtual.
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St. Louis, MO 63113