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Responding to Everyday Racism: Skills for Effectively Challenging Racist Words and Ideas
  • Step into your power to advocate for a more just world
  • Test out your new skills in a supportive environment 
  • Stay balanced in painful or unsettling conversations 
  • Discover your role in transforming systemic oppression

Mondays, April 11-May 2, 2022 (four sessions)
12:00pm-1:30pm Pacific (California) Time

Registration Fee:
NVC Library members: $171
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.

The live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.


Oppression of people of color does not occur solely in the behavior of individuals — It is embedded deep into our social systems.

As participants in these larger systems, we all have a role in transforming them. One of our points of leverage is helping others understand systemic racism. This means finding ways to talk with those who differ from us in ways that are connecting rather than alienating. 

How can we experience a true sense of power to help transform the opinions of those in our lives who hold views we see as racist or unjust?

How do we challenge these words and actions in a way that leads to connection and understanding, rather than anger or resentment?

This course is designed to help you step into your power to advocate for a more just world, while also staying aligned with compassion and empathy.

We all have the capacity to influence others. In the day-to-day, we have opportunities to address the words and actions of people who are blatantly racist or who are upholding racist ideas— including family members, old friends, and co-workers.

This four-session series explores how to challenge racist words and ideas in ways that are most likely to encourage people to have the openness to reflect on their beliefs and behavior. This is the first step to real change.  

You will come away with an increased ability to:

  • Stay grounded in conversations that can be painful and upsetting
  • Persevere in taking in perspectives that are different from your own
  • Find words to express clearly and passionately why it matters to transform social systems 

Each session will include time for assisted practice, so please come ready to try out new skills in a supportive space!

Here is what past participants had to say:

“Kathy and Itzel are an amazing duo in facilitating learning about NVC and embracing an empowered stance to confront racism in our communities, relationships, and work world.” 
— Miriam, Cincinnati

“Itzel and Kathy have such an accessible style of Nonviolent communication. I appreciate that they always demonstrate a calm and thoughtful demeanor that one can emulate in their own practice.” 
— Kiyomi Kowalski, Anti-Racism Educator, Los Angeles

“Absolutely everyone interested in living a rich life filled with love, relationships and worthwhile conversations should take this course. Beyond the focus on how to foster anti-racism conversations with empathy and compassion, the communication skills gained in this delightfully enlightening series will uplevel all interpersonal exchanges.” 
— Heather Anderson, Founder, The Mamahood

  • Video and audio recordings of every session
  • Forum discussion available in the classroom
  • Lifetime access to the classroom
What Happens After I Register?

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the videoconference. All registrants will receive access to all recordings. Recordings will display images of active speakers only.

Dates & Times

The live course is complete. You can register to receive access to the recorded sessions.

Itzel Hayward & Kathy Simon

About Itzel Hayward & Kathy Simon

Itzel Hayward is a compassionate and fierce advocate for loving communication. After serving as a public policy lawyer for 13 years, Itzel left her legal career and founded Attuned Living, a mindfulness and wellness organization that helps individuals heal the sense of separation they feel from others—or even from themselves. Her unique work—based on the teachings of yoga, mindfulness, and compassionate communication—ranges from promoting social justice work within organizations and communities to guiding individuals on their search for personal and professional fulfillment. Today, Itzel holds retreats, classes, trainings, and private one-on-one sessions online, over the phone, and in person with...