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Working Together for Change

How to be an Effective Ally and Advocate for Racial and Social Justice

  • Challenge everyday racism in ways that encourage conversation
  • Find the words you need when you need them most
  • Discover how to have a connected conversation around deeply charged topics
  • Step into your power to create a more just world!

Thursdays, October 7 - November 4, 2021 (five sessions)
2:30 - 4:00pm Pacific (California) Time

Registration fee:
NVC Library members: $240
Enter coupon code NVCL at time of checkout.


The racial justice movement needs you.

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 to help others understand systemic racism.  This means we need to find 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 around us who hold views we see as racist or unjust? 

Kathy Simon and Itzel Hayward are here to tell you that you have much more influence than you might think is possible.

In the day-to-day, allies and advocates are called upon to address the words and actions of individuals who are blatantly racist or who are upholding racist ideas—including family members, old friends, and co-workers.

How do you 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 and help create a more just world, while also staying aligned with compassion and empathy.

Using practices and insights based in Nonviolent Communication, this five-session series explores how to challenge racist words and ideas in ways that are most likely to encourage the openness to reflect on their beliefs and behavior. This is an important step in making real change. 

You will come away with an increased ability to:

  • Stay grounded in conversations that can be painful and upsetting
  • Respond meaningfully to 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 supported practice. 

  • 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.

Dates & Times

All times listed are Pacific (California) Time.  

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...