IAC and Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB) partnered to provide Healing the Practitioner: Critical Conversations about Race and Social Inequity, a 7-week therapeutic series on historical racism, social injustice and racial healing. The series was modelled on CURB’s Community Conversations, but tailored to caring professionals.
Participants were guided through discussions to explore how historical racism and injustice plays a part in their lives, and were given the opportunity to share and discuss these difficult topics in a safe, structured and supported environment. The course provided practitioners with understanding around root cause of racial trauma and the legacy issues that play out in multiple social contexts, helping to better understand their clients and identify what systemic changes are needed. Participants included professionals from the nonprofit, government and private sectors from diverse racial backgrounds.
Participant Shana Williams stated “I signed up for this course expecting to be challenged and uncomfortable. I left this course motivated and thirsty for more. The value that CURB has brought to the fabric of Bermudian society is unmeasurable. We owe it to our country to educate ourselves on what diversity and inclusion in the Bermuda context truly is.”
“Lynne Winfield, CURB’s President, stated “It has been our pleasure to collaborate with IAC and bring a team of CURB Facilitators to guide and assist the dialogue between caring professionals on how the trauma of hundreds of years of past oppression results in intergenerational trauma at the individual, group and societal level and manifests today in legacy issues of poverty, self-identity and inequity for their clients. Special thanks to Facilitators Stacey-Lee Williams, Michelle Scott-Outerbridge, Hashim Estwick, Lynne Winfield and Margaret Downing Dill.”