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Hard Conversations: Whiteness, Race, and Social Justice

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Event Type:
Victor Lee Lewis
Location Details:
Zoom, every Tuesday, for 5 weeks. Online classroom available during the course and for 3-months after the end of the course.

HARD CONVERSATIONS: Whiteness, Race, and Social Justice

Brought to you by the Radical Resilience Institute and the School of Inclusion. Guided by Victor Lee Lewis and Patti Digh.

A 5-week intensive online course, starting October 26, 2021. You may still register until November 2nd, if you miss the first session.

Victor Lee Lewis and Patti Digh invite you to an online learning community where participants can deepen their understanding of the potent myths and facts about whiteness. Learn how to work more effectively with yourself and with others to identify and challenge both normative and extreme white supremacy.

More than 5,000 people have taken these intensive learning journeys with us since Patti called the first Hard Conversations cohort in response to the Charleston Church Massacre of 2015. We have continually updated and refined the courses to deliver a learning experience that is intellectually challenging, deeply collaborative, socially supportive, fiercely honest, and inspiring.

- Week 1 Introduction, Creating our Learning Community
- Week 2 The Social Construction of Race and Whiteness
- Week 3 The Color of Supremacy
- Week 4 The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness
- Week 5 On Being an Ally: What Will I Do Next to Help Make Everybody Free?


The heart of every Hard Conversations course is the 7.5 hours of expertly guided conversation with Patti and Victor on our live calls. On top of that, twice every week, you also get two big content updates in our online classroom, which you can unpack to your heart’s content, all in managed online forums set up just for the people in your cohort. You will get a wide range of informative and provocative videos, readings, audio presentations, discussion questions, and activities, all to further and deepen your learning. And everything is yours to continue working with for at least 3 months after the final live call. Your learning on the calls is greatly enriched by your having 24/7 access to the course content and learning community.

A Note on Discount Organizational and Group Registrations:
This offering is not just for individual learners. In this period of continued lock downs, our established online learning approach can be a good solution for professional, civic, activist or academic groups to take together. We have guided groups of mental health workers, doctors-in-training, faith groups, neighborhood groups, theater-makers, teachers and trauma clinician trainers. For more information on registering your group for these events or custom training, please contact us at support [at]


This is Community-Supported Education, with universal financial accessibility. Tuition options for our courses are based on a modified gift economy model, in an effort to align our economics with our deeper values. We rely on generous voluntary contributions of our allies/accomplices/conspirators to enable our work and "breathe with us." We are committed to universal affordability in our programs. To help make this work, we are asking that course participants support our efforts at the highest level that is affordable for you. Your gift contribution from $50-$500 keeps us alive and teaching. $100 is our “break-even” level. Please pay more, if you can, to help us reach the folks who can't afford to pay.

Please also consider supporting our GoFundMe campaign to raise scholarships for those who cannot afford to contribute:

VICTOR LEE LEWIS, MA, is the Director, Chaplain-at-large, at the Radical Resilience Institute. Victor is a nationally recognized social justice educator, speaker, consultant, trainer, and occasional writer. Victor has conducted seminars, workshops, keynote speeches, and “train the trainer” programs in most of the 50 United States, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Germany. They are well-known for their inspiring leadership role in The Color of Fear, the classic race relations documentary. Victor is co-author, with Hugh Vasquez, of Beyond the Color of Fear, a 4-volume multimedia curriculum for use in classrooms and training programs. Victor has also written a training manual utilizing the Hollywood film, Get Out!, The Get Out Movie Teacher’s Companion, as an on-ramp for classroom reflection on the issues of race. Victor is a Neurolinguistic Programming Health Certified Master Practitioner and Trainer, Clinical EFT Expert/Trainer, a certified hypnotherapist, and Third Year Student in the Practitioner Training at the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute.

PATTI DIGH, is the author of eight books on global workforce diversity and living mindfully, including a Fortune magazine “best business book” for the year 2000 and one of five finalists for the “Books for a Better Life” national award in 2008. She recently served on the Executive Committee of the ACLU-NC Board of Directors and has served in advising roles on diversity, equity, and inclusion to corporate and nonprofit organization clients such as PepsiCo, Boeing, PBS, the U.S. Postal Service, the American Society of Association Executives, and many others. She was the first-ever Vice President of International and Diversity Programs at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association of human resources professionals. More information is available on her website:
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