Dismantling Racism [Spring 2017]

In this three-part mini-course, we will look at the historical inception of whiteness and define racism in the context of power and privilege. We will look at the last 60 years of anti-racism work and the role of white people in this work. We’ll explore some relevant and timely pitfalls that white people often fall into that serve as divisions between white folks and people of color. You will leave this course with principles and tools to guide you as you navigate the complexities of racism.


The class will take place May 8 - 26.

The class will be taught through a weekly video lecture/conversation on Tuesdays at 7p (May 9, May 16, May 23) as well as readings and other multimedia components.





About the Instructor

Holly Roach is a Transform Network trainer and contemplative activist who lives at the intersections of faith, justice and racial equity.  Holly loves holistic models for change that engage us in drawing from the deepest wells of our being to sustain our work for justice. Holly’s activist roots are in numerous social justice movements including the struggles for political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, the struggle against Peabody Coal at Big Mountain, AZ, and the Global Justice movement. Holly has a bachelors degree in art and social change and graduated in August 2015 from the inaugural class of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation. She organizes an annual training for the Faith-Rooted Organizing Un-Network, mentored by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra. Holly is a board member and co-founder of Transform Network. She is also a core group member of Asheville Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and the SURJ Faith Core Group. Holly had various roles in the Wild Goose Festival for the past five years and currently serves a program manager. She curates theEmerging Voices community blog at Patheos.



What resources will I need for this class?

You will need a computer and access to the Internet.

What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?

Dismantling Racism is an exploration of the historical and structural ways that racism is hardwired to culture in the United States. We will explore the role of white people in challenging racism and white supremacy and how to have that work be fed and sustained by the deepest wells of our faith. 

What if I need help with technology?

Our team is here for you all the way! Email jim@progressiverenewal.org if you have any questions or need assistance.