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BIPOC LOVE | Nurturing Compassionate Communities of Practice

Core Course One

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A crisis of separation lies at the root of many of our current social and ecological challenges.

Empathy is in decline; hatred, violence and apathy are on the rise. We urgently need tools that help us reconnect in relational and non-instrumental ways. This is why our approach begins with love.

Love and compassion—and their umbrella term, care—are motivational stances that orient our way of being in the world. Compassion—the capacity to be with and attend to suffering, harm or hurt—and love— the capacity to connect and nurture life-giving qualities like friendliness and joy—are both critical to our project of justice and liberation. When understood and practiced relationally, they protect us against burnout.

This is not a call to put on rose-colored glasses. We have a natural capacity for care, but we can also be violently harmful to one another and our planet. We hold that our essential nature—when we feel safe, held and seen—is caring. When we feel threatened, unvalued and alone, our propensity for selfishness, competitiveness, othering and greed surfaces. A stance of love invites us to call each other into new relational ways of being that support all of us in realising our deepest potential. We therefore emphasize love because we see it as foundational and also as redemptive—it is the force of healing.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Love and compassion require we learn to “turn toward” and “engage with” each other in healing and ethically responsive ways. The ability to “turn toward” requires that we develop competencies like attention, mindfulness, distress tolerance and empathy. Ethical responsiveness requires that we develop qualities like wisdom, courage, creativity and complexity capacity or systems-thinking.

Our LOVE course is designed to help us strengthen all of these skills in sustainable, relational ways. In this course, you will learn:

  • the science of compassion, love and attachment
  • tools for avoiding empathic fatigue and burnout
  • relational practices for cultivating the building blocks of love and compassion based on our model of receiving, extending and deep self care
  • practices for navigating obstacles to love and compassion in our relationships, communities and organizations

We are thrilled for you to join us! We look forward to learning with and from you in community!

WHO THIS IS FOR

This online course is open to all self-identifying Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).


Curious about why we caucus or offer affinity space? Learn more: http://www.crossroadsantiracism.org/wp-content/themes/crossroads/PDFs/Racial%20Identiy%20Caucusing%20Strategy.pdf. And see: https://arrow-journal.org/why-people-of-color-need-spaces-without-white-people/

Please note that our next live cohort meets Wednesdays from 5-6pm PST beginning March 25th.


Your Instructor


Shalini Pammal
Shalini Pammal

Shalini Pammal is a healthcare advocate, creative strategist and movement builder. Her professional experience ranges from grassroots organizing and advocacy work to strategy consulting for healthcare payer & provider clients globally as a Senior Knowledge Analyst at The Boston Consulting Group. She earned her Bachelors in Arts from Harvard College where she published a thesis on the revitalization of Ayurveda in India and the complex sociopolitical relationship between traditional healing and western medicine in the Indian diaspora, and has also received an MSPH degree focused on health policy & management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She has served as a Board Member for Doctors for America, a national nonprofit organization mobilizing health care professionals to advocate for quality, affordable and accessible health care and has spearheaded multiple advocacy campaigns promoting gun violence prevention efforts, health insurance enrollment and Medicaid expansion. Additionally, she organized medical and public health professionals in a nationwide grassroots effort to support the confirmation of the United States Surgeon General alongside the Center for American Progress. Shalini shares her organizing expertise broadly to enable the proliferation of creative, sustainable and community-led movements for social change and has most recently been focused on how to integrate and prioritize mindfulness practice and individual healing within professional organizations as a force for greater connection and accountability.

Course Curriculum


  See Lesson 1 | Obstacles to Receiving Care
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  See Lesson 3 | Obstacles to Extending Care
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  Heal Lesson 4 | The Relationship Between Personal and Social Transformation
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  Envision Lesson 1 | Centering Beauty, Pleasure and Gratitude
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  Envision Lesson 2 | Finding Joy in the Work
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  Act Lesson 1 | Assessing Ourselves
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  Act Lesson 2 | Toward The Compassionate Stance
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Course lessons are set to be released weekly from the date you start the course, but you decide when to review them!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does a full year of access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for at least one year - across any and all devices you own.

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