Allison Mahaley from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, North Carolina, will deliver an important New Years message via zoom at our January 24th ADORE (A Dialogue On Race and Ethnicity) meeting. Allison co-facilitated at the September, 2020 ADORE meeting with Dr. David Campt, who shared about his work in teaching effective communication in emotionally charged situations such as with racism skeptics. She will speak about “Anti-racism as a Spiritual Practice,” a talk she gave during the 2020 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. A discussion will follow Allison’s presentation. Following is a description of her presentation and her bio.
The link to the January 24th zoom meeting invitation can be found at the very bottom (scroll down) as well as on the church website recurring link section. It will also be sent out via the ADORE Google Group early in the month and the day before the meeting.
ANTI-RACISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Allison Mahaley will explore the three pillars of spirituality with regard to being an anti-racist in the 21st Century. American white supremacist culture has left an indelible mark on each person’s identity with unconscious bias playing a huge role in our minds on a daily basis. How do we use our bodies and spirits to undo that conditioning and emerge with our minds trained on freedom and not perpetuating old models of oppression? Allison will share how being rooted in UU values provides a roadmap.
Allison Mahaley – Bio
CEO, Red Fern, LLC
Allison is an anti-racism trainer, coach, and change consultant.
Her current work is focused on dismantling racism, at the personal, team, organization and systemic levels. In this work, she partners with clients to understand their aims, and then crafts action-oriented learning interventions to help them connect anti-racism efforts to individual and organizational performance metrics. This work often takes the form of strategic leadership team interventions, where she works with leadership teams to identify issues, learn new skills and create plans for culture change. In other instances, this work takes the form of large-group workshops, or multi-stage learning journeys – all with the focus on individual performance to recognize and overcome bias, and then learn new skills of compassionate dialogue to create connection where currently there are divides.
Education First: Allison’s first career was in public education. She taught students, mentored teachers, presented at conferences, and has worked as an advocate for parents and students from middle-school through college. She earned her Master’s in School Administration in 2008 and worked on program development in anti-bullying, teacher empowerment, and school-wide culture shift as a leader for excellence and equity. As an educator, Allison made significant strides in closing the achievement gap.
Activism: In 2014, Allison became a community organizer committed to dismantling racism through open dialogue and peace-building measures. She has served as president of a local chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, an organization devoted to religious freedom; a board member of the North Carolina Council of Churches; and a governing member of her own congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Orange County (NC) Human Relations Commission and the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. In these capacities, she has presented scores of workshops and keynotes.
Author, Presenter and Designer: Allison has partnered on the White Ally Toolkit Project with Dr. David Campt, renowned speaker and advocate for dialogue-based anti-racism work. Allison co-facilitates these workshops and co-wrote the book Equipping Anti-Racism Allies, which is rooted in universal values. Allison is a certified High Performance Learning Journey designer and uses these design skills to help clients build effective programs that are geared towards applying new skills. Allison offers workshops, keynotes, facilitation, and coaching about the connections between white normative culture and policing; diversity, inclusion, and belonging; unconscious bias and dialogue; and personal empowerment and organizational effectiveness through healthy organizational culture.
Giving Back: Allison also volunteers as a grass-roots organizer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee NC Love Resists Campaign and numerous other non-profit organizations including Justice United, Apoyo, and Triangle Interfaith Advocates for Refugees and Immigrants (TIARI.org). She is a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Council of Churches where she serves on their equity team.
Meeting ID: 951 0768 0529
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