Fostering Authentic Asian and Black Solidarity in Divisive Times, Moving Toward Action 

May 23, 2024 9:00AM—12:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until May 10) $300 members; $250 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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This offering is designed for educators seeking grounded understanding and practical support to negotiate the complex racial dynamics resulting from how Black and Asian communities in the United States have been historically (and still are!) pitted against one another as a strategy for upholding racial oppression. Alongside powerful and inspiring examples of solidarity, there is often pervasive background racial tension that impacts us, our students and our colleagues. We need to make it real, break it down, and move toward action!

Together we will address the following questions:

  • What are the structural opportunities and challenges in building authentic and enduring Black and Asian cross-racial solidarity?
  • What do Asian and Black folks need from one another? What can cross-racial solidarity look, sound, and feel like in real life? 
  • How can we discern between authentic solidarity and unreliable allyship?
  • How can we better anticipate the dynamics (good and bad!) that may arise with our potential allies?
  • What strategies can we engage to notice and honor our intuition and bodily truth?
  • What tools might we use to assess the nature and quality of our own allyship?
  • What knowledge, skills and capacities do we need to show up as better allies?

This is a space to be seen and heard, and to listen and learn. Come with thoughts, questions, and an open heart. There will be time to reflect and connect!

Guest speakers and panelists for our time together include:

  • Christine Cordero, Co-Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Rebecca Hong, Head of School at Sequoyah School
  • Dot Kowal, Head of Upper School at Crystal Springs Uplands School
  • Johára Tucker, Chief of Equity and Belonging at The Dalton School
  • Patrice Wakeley, Director of Institutional Equity and Belonging at San Francisco Friends School


Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, East Asian, South Asian, White, Middle Eastern, North African folks, Latine/a/o and mixed folks of all levels of experience and stages of healing are welcome. This will be a disabled-friendly and LGBTQ+ affirming space.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!


Nikkia Young

Nikkia Young, PhD is an equity and racial justice oriented educator, consultant and licensed clinical psychologist. She has served on the teaching faculty at Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley, CA, the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She earned her B.A. in (International) Development Studies from UC Berkeley, her teaching credential from UC Berkeley, Extension, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Before turning to her consulting practice full time, Nikkia was the Upper School at Head-Royce School and the Director of Counseling at Lick-Wilmerding High School and Bentley School. In addition to consulting and presenting nationally and internationally, Nikkia is hard at work on a book integrating racial justice and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Nikkia’s early career experiences as a gymnastics, dance and martial arts instructor turned Park Day School Kindergarten teacher taught her to improvise and listen, to integrate movement and play, to keep her heart open during conflict and to attune to the deep needs of a group.


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