The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice, Part 1: Racial Literacy Bootcamp

Oct 06, 2021 9:00AM—2:00PM

Cost $1050 members; $900 group-rate; $1575 non-members

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The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice

Part 1: Racial Literacy Bootcamp

SESSION 1: October 6, 2021 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

SESSION 2: November 3, 2021 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

SESSION 3: December 7, 2021 | 9:00am - 2:00pm



Dynamics of racial oppression, degradation, resistance and resilience are present in all aspects of our lives – in our every interaction, in the world around us and within ourselves. As many of us feel, see, hear, wonder about and worry over, even as we wish for and work toward racial equity, we often find ourselves having unwittingly reinforced and perpetuated the hidden racialized narratives that undermine racial justice within our classrooms, staff rooms, campus communities and larger worlds.

The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice, Part 1: Racial Literacy Bootcamp is an in-depth and accessible neurobiologically grounded Cross-Racial Professional Learning Community. The program is designed to deepen participants’ capacity to think and feel fluidly, intuitively and critically about systemic racism. Through visual facilitation, storytelling, small-group activities, body-centered practices, and whole-group dialogue, participants will develop knowledge, skill and capacity to recognize, resist and reframe racism.  Participants will be introduced to an accessible, embodied and neurobiologically grounded perspective on racial injustice. Participants will complete the program with accessible next steps to guide their growth beyond the program; concrete tools to support becoming a self-improving practitioner that grows from experience; and deepened knowledge, skill and capacity to contribute to a culture of resilience and racial justice.

The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice, Part 1: Racial Literacy Bootcamp, is specifically designed for those who are:

  • addressing, healing from and growing through experiences of racial marginalization 
  • reckoning with the assaults to one's own integrity and the harm to others that result from living with unexamined racial privilege
  • located in a racial “middle ground” and are racially marginalized with respect to some and racially privileged in relationship to others

A note for those examining their racial privilege: This program is not designed to tell you “what to do”, how to “get it right” or serve as a space to passively “take in people’s stories”. We’re coming together to transform the ways in which we interact in the world through engaging intellectually; connecting emotionally; taking interpersonal risks; and learning to attend to, soothe and settle our bodies.


In the service of everyone’s dignity, please expect the facilitator(s) to center the needs of the racially marginalized. This program is intended for Black folks, Indigenous folks, Asian folks, White folks, Middle Eastern/North African folks, Latinx folks, and mixed folks and will be a LGBTQ+ affirming space.


  1. Identify, resist and reframe hidden narratives and ideological frames that inhibit racial literacy and undermine racial justice within their school communities.
  2. Critically evaluate harmful misconceptions about microaggressions and how they reinforce systemic racial oppression
  3. Identify and interrupt common ways in which incomplete conceptualizations of inclusion lead to racial gaslighting.
  4. Assess their fund of knowledge and capacity to feel/ think fluidly and critically about systemic racial oppression, degradation, resistance, resilience and justice through history and in the present.
  5. Create a plan for future independent learning that will increase the capacity to decode, interpret, evaluate and reframe the dynamics of racial oppression and resistance in everyday personal, professional and civic life.

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



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, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, and California School of Professional Psychology. In addition to consulting and presenting nationally and internationally, Nikkia is the Upper School Counselor at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA. 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. 

Nikkia’s early career experiences as a gymnastics, dance and martial arts instructor turned 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. From youth activists to business professionals and organizational leaders, Nikkia’s coaching, consultation and workshop participants find inspiration, joyful engagement and the courage to work hard, learn deeply and make change that makes them proud.

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