The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice: Roadmap to Resilience and Racial Justice

Feb 17, 2022 9:00AM—Apr 21, 2022 2:00PM

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

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The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice:

Roadmap to Resilience and Racial Justice

SESSION 1: February 17, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

SESSION 2: March 10, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

SESSION 3: April 21, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm



The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice: Roadmap to Resilience and Racial Justice is grounded in the perspective that conflict, discord and empathetic failure are part of each of our racial inheritances. Building a culture of justice that exists beyond the wounds inflicted on all of us by white supremacy and other forms of domination requires the courage to pass through discord on the paths to harmony and repair. This Cross-Racial Professional Learning Community offers a much-needed opportunity for us to cultivate the resilience and resources we need to truly examine the ways that white supremacy is embodied within and expressed through each of us.

Through visual facilitation, direct instruction grounded in interpersonal neurobiology, storytelling, small-group activities, body-centered practices, and whole-group dialogue, we will strengthen our capacity to transform personal, professional and institutional practice by working on behalf of our own resilience against racial oppression. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of purpose; accessible and actionable strategies for seeking and integrating racial feedback, practices for soothing and settling their bodies; skills for incrementally expanding their capacity to live out their racial justice values; and a blueprint for cultivating the internal and external resources they need to resist racism and contribute to a more just and joyful future.

The Neurobiology of Joy and Justice: Roadmap to Resilience and Racial Justice, 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. Critically evaluate how your current values and purpose do (and do not!) offer you the shelter, inspiration, motivation, fortitude and grounding you need to recognize and resist racism. 
  2. Tell an embodied and personally meaningful story about your new racial justice values that supports your courage, energy and capacity to transform the racism that shows up in your world.
  3. Assess how your current racial self-care and self-management skills and capacities reflect and reinforce common patterns of racial oppression.
  4. Initiate a growth plan for your racial self-care and self-management that addresses: seeking and integrating racial feedback; soothing and settling your body; and cultivating growth-fostering relationships.

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.

Cancellation Policy

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