We Can Get There From Here: Exploring Racial Liberation In a Time of Change

Three-part series on equity & liberation in organizations and communities: 1pm – 5pm ET on October 6; October 22; and November 16, 2020

We Can Get There From Here: Exploring Racial Liberation In a Time of Change



Dr. Tanya Williams and Dr. Heather W. Hackman designed this three-part workshop series to move beyond the standard racial equity training, and address this unique, powerful and painful moment in history.

This series will provide a deeper analysis of race, racism, and social change, imagining a world of racial liberation. What would organizations and the communities they serve look like without racism? How can envisioning a future that explicitly centers people of color in organizations and communities drive progress toward equity and liberation within them today?

As a result of participation in this workshop series, attendees will:

  • Explore how the system of racial oppression (race, racism and whiteness) operates, providing space to explore the question of who we might be, and what organizations and communities would look like, without its pervasive influence (Session One)
  • Identify tools and cultivate skill-sets that support individual and collective decolonization and development of a liberatory consciousness (Session Two)
  • Participate in affinity groups (BIPOC and white) to explore the complexities of this work and its intersections with anti-Black racism, class, gender and colorism (Session Two)
  • Engage in collective liberatory work in which participants envision and co-design how organizations and communities can operate in ways that center people of color, mitigating structural racism and white supremacy culture (Session Three)

This workshop series will not provide a blueprint for liberation, but it will hold space in which to imagine the possibilities of a future not defined by structural racism and white supremacy, developing participants’ skill and competency to shift organizations and communities closer to that vision for equity and liberation in the present.

Participant expectations:

  • Have an existing analysis of structural racism and the social construction of whiteness. This is not a workshop series for individuals just beginning a process to explore the significance of race, racism, whiteness in their lives and work.
  • Have the capacity to persist and remain engaged through discussion of racialized trauma and its affects on individuals, organizations and communities
  • Attend each of the three sessions in their entirety

Facilitator commitments:

  • Tanya will bring her best story-telling and Heather her humor in order to keep participants engaged and create a Zoom experience that is interactive, and not mind-numbing
  • Breaks, breakout sessions, and other opportunities for folks to engage their bodies will be used to keep participants physically present and mentally engaged

Dates, Times and Cost

Workshop Series Cost: $175 – $250
Please note there is a sliding scale for tickets and we ask those with greater privilege to purchase tickets on the higher end, which will allow individuals with historically less access to wealth, disproportionately BIPOC folks, to pay lower fees.

Participants must be available to fully participate in all three sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
  • Monday, November 16, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET


Heather Hackman

Heather Hackman

Dr. Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service and in-service teachers), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas.

In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting group and consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism. She has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work and, since 2012, has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the White Privilege Conference.

Tanya Williams

Dr. Williams has over 25 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and most recently, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York as the Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement. She’s taught courses such as Social Diversity in Education, Exploring Differences and Common Ground through Intergroup Dialogue, and the Psychology of Racism and facilitated workshops and presentations at the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), the White Privilege Conference (WPC) as well as National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and American College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) conferences. She had done consulting work with colleges and universities, non-profits, and K-12 schools including NYU Stern School of Business, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), American College of Greece, The Moth, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Spence School, Harvard University Law School and others.

She holds an MS in Educational Administration, a BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate (Ed.D) in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her dissertation was entitled “A Process of Becoming: U.S. Born African American and Black Women in a Process of Liberation from Internalized Racism,“ focused on internalized oppression and liberation.

Tanya Williams