Racial Resilience is an anti-racism training method that helps individuals develop an anti-racist conscience and institutions develop an anti-racist ethos.
Our unique approach utilizes compassion-based contemplative practices as the foundational lens through which we interpret the impact that racialization has on our bodies and worldview. From this foundation, we teach participants key critical race theories so that they are able to authentically and sustainably engage anti-racist actions for racial justice.
We created Racial Resilience because many anti-racism training programs ask participants to set aside the complex feelings that arise when we talk about race and racism. Left unattended, these feelings and emotions create the conditions for racial stressors such as racial anxiety, stereotype threat, and weathering. Rather than dismiss these feelings as unhelpful, we believe these feelings are effective guideposts for sustainable anti-racist work.
Who We Are
Racial Resilience was created by Dr. Seth Schoen and Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter. While our interdisciplinary backgrounds in critical race theories, contemplative studies, and social ethics are critical components of our training methodology, our friendship serves as an example of the sustainability of our approach.