This space aims to connect prospective members to some of our current members, their work, interests and reasons for joining Race Reflections.
Our members comes from various of walks of life and differing professional, and cultural backgrounds and are located across the world.
We hope the profiles below will help you get a better sense of what we are about as a community. More profiles will be added over time.
Artist, sometime musician, tending to be first and last on the dance floor, I’ve only come to Race Relations very recently being so moved by Guilaine’s writing, specifically that way she combines pristine analytical clarity, brilliant insight, and a huge heart. I’ve been Afro-centric my entire life from my very earliest memories: music is my ruler, and outside of African musicians my personal heroes tend to be Black Women critical thinkers, in this space I feel comfortable and at home, and particularly so with Guilaine Kinouani and Race Reflections. This work is fundamental to my being, and specifically in relation to my African (and diaspora) friends and loved ones and the kind of expanded world I wish for them and us.
My contemporary art practice explores beauty and transcendent experiences combined with questioning of structural biases in society, white supremacy and racism, and looking to articulate an expanded space beyond this. Naturally I tend to be inspired by African and diaspora contemporary artists. From time to time I play drums in Congolese bands, but have also been so fortunate in my life to have had training from very great musicians in a number of African traditions.
Wishing best for you all!
I signed up to RR because I really admire Guilaine and her work having followed on twitter for some time. She shared her work for free for so long I wanted to support her when she set up RR as an enterprise because I had consumed more than enough for free! But also, because I believe her work is important and I felt I had more to learn and do, to be honest. I signed up for the racial trauma course because it looked really interesting and I recognised there was a gap in my knowledge there in terms of racial trauma and mental health.
As a mental health social worker by background, being a member of RR allows me to continue to learn and grow in terms of my knowledge. Apart from being good for me to grow I hope it will prove valuable in my own and work life, too? I have always found Guilaine’s approach supportive and inclusive in terms of learning and growing and wanted to be part of that! I actually think the membership levels are great value for money when you consider everything that is included.
Dr. Nina Burrows-
Guilaine is the real deal. She’s centred her work on race for years which is why her thinking is ahead of the curve. I joined Race Reflections so that my understanding of white supremacy could be stretched so that I’m able to think about where these issues will take us tomorrow, rather than just catching up with where we are today. When you join Race Reflections you’re paying to have access to an excellent mind and the kind of community that attracts, both of which are valuable company if you want to be taken to the edge of your understanding.
If you want to link us in my twitter is @NinaBurrowes and The Consent Collective is @ConsentCollectV
I became an RR member because I believe whole-heartedly in the work Guilaine and her team do in diagnosing the somatic and psychic consequences of structural racism and the supremacist paradigm, and helping practitioners, educators, policymakers, parents heal trauma and provide support. As a coach, coaching supervisor and trainee Existential Analyst, it is incumbent upon me to stay alive to the plurality of experience that people bring to our conversations and humble about generalising from my own lived experience. I believe my aliveness and humility are fundamental to my personhood.
- My pro bono innovation project in response to Covid19 is https://caresleeves.co
- I serve in the Faculty and as a coach in the Peer Learning social enterprise She Leads Change – which welcomes coaches and leadership mentors from under-represented groups in the UK and all coaches from the global South
- My coaching shingle is here
- The range of methods I bring to my work with individuals and groups is here
- I price for equity, offering coaching for all via Bark
- Here on LinkedIn
- Here on Twitter
On Oct 15, I’ll be releasing a series of Google Forms inviting anecdotes and insights about a range of themes related to lived experience, the fundamentals of our being in the world, and courage. Race Reflections followers are very welcome to contribute on an attributed (named) or anonymous (confidential) basis.
I have recently signed up for a membership, after initially signing up for the course on racial trauma. I was motivated to do the course, after seeing a lackluster response from my employer, around race issues following George Floyd’s murder. I spoke to my manager, about the fact that the organization (that specializes in trauma), had not acknowledged or spoken about racial trauma, and this in itself was harmful, and perpetuating racism. I was very happy with the response I received. We started having discussions around race more openly, and my professional development budget was put towards the course. I am continuously sharing my learning from the course at work, in order to change some of the policies and procedures, and I could not have asked for a better outcome. I have recently become a member of
https://awau.org.au/ to contribute, and to further causes relating to Black African women in Australia, and would like to raise their profile. Although I am a Black diaspora African affected by issues of racism, I am acutely aware that Aboriginal Australians have endured racial trauma for centuries, and mine is a Black body on Black land. I too, am a settler here. I would like to use any platform I have ,more to draw attention to causes that benefit Aboriginal Australians, the original owners of this land:
Prior to SARS-COV-2 pandemic I taught in a group with Adults living with COPD and Heart Failure concerned with wellbeing and Palliative Rehabilitation https://www.sthelena.org.uk/how-we-can-help-you/day-therapy . Teaching breathlessness management, Anxiety and Symptom management, and Advance Care Planning but much of the work also included supporting people in grief and supporting those closest to them. During COVID I worked in the hospice inpatient unit until I was furloughed. I also participate in Project Echo Outcome Measures with https://www.hospiceuk.org/ .
I joined Race Reflections as a developmental member as I was eagerly awaiting Guilaine’s book, I’ve been following her on twitter for a long time and the work felt important, particularly as the charitable sector is so white. After attending a https://www.qni.org.uk/ Event Better Health for all women I started volunteering at a Community drop-in for people who are struggling. Recognising that the poorest people in our world are Black I completed the Introduction to Racial Trauma course and continue to hold personal developmental membership with Race Reflections.
I’ve also joined their reading group to help with my learning about anti racism work and challenging my internalized racism. During my furlough, I volunteered with hope@trinity a drop in at our local Methodist Church supporting our poorest, our traumatized people but also those who are racially traumatised but found that I was using my Palliative Nursing skills, it turned into my job without support and governance, things that are required as part of my Nursing Registration and keeping me accountable to the public. https://racereflections.co.uk/ has given me the confidence I needed to continue to fight to return to making a difference in this way and have my Professional skills recognized for what they are.
I Tweet about the lived experience of grieving and bereavement support/justice doing as part of self care and aid to resilience and now about the experience of anti blackness, raising others voices. I’ve also taught on HIV awareness as so much has changed since I worked at https://www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/ many years ago. The charity sector is struggling to survive at the moment. I hope that in building community we can go forward and rehabilitate ourselves into one where racial privilege is recognized and disrupted and those experiencing homelessness can access support that meets their needs in ways that they have chosen. I ran out of words allowed so couldn’t add in the huge support I feel I’ve had from https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/donate/?gclsrc=aw.ds&msclkid=b0b4dc01825d184a1cb0837771a0217a https://www.pathway.org.uk/
https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/research-and-innovation/ I could go on!
Jane Newson RN BSc (Hons) (she/her)
I joined RR out of scholarly interest into Guilaine’s ground breaking work. My membership quickly developed into a journey of deeper experiential understanding, learning and commitment around issues of racial injustice/trauma and the impact of whiteness on non white lives. I have found a community of like minded individuals where conversations happen in a way that allows mutual understanding, respect and healing to develop and where real change feels possible. Being part of RR means a lot to me both personally and professionally in my work as a white psychotherapist supporting a community that has been deeply scarred by the devastating effects of social and racial injustice.
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