Undoing Racism “Mini” Workshop

Offered by The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond at The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Are you challenged by how to deal with race issues in your practice, institution, classroom or community? Are you concerned about the impact of racism in your city and state?

Join The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell in a discussion about “undoing racism” on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. This “mini” workshop is a brief introduction to the Undoing Racism Workshop that will be held on October 10-12, 2014 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ).

The October workshop is an intensive 2½-day workshop designed to train, educate, challenge and empower people to undo the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be undone when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated and what we can do to dismantle it.

Leading the “mini” workshop is Reverend Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley Sr and Bonnie Cushing.

For more information about the Undoing Racism and Community Organizing Workshop at Rutgers University, please contact the church office at 973-228-0310 or at fpc@firstprescaldwell.org


Reverend Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley Sr is the Dean of the Seminary and Tenured Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). He is the second African-American in the 230 year history of NBTS to be granted tenure and the first African-American to be named Dean of the Seminary. Dr. Ashley has served as the senior pastor at churches in New Hampshire and New Jersey, since 1982. He has a long history as a community organizer and social activist. Dr. Ashley is the author of “Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith” and has also published a book with Rabbi Stephen Roberts, entitled, “Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy.”

Bonnie Cushing, LCSW is a social worker, a celebrant and an anti-racist organizer and educator. She has worked in the mental health field for over 22 years as a psychotherapist and group facilitator. She sits on the board of the Center for the Study of White American Culture and is the author of “Accountability and White Anti-racist Organizing.” Bonnie is a trainer and organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Bonnie co-facilitates workshops for clinicians on issues of white culture, white privilege and white identity.


The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators is dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. Since 1980, The People’s Institute has trained over 500,000 people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and internationally. It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist trainings. For more information, please visit www.pisab.org

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