Professional Dimensions has been hosting Conversation Circles since 2009. The objective is to bring women of color and white women together to have meaningful and challenging conversations designed to break down barriers, discuss issues of race and confront systemic racism in an open and honest way.
The sessions run for 5 consecutive weeks. Due to COVID-19, the original format has been modified. Instead of in-person meetings over a light meal, all Circles will be held virtually.
Participants are expected to:
1. Bring their authentic self
In honor of Women's History Month, we will be focusing on how women have shown up in this movement historically, and emphasizing our belief in the power of women as the leaders who are uniquely positioned to move this work forward.
The circles are from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, beginning on March 2nd and concluding on March 30th. Participation is limited to 10 women in order to promote relationship-building and an environment conductive to meaningful conversations.
Women Who Showed Up
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
In 2013, three radical Black women organizers created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. It was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. The project is now a member-led global network of more than 40 chapters and the call for black lives to matter has been heard all over the world since the project began.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Sotomayor is an associate justice of the Supreme Court, nominated by Barack Obama in 2009. She is the first Hispanic and Latina member and only one of five women to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
Angela Davis a longtime political activist, philosopher and author. She is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is best known as a radical activist fighting for Black rights during the Civil Rights movement.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Former Senator Kamala Harris made history this year as the first woman, first Black, and first Asian-American Vice President of the United States.
Yuri Kochiyama was a lifelong activist. After the events at Pearl Harbor, she and her family and thousands of other Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to internment camps. She met her husband in relocation, and they moved to New York City after World War II, where she would hold weekly activist open houses at their apartment. A friendship with Malcolm X influenced her work. She and her husband were advocates for reparations and for a formal apology for the internment of Japanese Americans through the Civil Liberties Act. She dedicated her life to advocacy for civil rights for marginalized communities.
Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge
Above is a photo of Ieshia Evans, a nurse from Pennsylvania, being arrested by police officers dressed in riot gear during a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The protest was in response to the unjust shooting by police of Alton Sterling Philando Castile. The image quickly went viral and has since become a symbol of police brutality against Black Lives Matter protestors across the country.