Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle
ASDIC Circles are designed to provide you with an in-depth experience to better understand the ways race and racism operate in all of our lives. They will give you greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effectiveness of action in addressing systemic racism.
The Circle requires a significant time commitment, meeting for ten weekly four-hour sessions. Our guiding text is The White Racial Frame, 2nd edition, 2013, by Joe R. Feagin, with additional readings provided in the ASDIC Manual. Each week we gather to create a safe place for risk-taking, community formation, and acting with care and confidence. The experience includes readings and videos, large and small group discussions, the sharing of our personal stories, and practicing skills to show up and speak up when racism occurs.
ASDIC offers two options for Antiracism Dialogue Circles. We offer Community Circles that meet at Cherokee Park United Church where people sign up individually and participate with others who enroll. These sessions are open to everyone. We also offer custom dialogue circles to community organizations and places of worship where people engage in this learning with people they know.
ASDIC received the 2010 Facing Race Ambassadors Award, given by The Saint Paul Foundation, and the 2010 Touchstone Award for Inclusiveness, given by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. ASDIC Circles are widely described as transformative in their impact on awareness and action.
upcoming ASDIC circle
We are accepting registrations for next fall's Circle. It will be led by Sue Hammersmith, Ph.D, and Ricky DeFoe, with other skilled facilitators trained in ASDIC principles and methodology.
Dates and Time: Ten Saturday mornings, September through December, 2017, with refreshments at 8am and Circle session from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Location: We will meet at 371 Baker Street West, Saint Paul, MN 55107. Though we meet in a church building, Circles are not religious in nature. The building is accessible.
Participants are asked to commit to participating in all ten sessions of the ASDIC Circle. Advance registration is required.
Readings: Over the course of our ASDIC Circle, we will study the book The White Racial Frame, 2nd edition, 2013, by Joe R. Feagin. Please obtain a copy of this book before the Circle begins. The 330-page ASDIC Manual is provided.
- Individual participant: $410
- Nonprofit/government staff participant: $980
- Staff development participant: $1,445
(Need-based scholarships are available–nobody is turned away for lack of funds.)
Fees contribute to the cost of food, program materials (videos and handouts), and stipends to facilitators. There is no profit gained through the hosting of community dialogue circles.
All are welcome to participate regardless of financial circumstances–extended payments are possible and scholarships are available.
Checks may be mailed to ASDIC Metamorphosis, 371 Baker St W, St Paul, MN 55107. Checks should be made payable to “ASDIC, c/o Cherokee Park United Church, Fiscal Agent.” For inquiries, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-558-0452.