Antiracism Study Dialogue Circle

 

The ASDIC experience is rigorous, compassionate, respectful and non-coercive. ASDIC participants undertake an intellectual and emotional examination of the historical social, political, and economic factors that continue to divide, limit, and exclude. Patient, kind, and supporting, the ASDIC Facilitators invite each participant to walk with them to explore the bitter and ugly places that are typically denied or avoided. Out of this process participants experience glimmers of a society beyond denial, shame, guilt, and rage – a society constructed on compassion, community, justice, hope, and love.
— Hamline University, Division of Student Affairs
 
ASDIC Circle at Common Ground Meditation Center, 2016

ASDIC Circle at Common Ground Meditation Center, 2016

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Community leaders are often reluctant to publicly admit what they do not know, such as the cause and effect of racism. ASDIC Circles provide a safe environment for the study of this issue. By bringing a group of leaders from diverse professions together, not only can leaders discuss issues at a level of common understanding (they face similar public scrutiny), but they can discover how the different entities interrelate and can collaborate to advance antiracism programs in the community. Educating and motivating staff to do antiracism work is a difficult endeavor. Through lessons learned and partnerships forged through ASDIC circles, leaders find they do not have to suffer it alone and can convey to staff, with conviction, not only the importance of the work to the community, but that the partners in our daily activities are also committed to the work.
— Melanie Ford, former St. Louis County Attorney

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, usually held 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.


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upcoming ASDIC circle

We are accepting registrations for next spring's Circle. It will be led by Okogyeamon (Herbert Perkins), Ph.D, and Ricky DeFoe, with other skilled facilitators trained in ASDIC principles and methodology.

Dates and Time: Ten Saturday mornings, February 3 through April 21, 2018 (no meeting March 3 or March 31), with refreshments at 8am and Circle session from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Location: We will meet at Cherokee Park United Church, 371 Baker St W, St Paul, MN 55107. Though we meet in a church building, Circles are not religious in nature.

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.

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Sliding-scale Fee structure

  • $410 (represents true cost)
  • $200
  • $100
  • Pay-what-you-can

Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

Our guiding text, The White Racial Frame, is available from Amazon for about $40. We have some books on hand for folks with limited 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, 190 George St W, St Paul, MN 55107. Checks should be made payable to “ASDIC.” Online payments can be made via ASDIC's donation button. For inquiries, feel free to contact us at asdicircle@gmail.com or 612-558-0452.

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One powerful community antiracist action program is the Antiracism Metamorphosis (ASDIC) program (based in Minnesota). Multiracial activists have used well-crafted dialogue/study workshops to stimulate antiracist discussions & change efforts; successfully worked on educating & empowering diverse local groups to openly protest community patterns of white racism; created strong racial-equity curriculum materials for specific community groups; generated networking capital among antiracist change agents in Midwest; facilitated 100+ workshops & dialogue groups with 1800+ community participants in antiracist activism (teachers, students, nonprofit & government staff, members of religious organizations); provided a strong antiracist curriculum used in college courses; and helped to set up Overcoming Racism conferences providing support for antiracism trainers and organizations.
— Joe R. Feagin, PhD, The Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A&M University

Facilitator Sue Hammersmith's personal ASDIC testimonial.