Bringing communities together, equipping them to address racism.
Who we are
ASDIC Metamorphosis (ASDIC is short for Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) is an esteemed antiracism workshop provider, based in Saint Paul and operating across Minnesota and beyond. ASDIC has worked across different sectors, customizing its work to the particular focus and formats needed by organizations. ASDIC’s programs are noted for their depth of analysis, opportunity for dialogue and reflection, building of relationship and community, and lasting transformative change.
“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.”
— Hamline university, division of student affairs
Many people and organizations want to come together across racial and ethnic lines, but they don’t know how to get started. ASDIC Metamorphosis grew from a desire to be such a catalyst. ASDIC was founded in 2004 by Okogyeamon, a monk and now ordained UCC minister, and the late Margery Otto, an attorney.
What we do
ASDIC Metamorphosis provides antiracism dialogue experiences that build awareness, knowledge, communication across structures of domination, motivation and commitment. All workshops conclude with individual and collective planning for racial justice, with participants transferring the knowledge learned into the contexts of their own lives. ASDIC assists host organizations in developing concrete implementation plans, empowering participants with the motivation and skills to create a new, racially just society.
ASDIC workshop participants
trained ASDIC facilitators
ASDIC offers a wide range of services to businesses and organizations seeking to improve their capacity and competence in interacting with communities and individuals of color, seeking to reduce institutional racial disparities, and wishing to more fully embody their moral concern for racial justice and for justice and equity in structures, policies, decisions and practices. This work requires addressing underlying assumptions, perspectives, and practices arising out of the of U.S. racial legacy.
ASDIC has received several awards, including the Facing Race Ambassador Award from The Saint Paul Foundation (2010) and the Touchstone Award for Inclusiveness from the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation (2010), and a Designation as Sage at Summit of Sages from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing (2012). Okogyeamon and Otto also helped create the annual Overcoming Racism Conference, now held at Metropolitan State University.
Since our inception, we have operated with the support of Cherokee Park United Church, which serves as our fiscal agent. In early 2017, we began the process to becoming a free-standing nonprofit. We expect this will take a year to complete.