Who We Are
ASDIC Metamorphosis 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.
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. (Herbert Perkins, Ph.D., MDiv., received the name Okogyeamon during a naming ceremony in Ghana in 1998; it means “He who saves a village.”)
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. In early 2017 we became a free-standing nonprofit, but Cherokee Park continues to provide the space for many of our community workshops.