Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
This is a living document. This is an evolving statement as the organization changes and grows.
Embodywise is committed to creating a safe learning environment that treats every student with respect, compassion, curiosity, and connection.
We recognize that significant harm has occurred to many people through implicit and explicit bias over many generations and are actively committed to ending racism, cultural insensitivity, and other forms of bias.
We acknowledge that the field of somatic psychology has primarily evolved in a white-dominant culture with little input from diverse opinions and lived experiences.
We are developing our new offerings with a commitment to evolving our work to reflect broader cultural diversity and dynamism.
We believe that to become fully embodied, people need to feel safe, heard, connected, and received with compassion. Our goal is to help transform harmful dynamics from the dominant culture and contribute to becoming an embodied, vibrant, diverse, collaborative, and awake community and society.
We want to acknowledge that harm can occur in the therapeutic relationship when the practitioner is not aware of their own social location and internalized bias and is not trained to track the client’s own social location.
To support this goal, we commit to:
- Responding to all DEIB-related feedback with compassion, non-defensiveness, and targeted action
- Taking an active role in ending racism, gender discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, colonialism, and other forms of marginalization and discrimination
- Continuously working to decenter white people’s experiences and transform their own implicit bias
- Continuously improving our work in response to feedback from our community, especially from those who experience marginalization
- Providing ongoing DEIB-focused coaching and training to our staff
- Partnering with experts in the field of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging including our amazing consultants at Holistic Resistance
- Respecting our students’ neurodiversity by providing educational methods that allow them to learn in their own way and at their own pace
Providing a sensitive learning environment in which our core teachings on transforming deeply-held trauma and beliefs can help individuals to unburden from systemic and collective trauma
If you experience culturally insensitive behavior from our faculty or staff, please contact us. We recognize speaking about your experience can be an emotional hurdle. We hope one of these options feels accessible to you. We are open to receiving feedback or any harm you might have experienced through the communication of your choosing.
- Speak to the lead instructor for your training or workshop
- Confidentially contact our office manager, Hillary Keith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-839-6788
- Report your concerns on your class evaluation form, which allows you to submit feedback anonymously if you wish
We also welcome your input on how to make any aspect of our work more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, fostering a deeper sense of safety and belonging for all human beings.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Resources
Developing an awareness of cultural differences, examining your implicit bias, and learning how to work with diverse clients are essential skills for helping professionals. Listed below are introductory resources in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We’ve kept this list short to avoid overwhelming you, in the hopes that you’ll actively consult some of these resources over time.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Written by a somatic psychotherapist of color, this book offers a compassionate deep dive into healing racialized trauma in three specific groups: white people, people of color, and police. It also includes a compelling discussion of intergenerational trauma and its effects from medieval times to the present day.
Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
This practical and challenging workbook will support you to engage in a process that’s essential for any helping professional: examining, owning and dismantling implicit bias towards groups that our culture marginalizes so you can stop inflicting (often unconscious) damage on people of color.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
This book underscores the need for white people to develop the psychological stamina required to have honest and meaningful discussions about race-related issues, a capacity that the author sometimes refers to as “racial stamina.”