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CLC hosts transformation

Central Lakes College provides membership on the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission who will be sponsoring the ‘Lakes Area Anti-Racism Study-Dialogue Circle’ from October to February. The Brainerd campus of CLC provides meeting space for Lakes Area ASDIC meetings in E338, from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3. The goal is to make this area a better place for all people to live. Herbert Perkins and Margery Otto, developers and facilitators of the ASDIC Metamorphosis Program, met with about 20 Lakes Area community leaders on May 20, 2010 to begin a conversation on race. Attendees agreed that this would be a great program for our area. The ASDIC program offers a carefully designed process for anti-racist transformation of relationships and institutions. The core experience is the workshop for a group of 12 to 15 people who meet once a week for 12 weeks. Two trained ASDIC facilitators lead each Circle. The Circle experience follows a carefully structured curriculum of dialogue topics, exercises and readings. Over the course of a Circle, participants read a wide range of written works, consisting of over 450 pages, which builds knowledge of the history and continuing institutional and systemic forms of racism. This study enhances their ability to articulate key issues and to be effective change agents. For information and to register, contact Deborah Celley, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd, 218-829-2528 or debcelley@yahoo.com

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