Salons are an interactive space to connect across contexts to share the joys and challenges of undoing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement. A salon is a gathering of people where they amuse one another and increase their knowledge through conversation.
Salons are open to the public - anyone interested in the field of place-based community engagement and anti-oppression practices is welcome to attend.
Our guiding theme for 2021 was Building Accountable Practices and Transforming Power in Place-Based Work.
The Institute was held virtually from Wednesday, July 28 to Friday, July 30th from 10am - 2pm PT | 1pm - 5pm ET in addition to offering optional, asynchronous content.
PBJN Summer Institutes are an annual opportunity for colleagues to gather and share strategies, lessons learned and explore pressing questions about how to do the work of connecting campuses and communities in ways that align with the Network’s collective values. Each day we will begin with a framing dialogue shared by leaders in our field that embody the values of the network and model the practices we hope to explore throughout the Summer Institute.
BIPOC Healing Circles + New BIPOC mailing list
Our intention for this Healing Circle is to provide a place where people of color can work with their peers on their experiences of internalized racism, for healing, and to work on liberation. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the PBJN are invited to join a monthly healing circle held the last week of each month.
White Affinity and Accountability Circles (WAAC)
The WAAC will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month, April-June 2021, to build community and support accountability to unlearn racism and build our capacity to incorporate anti-racist efforts into our Place-Based Work. Each meeting will include resource sharing, skill-building, and community gathering with a focus on addressing how racism works in our daily lives on individual, interpersonal and structural levels.
We offer these sessions with the hope and intent that folks can attend all the meetings in an effort to support community building and as a way of "building a white culture" that dismantles "white body supremacy" (Menakem, 2017).