Presenter: Sacil Armstrong, Social Justice Healer
Presenting at Roanoke Coaches on April 10, 2020
CEUs: 1 Core
When discussing race and racism, people tend to automatically assume positions of defensiveness and fear. Whether it’s white or white-passing individuals afraid of being accused of racism or Black and brown individuals afraid of experiencing racism.
Understanding the history of race and racism in America often alleviates some of the discomfort, giving people a knowledge base to reframe their belief system. Setting boundaries for the discussion, respecting individual experiences and creating a non-judgmental environment allows clients the space to be honest, ask awkward questions, fully explore why they think the way they do, and take the opportunity to reflect and change.
Objective of presentation
Participants will increase their understanding of ways to frame discussions about race and racism to remove the fear of judgment. Topics will include information/data related to terminology and concepts about race, scale of inclusion, giving clients the responsibility to monitor and self-regulate behavior and emotions and to remain aware of the emotional risk to marginalized communities in the discussion.
About Sacil Armstrong
Sacil Armstrong coaches women who are aware of racism and other social injustices and want to include social justice/anti-racism in their daily life. Her clients are ready to move out of their comfort zone and want to know how to be the person they want to be.
She teaches online, speaks at social justice conferences, and is creating an online library of bite-sized information about social justice and self-care. She incorporates self-care with her social justice training to help her clients stay grounded as they move outside of their comfort zone.
Sacil has been a facilitator for more than 20 years, in charge of community and media relations for both a science museum and a library system and successfully leading a $1 million grant to reduce violent crime in a high-crime, low-income “neighborhood” of 33,000 people. She enjoys big picture, visionary planning, and one-on-one client work.
Sacil attended Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations. She is also trained in using intuition and a myriad of self-care techniques.