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Join our 90-minute webinars devoted to exploring diverse experiences, perspectives, and narratives in systems change.

Webinar: White Supremacy Culture & Systems Change

June 1, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 pm Pacific US
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern US

20 years ago, Tema Okun wrote "White Supremacy Culture Characteristics," an article deeply informed by her relationships with many genius teachers and colleagues. Join Tema, CoCreative, the Academy for Systems Change, Illuminate and special guests from around the country to learn more about white supremacy culture, discuss how it's shifted in the last 20 years, and explore implications for our work in complex systems change.

**This is a ticketed event for which all donations will benefit the work of EarthSeed Land Collective whose mission is to remember and reimagine our relationship to ourselves, each other, and the land in pursuit and practice of collective liberation.

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Tema Okun has spent over 30 years working with and for organizations, schools, and community-based institutions as a trainer, facilitator, and coach focused on issues of racial justice and equity. Dr. Okun currently works with the Teach.Equity.Now. collaborative which houses the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program currently offered at Duke University in Durham, NC, and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. The program works with faculty seeking to develop stronger skills both teaching about race and racism and across lines of race, class, and gender. She also facilitates, consults, coaches, and consults with leaders and organizations nationwide.


Tema was a member of the Educational Leadership faculty at National Louis University in Chicago and has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level students in educational leadership and education. She is the author of the award-winning The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010, IAP) and the widely used article White Supremacy Culture. She is currently at work revising this article as a website which will launch in spring 2021.


Tema is a member of the Bhumisphara Sangha under the leadership of Lama Rod Owens. She is an artist, a poet, and a writer. She lives in Hillsborough NC where she is fortunate to reside among beloved community. Her current project is deepening her ability to love her neighbor as herself. She is finding the instruction easy and the follow through challenging, given how we live in a culture that is afraid to help us do either or both.

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