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Unearthing Our Roots of Racism: A Community Dialogue on Racial Inequities
Presented by Indiana Voices of Women and Purdue Black Cultural Center in partnership
Racism has been an integral part of the United States since its founding. Americans have never known a time in which racism was not entangled in the multiple layers of our culture. As Americans, we collectively inherit these roots. Together we can choose to unearth the roots and eradicate the buried seeds and vestiges from our soil. It is crucial soulful work that requires authenticity, compassion, humility, and courage.
This three-part film series featuring World Trust ( films by Shakti Butler, invites the Greater Lafayette community into this dialogue. Film segments will be woven with facilitated dialogue. Together we will examine the systemic and institutional roots of racism and explore how each of us benefits and are limited by our racial assumptions rooted and sustained in these systems.
Indiana Voices of Women and Purdue Black Cultural Center provide this educational experience to the Greater Lafayette community at no cost to attendees.
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
September 21
in Purdue Krannert Auditorium, West Lafayette
Cracking the Codes asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features moving stories from racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Ericka Huggins, Humaira Jackson, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tilman Smith and Tim Wise.
Film segments are braided with facilitated dialogue by Ericka Huggins, professor in Sociology at Laney & Berkeley City College, and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. In this evening event, attendees will engage in talking about the system of racial inequity prompted by the stories in the film and will leave asking new questions and inspired to engage in change.
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Tuesday, October 20
at MatchBOX Co-Working Studio, Lafayette
Mirrors of Privilege is a film designed to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change featuring stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious racism and entitlement.
The stories in the film reveal what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. Facilitated dialogue is designed to support open and honest group and private reflection based on the film.
Light in the Shadows November 18,
at Purdue Black Cultural Center, West Lafayette
These American women of Indigenous, African, Arab, European, Jewish, Asian, Latina and Mixed Race descent, use authentic dialogue to crack open a critical door of consciousness. What lies behind it is a perspective on race that is often unseen/unnoticed within the dominant culture.
Strength of Women Festival
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Kathryn Weil Education Center
1415 Salem Street, Lafayette
The Power of Women’s Stories
April TBD, 2017
6:30-8:30 pm
West Lafayette Public Library
208 W. Columbia Street, West Lafayette
This evening is a gift to the community and is open to the public.
The Strength of Women Festival is an opportunity for women to connect with a variety of experiences of feminine courage, strength, and wisdom. Women meet local experienced women, resources in our community, who will lead them in their exploration.
Participants select three sessions from the following options:
My VIA (Voice In Action) speaks to being intentional in my life.� I am a stay-at-home mom of 6 crazy kids.� I have worked outside the home off and on but I continue to choose to stay-at-home full time.� Being physically present isn’t nearly as important to me as making memories and being intentionally present with my children of all ages and stages.� I want to share some ways in which you might regain your playful and peaceful side while being more awake in your life.
Chasing the Serpent’s Tail
The serpent has rich symbolism. One of which is the connection point between the earth and the divine. This symbolism is the basis for the title of my blog, Chasing the Serpent’s Tail. Using my blog, I have created a place to discuss the connection points between faith, modern culture, and sexuality. Come, discover what I am learning as I share what I’ve been inspired to do with my writing and my journey.
Kristen Abbey
Jacqueline Ripberger
Food: A Real Pathway for Change
We will explore how food may impact our energy, mobility, cholesterol, blood sugar, sleep, mood and looks.� Shaping your future by what you eat not just a fad.
Monica Keyes is a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Medicine certified by The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Monica works with all patients with a passion and burden for women and their total health restoration, with an emphasis on the Spirit, Mind and Body.
Monica Keyes
Women & Anger: The Emotion We Dare Not Voice
Beth Goodman’s presentation, “Women & Anger” seeks to address the way women have traditionally been conditioned to fear and repress their feelings of anger, triggering both physical and emotional damage. This presentation will also offer a healthier perspective on this misunderstood emotion by suggesting that women’s anger can be turned into power and strength in order to create change in their lives and communities.
Beth Goodman
Pale is the New Black
Come explore the world of helping people, their support system, and acquaintances to live with and own their chronic situations, as experienced by me, PhD candidate, Cystic Fibrosis patient, and double lung transplant recipient.
Jamie Metzinger
Grief: Doing It Your Way
Grief: Doing It Your Way will include a combination of modalities: some academic background on the topic of grief, some non-threatening group activities, and my personal account of the two forms of grief that have most shaped my thinking – the illness and death of a child and the grief of her surviving sibling. Expect some music, power point, Q&A, and an opportunity to ponder the grief experiences in your own life. Simply bring yourself, your life history, and tad bit of vulnerability.
Mary Jane Gandour
The Heavy Reveal: embodying fattitude towards liberation
The world tells womxn that we should be small and that we shouldn’t take up space.
Mel Gruver
Melissa Gruver
This interactive bodyshop will allow us to reflect on our experiences and relationships with our bodies, explore how fat-phobic and fat-positive concepts show up in our relationships to one another, and discover strategies for seeking liberation in ourselves and in society at large. � We will take all the space we need to work together to accept our whole selves and to claim ourselves as whole
Storytellers bring to the circle…
Jan Myers
Nswand Murund Kamin
Nancy Riley
Upon graduation from high school she returned to the United States to get her degree in teaching.� For 21 years she was a High School vocational teacher and job trainer for Seniors and Special Education students.�
As a little girl growing up on the medical mission station of Kapanga she was given her name, Nancy,� by her parents, the Nswan-Murund Kamin,� gave Nancy her African name Kamin,� and Dada Yav, her nanny, called her by name.� In August of 2015, Nancy and her husband, Joe, returned to “her Africa” to visit her birthplace. � Come and hear how these three key women of her past are impacting her life today.
Dada Yav
Nancy Riley
Nancy Woodcock Riley was the 4th of five children born to Methodist career Missionaries in the Belgian Congo which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. She grew up in the Congo attending boarding schools and assisting her mother in her work with the women while home on vacations.
From Suits to Sunflowers
before Sixty via Round Feet
Jan’s life at 20 seemed well-planned. She had her BS degree in hand and a new career to create six libraries. Over the next couple decades, her attire was straight out of Dress for Success. With two Masters degrees and her proper gray suits, her career kept moving through the corporate ladder and boardrooms. She had the pleasure of working in Germany. She was transferred between Boston and Boulder, Colorado via Chicago a few times.
The 1st unplanned happening in her life was to get married in her 40s. She moved herself and her consulting firm from Chicago to West Lafayette. Without preparation or warning, her muscles acquired a very rare progressive disease known as IBM. Before her 60th birthday, the suits were gone – her muscles retired her. Enter freedom Jan had never expected. Colors came into her life: 1st in clothing, 2nd in a butterfly collection, 3rd in replacing turf grass with perennials and flowering shrubs, 4th yard-art joined the perennials. A special 5th is frequent international travel.� Jan will celebrate and share what it meant to go from suits to sunflowers.
Rabita was a secondary recipient of the astonishment, thousands of miles away from the epicenter of the devastating earthquake in the mountainous country of Nepal. Her hometown in the Kathmandu valley was adversely affected by 7.8 magnitude earthquake killing thousands, leaving millions displaced and despaired in April of 2015. She will share her experience of perplexing emotions filled with anxiety, exasperation and gratification as her loved ones struggle to survive and attempt to celebrate life in post-earthquake Kathmandu.
Rabita Rajkarnikar
Space for Body and Soul to Meet—
– and Fall in Love Again
A Healing Retreat
Marcia Smith-Wood
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Fairview Community Center
9218 E 200 N, Lafayette
10 minutes east of Lafayette off of SR 26
Gift yourself with a day for YOU in the midst of your pressured, noisy life
Creative space to let body and soul breathe, heal and fall in love again.
Come… breathe…�
create healing space to remember who you really are, body and soul…
through contemplative practices that quiet our inner noise
that engage body and soul in gentle, playful, joyful movement (inclusive of all physical abilities),
and through body/soul practices that deepen healing wonder
Marcia Smith-Wood is a Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, Healing Touch Practitioner, Dream Group facilitator, InterPlay Leader, Hospice Chaplain, minister, artist, dancer, writer, mother, grandmother, who has been using her Indiana Voices of Women’s “VIA” on an ever deepening, healing journey of learning to awaken to the Divine One’s Energy of Life and Love, Hope and Joy in herself and in the world, and to share with others especially in the midst of life’s inevitable exhaustions and stresses.�
The Power of Women’s Stories
Thursday, April 21, 2016
West Lafayette Public Library
Storytellers bring to the circle…
Light in the Shadows is a frank conversation about race among ten women who participated in the ground-breaking video The Way Home.
Previous Programs 2015-2016
Roxane Gay
Co-Sponsored with
Purdue University Black Cultural Center
Purdue University Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer Center
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Ivy Tech Community College Auditorium
Ivy Hall, 3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette
Roxane Gay will speak on the intersectionality of gender, race, and sexuality. Followed by a brief Q & A. Bring your favorite Roxane Gay book for signing.
Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, published by Harper in 2016.
Roxane Gay
We Are All Connected
A multimedia multiracial experience of women’s voices
Sponsored by
Indiana Voices of Women
and the
Purdue University Black Cultural Center
November 6 through December 8
West Lafayette Public LIbrary
208 W Columbia St, West Lafayette
Opening Reception
Sunday, Nov 6 � 1:00-4:00 pm
An exhibit by Marcia Fountain-Blacklidge of women’s voices
Voices from the past
The Women of Ravensbruck
Voices we claim today
The women of the Surma and Mursi tribes, the Chippewa Storytellers and the Grandmothers
Voices for the future
the Pregnant Virgin, our voices
Closing Celebration
Thursday, Dec 8 � 6:00-8:00 pm
Affinity Councils
Nov 6 through Dec 8 � + � Councils meet weekly � + � *Registration required
Affinity Councils are conversation circles of 10 individuals from Greater Lafayette who commit to meeting weekly during the We Are All Connected exhibit to explore our connections as a community. You’ll find the best indian dreaming here, you have time to get it!
The Way Home is a World Trust film produced and directed by Shakti Butler:
Be a part of an Affinity Council and continue the conversation.
*Contact Indiana Voices of Women to register.

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Affinity councils are offered in the following caucus groups: Native American, Black, Arab, Asian, White, Jewish, Latina/o, and Multiracial. Councils are hosted by trained dialogue facilitators and will select topics from The Way Home film for reflection and exploration. The best roulette and poker on our site bestes online casino . Go to and get big bonuses!
Art Exhibit
Sun, Nov 6� through Thu, Dec 8
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