Passing the Word Along: “What does Nonviolent Communication (NVC) have to contribute to the struggle for racial justice?”

Passing the word along for this free call on NVC and racial justice for anyone wanting to connect on this together over the phone. I experienced both trainers on diversity work and I hope this is of service!

” Freddie Gray. Eric Garner. Michael Brown.

With tragedy after tragedy unfolding in the news, many of us are stunned and heartbroken, at a loss to find a way forward toward creating a world where, truly, everyone’s needs matter.

What does Nonviolent Communication (NVC) have to contribute to the struggle for racial justice?

What light can it shed upon how cultural conditioning keeps us stuck, reinforcing dynamics of oppression, even as we act or speak out against it? And how can NVC inform the approach of well-meaning white people who unintentionally offend in their desire to act as allies against racism?”

Join NVC trainers Edmundo Norte and Marina Smerling for this free, one-hour dialogue Friday May 8th, from 5-6pm Pacific, to support people of color and white folks alike in finding an empathy-based approach to racial healing and justice in these turbulent times.


Friday, May 8, 5-6pm Pacific Time

All you need is a telephone 🙂


Edmundo Norte serves as the Dean of Intercultural and International Studies at De Anza College and is a national consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and transformative leadership, conducting workshops on “A Human Development Approach to Transforming Power, Perceptions, and Society,” an empathy-focused way of engaging in anti-racist, social justice work.

Marina Smerling is a collaborative trainer with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and a former attorney who brings a long-standing interest in the interplay between shame, NVC, and white allyship to the conversation and movment for racial justice. Along with Edmundo, she is a member of the training team of the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Retreat.

This free call is offered by the members of the training team of the annual Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Retreat. Join us July 19-26 for even more in-depth exploration of how we are impacted by dynamics of oppression and how we can work towards social justice for all.