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Transformational Leadership for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity Institute

Racing to Equity Consulting Group supports individuals to center racial equity, healing, liberation, and structural transformation in their personal and professional lives. Our multicultural team brings more than 40 years of combined experience in leading and facilitating systems transformation, professional development, and capacity building, all while centering adaptive leadership for racial equity.

The Transformational Leadership for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity Institute is a nine-month intensive program designed to build and strengthen the capacity of multi-sector leaders to work towards systemic change within their respective organizations/institutions.

The Institute was co-designed by Racial Equity practitioners Bernardo Ruiz, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, Anita Garcia Morales, Co-Founder and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tami L. Farber, Lead Associate, and Tony Nabors, Associate of the Racing to Equity Consulting Group.

Who is the Institute for?

The Transformational Leadership for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity Institute is designed to support a cross-sector and cross-disciplinary community of practice from organizational, institutional, city/state/federal government, and corporate leadership as well as community leaders and organizers from across the United States and globally. This will be a multiracial and multicultural community that is committed to the advancement of systemic, structural, and personal transformation to ensure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are honored, valued, and dignified. We welcome and encourage applicants from all races, ethnicities, and geographic locations (please note that all workshop dates and times take place in Pacific Time).

Institute Purpose:

  • Create a courageous and gracious space where leaders are able to thrive by engaging in our full humanity and in equitable practices for healing, liberation, and social justice. 

  • Build the capacity of leaders to effectively and sustainably work to drive institutional and transformational change in our organizations/institutions to advance racial equity and social justice.

  • Engage in personal reflective inner work to heighten our awareness of our racialized bodies to create spaces where healing and liberation can occur.

  • Develop and learn the knowledge and skills necessary to dismantle institutional and structural racism in our organizations/institutions/communities.

  • Create and build a sustainable network of equity guardians with a shared analysis to advance racial equity for systems change locally, nationally, and globally by creating and operationalizing a shared value system that honors and dignifies our collective humanity.

  • Cross-pollinate ideas, share effective practices, and care for and honor our personal well-being and sustain our courageous spirit.

Curriculum Content:

  • Framework and Practice of Courageous and Gracious Space

  • Somatic and Mindfulness Practices

  • Critical Race Theory

  • National Effective Practice for Dismantling Institutional and Structural Racism

  • Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity

  • Immunity to Change for Racial Equity

  • Reframing Organizations for Racial Equity

  • Systems Thinking for Racial Equity

  • Organizational Analysis and Assessment for Racial Equity

  • Intersectionality

  • Levels of Oppression (Internalized Racial Superiority and Internalized Racial Inferiority)

  • Four Stages for Creating Psychological Safety for Racial Equity

  • Defining your Leadership for Racial Equity Why

  • Accountability and Responsibility

  • Courageous Leadership

  • Personal Reflective Inner Work

  • Effective Leadership Communication

Dates and Times:

(All Sessions are from 8am - 4pm PST)

  • Foundational Pre-Institute Retreat: April 16, 2021

  • Session 1: May 14, 2021

  • Session 2: June 18, 2021

  • Session 3: July 23, 2021

  • Session 4: August 20, 2021

  • Session 5: Sept 17, 2021

  • Session 6: Oct 15, 2021

  • Session 7: Nov 19, 2021

  • Honorable Closure Institute Retreat: December 10, 2021

Tuition & Scholarship Information:

We at the Racing to Equity Consulting Group center our work in advancing economic justice. Therefore, when constructing our fee scale, we have taken into consideration the hundreds of years of systemic economic advantage White people have been the beneficiaries of, creating pervasive economic injustice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  

  • Sliding Scale for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color: $3,000 - $4,500

  • Sliding Scale for White People: $5,000 - $7,000

  • 5 Scholarships will be awarded to Black and Indigenous People - 3 full scholarships and 2 partial scholarships

    • To apply for a scholarship: Please inform us in your application if you are unable to afford the low end of the sliding scale. Please indicate what you are able to afford over a 5 month payment plan. If you are accepted into The Institute, we will be in touch with you to discuss further details on our process for scholarships.

Once accepted, you will be asked to sign an Institute participation pledge and financial agreement, to pay in full or make a deposit, and have two post deposit installments planned if you have not paid in full.


To advance economic justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, we encourage White applicants to make an additional contribution beyond their tuition fee (there is a space to indicate this amount on the application form).

Registration & Application information:

Registration for the transformational leadership for healing, liberation, and racial equity institute begins with an applications process:

All applicants from all racialized bodies are welcome to apply starting Monday, February 1, 2021. Black and Indigenous People will receive priority throughout each application review phase.

Applications will be reviewed in the following order:​

  • March 7th - 14th:  Black and Indigenous applicants 

  • March 14th - 21st: People of Color applicants

  • March 21st - 28th: White applicants

Notifications of acceptance for the Transformational Leadership for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity Institute will begin on March 31, 2021 with rolling admissions until we are full with a total of 35 participants.

Leadership Commitment:

The Transformational Leadership for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity institute is a nine-month cohort-based leadership program. The Institute is designed to provide a holistic approach for Leadership Development to advance racial equity and social justice. This program is centered in a whole body approach that honors our personal and collective well-being and sustains our courageous spirits.

There will be nine full-day sessions scheduled from 8am-4pm PST. In order to be accepted you need to confirm your participation in at least eight of the nine sessions.

You will be assigned to a small learning and support community that will be expected to meet at a minimum of two times per month in between sessions. These small learning communities are designed for participants to enhance learning and engage in deeper reflection and examination of their leadership practices for racial equity. These groups also serve as a system of accountability.

All participants will be given monthly assignments to implement learning in the context of our personal and professional practices. 

CEU Offering:

We are currently in the process of completing the necessary requirements to be able to offer Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, Health Care Providers, and Educators. We hope to confirm by early March.

As part of this program you will receive:

  • Welcome Packet

  • Institute Curriculum (including all slide decks and corresponding activities)

  • Resource Tool Kit

  • Access to a Community Garden for Resource Sharing

  • Resources for Somatic and Mindfulness Practices

  • Discounts for Executive Coaching and R2E workshops

  • Lifetime Access to R2E Resource Database