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Transformational Leadership institute for healing, liberation, & racial equity 

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 Institute for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity is an 11 month intensive leadership 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 Institute for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity 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, multicultural, and multigenerational 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, invite, and encourage applicants from all races, ethnicities, ages, gender orientation and demographic 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

  • National Effective Practice for Dismantling Institutional and Structural Racism

  • Adaptive Leadership for Racial Equity

  • Immunity to Change 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: TBD

  • Session 1: TBD

  • Session 2: TBD

  • Session 3: TBD

  • Session 4: TBD

  • Session 5: TBD

  • Session 6: TBD

  • Session 7: TBD

  • Session 8: TBD

  • Session 9: TBD

  • Honorable Closure Institute Retreat: TBD

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: $3,500 - $5,000

  • Sliding Scale for White People: $5,500 - $7,500

  • 6 Partial Scholarships will be awarded. 5 to Black, Indigenous and People of Color and 1 to people who identify as White.

    • To apply for a partial 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 Institute for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity begins with an applications process:

All applicants from all racialized bodies are welcomed. Black and Indigenous People will receive priority throughout each application review phase.

Notifications of acceptance for the Transformational Leadership Institute for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity will begin with rolling admissions until we are full with a total of 30 participants.

Leadership Commitment:

The Transformational Leadership Institute for Healing, Liberation, and Racial Equity is an 11 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.

This will be 11 full-day sessions scheduled from 8am-4pm PST. In order to be accepted you need to confirm your participation in at least 10 of the 11 sessions.

You will be assigned to a small learning and support community that will be required to meet at a minimum of once 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 strategies)

  • 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

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