School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a multi-day regional convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders gather to engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives; identify the ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes; experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking; learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem; and strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors. Join us at the 2020 Bridge Conference from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020. 

2020 Bridge ConferenceThe Seeds We Sow, emphasizes intention in the act of reimagination. Only together, as a collective, will we solidify a new foundation that intertwines our cultures, values, and leadership to nourish all our young people’s excellence and right to thrive.

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Tuesday, October 27 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
More Than Being Calm: Exploring Mindfulness for Implicit Bias

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"Change begins with reflection, not deflection." - Dr. Chandra Gill

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity, and a step towards a shift in our hearts. Research shows that mindful awareness practices help us uncover our implicit bias and unconscious ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Drawing on the work of Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race, as well as other teachers, we will explore mindfulness practices to uncover our unconscious biases and thoughts as a stepping-stone toward change and growth. How can we care for ourselves in this process, which may be difficult, with love and compassion? This session will include safe spaces, caucuses, for people who identify as people of color and people who identify as white.

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Tai Velasquez

Director of Community Engagement, Space Between
Tai Velasquez is the Director of Community Engagement at Space Between. She is a Chopra Center certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor.Tai has taught meditation and mindfulness to adults in a variety of settings, including workshops for non-profit organizations, teaching... Read More →

Kim Armstrong

Executive Director, Space Between
Kim is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Space Between. She is passionate about how mindful and healing-centered practices can help young people and adults develop a healthy foundation for well-being.Kim has worked with teachers, student, and schools for about 15 years, 1st... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting