Deeper Change Forums

Deeper Change Forums create spaces that invite fundamental transformation. A change that is so deep that a return to the previous conditions is utterly inconceivable. 

Courageous conversations - grounded in peace, justice, and love.

Our Deeper Change events hosts speakers, artists and workshops to address and move us toward systemic change throughout our society, with an emphasis on New Haven. Events allow community members to hear from and learn with each other and with featured presenters who are working at root levels of for change. Topics have ranged from environmental justice to wellbeing, organizing to art as disrupting injustice.


Deeper Change Forums are open to all and offered freely. Registration is required and will open six weeks prior to event.



Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma (Pt. 2)

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

9:00am-3:00pm EST
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517

In-Person, All Welcome

Freely Offered, Registration Required 



On January 6, 2021, too many purported to be shocked as white supremacy paraded its violence at the U.S Capitol with the goal of instilling terror into anyone that dare stand against it. For Black and Brown communities who have sustained such violence against our minds, bodies, and souls for centuries, this was nothing new.


In the face of individual and systemic racial hatred, increasing anxiety, dis-ease, mental health crises, gross inequities, and general overwhelm in our communities is often met with the language of toxic positivity — that is, empty rhetoric of unity, hope, and justice that offer no substance or tangible refuge for the healing of our minds, bodies, souls, and the society in times of crisis.


Resting on the conviction that social justice must be grounded in personal wellness, “Dr. J” will work with participants to unpack the power and urgency of healing individual and collective racial trauma.

Jamila Lyiscott aka, Dr. J, is an aspiring way-maker, a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Dr. J is most well known for being featured on where her video, '3 Ways to Speak English,' has been viewed over 5 million times, and for her commissioned TED Talk, '2053'. Dr. J is the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award, the AERA Scholar-Activist & Community Advocacy Award, and the CIES Ernest D. Morrell Emerging Scholar Award. She has been invited to keynote at 100s of institutions nationally and internationally.

Dr. J's scholarship and activism work together to explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life globally. Her research examines the liberatory capacity of literacies in the lives of youth of color, racial healing, youth-led research, and the capacity of African Diasporic culture to transgress white coloniality.

Dr. J serves as co-editor of the journal of Equity & Excellence in Education, and holds faculty fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, and Teachers College, Columbia University.  In her active efforts to disrupt the bounds of the academy, she has also been featured in Spike Lee's "2 Fists Up," on BBC Radio, NPR, Cosmopolitan, NowThis, and many other media outlets nationally and internationally.

To register, please click the 'Register' button above or click here.

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All Past Presenters

Niyonu Spann - Dr. Joy DeGruy - Ruby Sales - Seane Corn - Climbing PoeTree - Leah & Naima Penniman - Lisa Graustein - Enroue Halfkenny - Charles Eisenstein - Jerry White - Barbara Tinney - George Penick -  Caitlin Breedlove - Ricardo Levins-Morales - Akaya Windwood - David Mura - Shakti Butler - Rusia Muhiuddin - Dr. Darya Funches - Aaron Jafferis - Lara Herscovitch - Hanifa Nayo Washington - JSUN - Terrence Riggins - New Haven (Be)Longing Choir - 2019 Dream & Activation Cohort (Katie Jones - Eric Rey - Thema Haida - Rachel Liu - Hillary Bridges - Raven Blake - Isha Vela - Robert Sheiman - Ro Godwyn - Finn Henry)