Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: Third of a Three-part Series: How can we take action to dismantle whiteness?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Midtown Global Market, Lower level community room, next to the market office
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Directions to community room: Facing the Hennepin County Service Center, you'll see a set of double doors to your left with the market office sign above them. Go down the long hallway and through another set of double doors and down a short hallway a little to the left and then turn left into the community room.

Session 3 (You do not have to have been to the first two in the series to attend)

Having a healthy cultural identity supports us to take action in response to incidents that reinforce the system of race and whiteness. How do we help to create space for learning, self-reflection, and transformation in the face of these incidents?

In this session, we will continue our discussion of how we can support discussion and action to transform the system of race and whiteness. How can we heal these patterns of whiteness? What is a process for discussion that we can use to respond to incidents in real time?

Please bring any incidents that you have been trying to address, either in real life interactions or on social media.

Review of Sessions 1 and 2:
In Session 1 we asked: What does being "white" and "whiteness" mean to people who are racialized as white? We talked about how whiteness means different things to different people and is often conflated with culture. Whiteness, in many ways, distances us from a sense of culture. Some people associate whiteness with Western culture and European American culture -- some with positive characteristics and others with the history of oppression. Some people see whiteness as an institution which is, at its core, about superiority and power.

In Session 2 we looked at three cultural narratives that support whiteness (as a system that contributes to inequities and oppression), how they show up in our lives, and how we might apply counter narratives to have productive discussions and transform systems.

European American Identity and Culture Workshop

Next workshop will be held on April 27, from 9am - 4pm. Location TBD.

Register for the April 27th workshop by clicking on "Buy Now."

If you can't make it on this date, the next workshop will be held on June 15th.

Cost $50

Scholarships are available

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We ask such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of European American culture?
  • What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
  • How does knowledge of your culture help you to be in healthy relationship to those of other cultures?

Contact Janice Barbee at for more information.