Session 3: Mending the Broken Trust Between
Black Women and White Women
May 14, 2019

So much “stuff “ exists in the relationship space between Black women and White women. And we don’t talk about it much—at least not in the relationship space. Broken trust, historical roles, impact of privilege and oppression, disparate access to opportunity, perceived competence, status and real power—this is some of the “stuff” in the relationship space. In this session, our goal is to open up dialogue, in alliance with other participants, so that more trusting relationships might emerge, ones in which the parties understand how to demonstrate mutual care and respect.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Gain greater awareness of how to mitigate the role sociocultural history plays in relationships between Black and White women

  • Identify their personal role in dismantling the systems that prevent effective dialogue across racial and ethnic identities

  • Know the elements they can draw on to build more positive relationships across difference

  • Craft action steps to better engage with and support women (and men) different than themselves

  • Indicate their commitment to educate themselves further



Joy L. Wiggins, PhD. is a speaker, writer, scholar and facilitator who promotes racial and gender justice through compassion and open dialogue to ignite equitable, empowering and transformative practices.

Joy provides extensive on-site and online training for organizations, education (K-12 and Higher Ed) and corporations to better incorporate equitable and inclusive practices with compassion and open dialogue.


Joy received her doctorate from The Ohio State University in multicultural education, cultural identity and social justice. She works in the Elementary Education department at Western Washington University teaching multicultural children’s literature, literacy and English language learning courses. She owns an equity and inclusion consulting company that focuses on power, privilege, liberation and racial and gender justice. She has spent the last 20 years working on understanding our cultural identities and perceptions of how we navigate the world through our cultural identities. Her consulting centers around understanding biases, racial and gender justice, and women supporting women in the workplace.


She is currently co-writing a book with Kami J. Anderson based on her 2017 TEDxWWU talk, “Women Liberating Women in the Workplace” . Her goal is to facilitate transformative learning opportunities infused with empathy, education and liberation for all. She focuses on the power of storytelling to connect us.



Joy’s speaking entails her work around:


Implicit bias and Microaggressions

  • Her book, “ From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace ” co-authored with Kami Anderson and her Ted Talk , how women can better support each other in the workplace

  • Racial and Gender Justice in the workplace

  • Storytelling to better connect and cultivate relationships across difference

  • Developing an empowering and engaging social justice identity 


Classes and workshops: Many of the workshops include examining implicit biases, everyday inter and cross cultural communication practices to better enhance the workplace. Our mission is to create socially just, equitable and liberatory practices to foster inclusion and empowering practices for all participants. 
What makes Joy’s workshops different is her willingness to share her own experiences, missteps and learnings. Opening up a space of trust and vulnerability creates an opportunity for transformation and change. She also uses an interactive, discussion-based approach so participants can discuss what they are learning and clarify ideas that they might not otherwise have been willing to share.


One on one mentoring: Joy provides mentorship on how to be a better ally in social justice work. She provides a deeper one-on-one structure for individuals wanting to dig deeper into their socialization, allyship and understanding around social justice issues. This includes anyone who wants to understand the social issues of today around race, gender, queer identities in education, corporations and non-profits.

Kami J. Anderson, Ph.D. is an interculturalist, scholar and language advocate. Dr. Anderson has spent the past two decades immersed in languages and cultures.  Dr. Anderson has been teaching in higher education since 2005.  Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence. She has published extensively in both English and Spanish, and is the author of Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society. She was awarded the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Grant and is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for intercultural communication.  Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Affairs/Interdisciplinary Studies in International Communication and Anthropology from American University and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Howard University. 


In her 20+ years consulting in intercultural training, Dr. Anderson has worked with organizations and companies such as: Youth for Understanding, Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Clark Atlanta University, Sankofa Educational Leadership, The Exchange, and City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs - P.A.Y.S. She also worked for over a decade as an associate professor of communication at  Kennesaw State University.


Dr. Anderson is the co-author of, From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, with Dr. Joy Wiggins (Berrett Koehler Publishers, available May 2019).

NWDLS is Managed by:  The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI)


ISDI is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success.  


ISDI was founded in 2015 and assumed the management of the Northwest Diversity Learning Series in 2016, formerly managed by Archbright. Barbara Deane, the original NW Series co-founder, and Effenus Henderson, retired Chief Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser are the co-founders and directors of the Institute.  This is the 21st year of the NWDLS!


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(Please note: the order of topics and titles may shift slightly as we work with presenters.)

Session 4:  Reconciliation: Building Allyship Between Black Men and White Men, June 25


Session 5:  Grappling with Cultural Humility for the Intersectional Person with Invisible Disabilities, September 24

Session 6:  Communicating in Polarizing Times: Words Matter!, November 12