Session 3: Moving Beyond the Trauma: Innovative Response to the Differential Impacts of COVID-19
June 24, 2020

Preparing for our engagement

A personal note from Maurice

with your assignment 




Hello Good People attending the NW Diversity Learning Series,


I am really looking forward to meeting you in our Moving Beyond Trauma webinar! Given our current societal context, it might seem odd to talk about moving beyond something that we are still navigating at this very moment. We won’t be doing that! What we will do is reflect on how we imagine injury and how we imagine repair. We will reflect on habitual responses to overwhelming events (emotional, mental, and through action) and imagine innovations in how we relate with ourselves and one another when shocked by catastrophic situations. This will not be a lecture. Yes, there will be information presented, but we will also engage in exercises related to what we are learning, and I’ll be asking you to reflect on what you learn and how your learning impacts you.


We are all responding to the current moment and we will come to this gathering filled with all we are feeling and experiencing. And even while we look to innovative ways to respond, we will not be ‘bypassing’ the truth of what is occurring at this moment. We will hold our current realities while also imagining the ‘more that is possible.’


In preparation, I ask that each of you find and make contact with at least one other person you know will be participating in the webinar. This person or these people will be your accountability partners. I want you to be in contact with them before, during, and after the webinar.


  • Contact that person or those people

  • Schedule a short call or video chat and share the following:

    • Something about your current situation

    • One thing that is being particularly challenging for you right now

    • One thing that has emerged as a new possibility or that you are appreciating about this moment

  • Start occasionally checking in on the well-being of your accountability partners (text, voice, or email)

  • Make a plan to be in ‘real-time’ contact with them during the webinar (text is ideal)


During the Webinar I may ask you to share something with your accountability partner. I will also invite you and your partner to stay in contact after the webinar, particularly around innovations you identify for your engagement with yourself, your family, your community, or your organization.


I invite you to attend the webinar with open minds, open hearts, open hands, and some grace.