Vanessa Gomez Brake will lead a discussion about diversity in the secular movement. What does it mean to be a welcoming and inclusive community? How can humanist communities engage, appeal to and build up the secular movement in a way that draws on and celebrates the rich diversity of our world? What is it about the institutionalized cultures our organizations have established that create barriers against this?
Vanessa will draw on her personal and professional experiences. By weaving in her personal narrative, she hopes to illustrate some possible answers to the above questions. Attendees may be invited to partake in a small group activity and discussion, to help explore the topic at hand.
Vanessa is Co-President of the Bay Area Humanists (http://www.sfhumanists.org/). Currently, she serves on the Board of the North American Interfaith Network, and is on staff at Stanford University's - Office for Religious Life. Previously, she worked at The Chaplaincy Institute, An Interfaith Seminary in Berkeley. Vanessa holds a M.S. from the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University, and bachelor degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University. In 2014, she graduated from The Humanist Institute (http://humanistinstitute.org/)'s - Leadership Graduate Certificate program.
After the discussion we will go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.