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Racial & Social Justice Committee

Mission Statement

We stand for

racial and social justice in RECAMFT

and seek to

discover and remedy injustices

that arise within

our events, programs, and practices.

We are committed to doing this

through engaging in

ongoing education and self-inquiry,

and integration of member feedback.

We hold ourselves accountable to

RECAMFT and our community.


Committee Update 2020

On September 4, 2020 the previously named RECAMFT Diversity Committee met via Zoom and discussed group goals. Together we crafted a mission statement:

We stand for racial and social justice in RECAMFT and seek to discover and remedy injustices that arise within our events, programs, and practices. We are committed to doing this through engaging in ongoing education and self-inquiry, and integration of member feedback. We hold ourselves accountable to RECAMFT and our community.

Accordingly, we changed our name to the RECAMFT Racial & Social Justice Committee. We discussed how some committee members experienced the words ‘diversity’ and ‘multicultural’ as finite, inactive, or potentially complicit approaches to addressing traumatic ongoing historical injustices affecting our members, clients, local community and greater world.

We’ve held three meetings so far in which we’ve practiced accountability, kindness and self-regulation while directly engaging in uncomfortable re-examinations of our own and each other’s social lenses, language and behavior. Through open dialogue we’ve created a survey that is open through November 15, 2020.

Please do the survey; it will help us target our efforts. You can find the survey here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZM2WG3Z

So far, committee demographics don’t reflect surrounding communities. We have LGBTQ and Jewish members, all of European/Caucasian descent. We have no BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) members, though most RECAMFT members live on unceded Pomo, Miwok, or Wappo indigenous land (https://settlercolonialcityproject.org/Unceded-Land). Per census.gov, Sonoma County is 27% Hispanic/Latinx.

Our committee demographics reflect the ongoing impact of systemic racism. We’ve discussed the complexity of understanding that anti-racism work must be undertaken by those who benefit from systemic racism whether they know it or not. We’re committed to keeping ourselves accountable for our own education and not burdening BIPOC RECAMFT members with having to ‘represent’ or educate others.

With the above understandings, we welcome BIPOC members who want to join our committee and create change in RECAMFT toward racial and social justice for historically and systemically oppressed people.

Co-chairs Erin Wiper and Wowlvenn Seward-Katzmiller welcome questions, feedback and requests at erinwiper@gmail.com or wskmft@gmail.com.


Meet your Committee Co-Chairs


Wowlvenn Seward-Katzmiller, LMFT, Co-Chair

(707) 787-0402

wskmft@gmail.com



Erin Wiper, LMFT, Co-Chair

(707) 889-0257

erinwiper@gmail.com

Educate yourself! Committee recommended educational resources

Systemic Racism Explained (4 min)

13th - A must-see to understand how slavery exists today (1 hr 40 min)

Committee recommended books to join the conversation


My Grandmother’s Hands 

by Resmaa Menakem

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