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Get Clarity.
Get Confident.
Get to Work.

Just Roots is proud to introduce

Beyond good

Become the anti-racist leader your organization and communities need.

In this 8-week intensive cohort program, you'll become radically prepared to overcome the challenges of dismantling white supremacy culture in your organization, and join a growing community of peers committed to transformative anti-racist leadership and accountability.

Before We Tell You All About

This Life-Changing Program...

Let's Talk About Who This is Really For

You are a white* organizational leader with no shortage of ambition and compassion who is tired of spinning your wheels alone, longs to roll with highs and lows of working toward race equity with grace and humility, and is ready to belong to a community of people who are just as committed to anti-racism.

Whether you're...
 

  • A seasoned executive director who has served your organization for decades, has seen it transform over the years, and knows that more work must be done to make it more racially equitable
     

  • A newer executive director who values DEI and race equity, is not sure how to lead on these issues equitably, and also yearns for mentorship and support
     

  • A leader with strong anti-racist values and principles who needs guidance about where to start and how to keep up a sustained, accountable effort
     

  • An executive who needs support letting go of perfectionism and overcoming fear of failure and ridicule to become confident in your anti-racism work
     

You are in the right place! We're going to tell you exactly how Beyond Good will give you the tools, inspiration, and unparalleled support on your journey to becoming the white anti-racist leader your organization and communities need.

* White includes people of European descent and/or those who are biracial and experience privilege as a result of your perceived whiteness.

By the End of This Program You Will

Understand + Embody
Your White Racial Identity
with Resolve, Not Shame

Foster Radical Resilience for Racial Discomfort

Learn to Decenter + Dismantle
White Supremacy + Racial Capitalism in Your Org

Commit to Lifelong
Transparency + Accountability

Built Just for You

We have designed this course based on years of experience serving white dominant non-profit legal services organizations and on the wisdom of anti-racism thought leaders.

Beyond Good is...

  • Entirely virtual using Zoom and other e-learning platforms
     

  • Live with real-time class sessions, guest lectures, and recitations (live Q+A sessions)
     

  • Intimate with only 10-12 participants
     

  • Experiential with focus on paired and small group exercises and somatic reflection and embodiment
     

  • Practical with emphasis on application of anti-racist principles into practice at your organization, including a final project that you can use in your workplace

Applications are NOW CLOSED FOR 2022 COHORTS.

We will offer more cohorts for white executives of legal services and other non-profits in 2023.

Fill out our Interest Form and we'll let you know of future training opportunities that best fit your needs.

Why a Program for White Executive Directors?

For years we have worked with organizations along their anti-racism journeys. Time and time again, top organizational leaders wishes for space created especially for them to be open and vulnerable, express their fears, own mistakes, and openly imagine what this work must look like for them. We heard you, and we made this course just for you.

 

Beyond Good offers historical grounding in white supremacy and racial capitalism, as well as opportunities for critical self-reflection, racial identity embodiment, development of practical anti-racist leadership skills, and commitment to building radical accountability relationships.

introducing our

BIPOC Advisory Circle

We believe that white people have an essential role to play in the work of dismantling white supremacy and creating space for something new to emerge in its place. To do this, white people must follow leadership of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) in movements toward our collective liberation. We can and must learn from BIPOC leaders and ourselves and each other as white people. In creating this intensive anti-racism program by and for white people, we sought counsel, guidance, and accountability from women of color who are visionaries in this work. These incredible people agreed to serve as our BIPOC Advisory Circle for the first cohorts of this program, and we owe them deep thanks for pushing us to make it what it is today.

ada shen-jaffe (she/her)

Lead faculty, JustLead Washington’s Leadership Academy, former ED of Columbia Legal Services;

equity and justice organizational leader, teacher, trainer, and coach

Kimberly Jones Merchant (she/her)

Director, Racial Justice Institute & Network

Shriver’s Center on Poverty Law

Elizabeth Nicolas (she/her)

CEO, Black Amethyst, LLC

Consultant, coach, anti-racism trainer,
yoga instructor, and attorney

Tanya Douglas (she/her)

Director of Disability Advocacy Project, Manhattan Legal Services; diversity equity and inclusion consultant for public interest programs

 

Whitney Knox Lee (she/her)

Civil rights attorney and anti-racist consultant

Our Unique Curriculum

We worked together with nationally renowned JustLead Washington to develop a curriculum that is unlike anything seen before. Each week focuses on a specific theme that incorporates:
 

  1. An historically based reflection on white supremacy and participants' white racial identity (e.g., history of US settler colonialism and racial capitalism, the non-profit industrial complex, white dominant culture norms and fears, anti-racist white leadership, leveraging positional power, and transformative accountability)
     

  2. A core competency of white anti-racist leadership (e.g., humility, curiosity + acceptance, abundance + nurturance, resilience + tolerance, racial embodiment, integrity, trustworthiness, and accountability), and
     

  3. Application to executive leadership in legal services especially (e.g., preparing for an organizational shift, white anti-racist organizing, personnel matters, transparency + accountability, dispute resolution, redefining + measuring success)

Our Spring 2022 Cohort

GET

on the

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  • 12 white* executive directors

  • 8 states

  • 5 time zones

  • Huge circles of influence!

Our Expectations of Participants

Energy Commitment

 

In addition to the time commitment outlined below, we expect participants to be fully energetically and emotionally present for this cohort. We know you are busy and have a lot on your mind -- you wouldn't be an effective executive if you that wasn't true. And, we also know that whiteness compels white people to consider anti-racism work as voluntary, charitable, or an undertaking to attempt only once the luxury of "enough" time and resources are available to devote to it. We ask you to resist this narrative, to approach this work as critically necessary to our collective liberation and survival, and as equally worthy of your energy as anything else on your plate. We guarantee that everyone in the cohort will benefit from our collective intentional channeling of energy.

Time Commitment

 

To get the most out of this course, we expect all students to commit an average of 5-7 hours per week (min. 40 hours total), as well as completion of all prerequisites:

  • Prerequisites:

    • Complete our self-paced online course Fostering Equity (intro to implicit bias, microaggressions, intersectionality, and interrupting bias in the workplace)

    • Read two books on white supremacy and anti-racism

    • Fill out our Anti-Racism Self-Assessment Tool
       

  • Attendance at all required live sessions (3-4 hrs / week)

  • Completion of all assigned homework (1-2 hrs/week)

  • Maintain a journal throughout the course (1 hr/week)

  • Active participation in community discussion forum

  • Complete a project of students’ choosing, working in pairs or small groups, to workshop a real-life issue that you’re experiencing or anticipate happening as you work to dismantle white supremacy within your organization

To illustrate the program schedule, here's what our Fall Cohort looks like:

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Cost + Value

$3,950 per student

2022 price, may vary for future cohorts

In return, you'll receive:
 

  • 30+ hours of live instruction from expert faculty ($15,000 value)
     

  • 12-months access to our online course Fostering Equity for yourself ($100 value), plus an exclusive 25% off discount if you purchase it for your whole organization (savings starting at $625 for 100+ employees)
     

  • Welcome Package mailed to you, including books, a journal, and other materials you will need for the course ($250 value)
     

  • Two (2) executive coaching sessions ($600 value)
     

  • Exclusive discounts on other Just Roots programs and services
     

  • Practical skills you can use immediately and accountabilibuddies you can depend on for a lifetime

Testimonials
from previous cohort participants

Erin Lovell
Executive Director
Legal Counsel for Youth & Children

You're not going to get a list, but don't worry. You're going to be uncomfortable, and that's a good thing. This program - if you invest your time and energy - will put you in a better position to act in furtherance of your commitment to anti-racism.
This is an ongoing journey, welcome!"

Nikole Nelson
Executive Director
Alaska Legal Services Corp.

As a white person who has spent her entire legal career in legal aid and who is now in a leadership position, I have spent a great deal of time over the last few years wondering where I belong and how best to use my access to privilege and power in the fight for racial equity specifically as it applies to the delivery of legal aid. This cohort experience, gave me the opportunity to explore that very issue with others who are similarly situated with the helpful guidance of an all star team of highly experienced anti-racist coaches. It is transformative and well worth the time and expense. If you are on the fence, just do it! You won't regret it."

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Dennis Kaufman
Executive Director
Legal Services of Central New York

For civil legal services organizations, especially those historically white majority, white-led, and white dominant, committing to do the work to dismantle the systems within and without is a daunting challenge. Our organizations are in various points along the spectrum of moving to race equity. The role of the leader in the journey is demanding. Beyond Good creates a space where leaders can learn from and support each other while facing the process of real organizational change."

Why Choose Just Roots?

Personal. Engaging. Dynamic. Inspiring.

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Just Roots Consulting, LLC is a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise that helps organizations be industry leaders in workplace equity, inclusion, and diversity.

As a social enterprise, we proudly boast a triple bottom-line:
 

  1. We are a for-profit enterprise that pays all our consultants and contributors competitive and above-market rates for their expertise and emotional labor.
     

  2. We are committed to preserving natural resources, reducing our carbon footprint, and supporting like-minded businesses in our choice of vendors and contractors.
     

  3. We dedicate a portion of our profits (including 30% of profits from this program!) to support leadership and entrepreneurship for LGBTQ+ communities of color.

Our expert team of consultants and facilitators is hand-picked for each project and program, always including LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and/or people with disabilities. We are committed to modeling radical transparency and accountability in our policies and practices -- something we ask our students to do, too.

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Our Influence

We are incredibly proud to have worked with over 30 organizations since 2018, offering transformative services from training to comprehensive consulting. Here are a few.

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