Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Resources for Hakomi Practitioners

Developing an awareness of cultural differences, examining your implicit bias, and learning how to work with diverse clients are essential skills for helping professionals. Listed below are introductory resources in diversity, equity and inclusion. We’ve kept this list short to avoid overwhelming you, in the hopes that you’ll actively consult some of these resources over time.


BOOKS

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menachem

Written by a somatic psychotherapist of color, this book offers a compassionate deep dive into healing racialized trauma in three specific groups: white people, people of color, and police. It also includes a compelling discussion of intergenerational trauma and its effects from medieval times to the present day.


Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor  by Layla Saad

This practical and challenging workbook will support you to engage in a process that’s essential for any helping professional: examining, owning and dismantling implicit bias towards groups that our culture marginalizes so you can stop inflicting (often unconscious) damage on people of color. 


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo

This book underscores the need for white people to develop the psychological stamina required to have honest and meaningful discussions about race-related issues, a capacity that the author sometimes refers to as “racial stamina.”


ARTICLES

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Peggy McIntosh coined the phrase white privilege, and first discovered the concept of “privilege” or “advantage” as a feminist studying why men had so many social advantages and privileges compared to women. Understanding the concept of privilege—even if the word initially stirs defensiveness in you—is important for all human beings, and essential for helping professionals. Peggy McIntosh’s article on this topic is a classic, must-read article on the topic.


Nine Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive by Robin DiAngelo

The ability to receive clients’ feedback about culturally insensitive behavior on your part in a non-defensive way is an essential skill for helping professionals.  This article will get you pointed in the right direction.


What Exactly Is a Microaggression? by Jenee Desmond-Harris

Understanding microaggressions you’re unconsciously engaging in, how they impact your clients, and how they point to unseen implicit bias and lack of cultural awareness is essential for helping professionals (as well as for all human beings.) This article is a good starting point in learning more about the topic. Another way to learn common microaggressions is to go to Google images and type in “microaggression images” to see people from different cultural groups holding signs containing common microaggressions.


Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive

The title of this article is self-explanatory—a resource offered by the National Center for Transgender Equality.


Avoiding Abelist Language

A list of terms that people with disabilities often find offensive and unsupportive.


An Incomplete Guide to Inclusive Language

Although written for high tech companies, this is one of the simplest and clearest overviews we’ve seen on how to use more inclusive, culturally respectful language.


OTHER RESOURCES

UNTraining  

This training is legendary in the San Francisco Bay Area and helps people to unpack implicit bias.

This group currently offers “untraining” in racism for four groups: white liberals, people of color, people of Chinese descent, and white Jewish people. The founder of this training shares principles in common with Hakomi and is widely known for being nonjudgmental, nonshaming, compassionate and focused on developing self-love.


Free Racialized Trauma E-Course from the Cultural Somatics Institute
A course designed by Resmaa Menakem to "somatically abolish White Body Supremacy in 9 generations."


Online Course: Healing From Internalized Whiteness
This 10-week online training is primarily for white-identified people; it's a trauma-informed, healing-engaged, spiritually-grounded, and communally-held approach to anti-racism work.


Podcast: You Can’t Resolve What You Don’t Acknowledge: The Illusion of Race

This is an interview conducted by a member of our Hakomi community, Sam Sebastian with Dr. Joel A. Brown, a diversity and inclusion strategist who works on cultivating cultures of belonging, meaning, and innovation.


Website: Mindful Diversity

There are several good articles and a great resource list on this website offered by Angella Okawa, a Hakomi-trained coach, psychotherapist and educator in the Bay Area.


Website: Robin Diangelo: Critical Racial and Social Justice Education

The resource page on Robin Diangelo’s website is chock full of wonderful, practical and accessible articles.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Considerations for Hakomi
A thoughtful article by Deah Baird, a Certified Hakomi Trainer from Portland, about the importance of practicing Hakomi with ever-deepening cultural awareness and humility.