The RHA Way
Our core values are evident in our unique approach:
We ALL need racial healing. We welcome BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) allies and white allies in both mixed-race and affinity-based spaces.
We focus on being before doing. We center the why and how before the what and when. We believe that every one of us can create meaningful change when we approach healing from the inside-out.
We integrate mindfulness, meditation, and other contemplative practices to strengthen emotional regulation, self-awareness, and empathy – all critical for racial healing.
We practice compassion and self-compassion as necessary skills for unlearning systemic racism and cultivating the ability to “Love Anyway.”™
At the core of systemic racism is intergenerational trauma that lives within each one of us. Our approach directly addresses trauma and empowers us individually and collectively to move through these unhealed wounds to holistic wellness.
Racism is a systemic problem, and racial healing must happen systemically. This requires us to explore how racism operates through each of us individually and collectively at all levels of our society.
Meet the "RHA Trio"
Tovi, Sally, and Grace met in 2019 as they prepared to co-facilitate a session on systemic whiteness for the Educating Mindfully Conference. They discovered a powerful synergy that inspired them to continue their work together. In the summer of 2020, based on Tovi's vision, they established Racial Healing Allies™.
Visionary, Healer, RHA Leader
Tovi Scruggs-Hussein (she/her) is a visionary, healer, and award-winning urban educator with almost 30 years of leadership and transformation experience. She is internationally recognized for her signature approach of Leadership Do-ing to Leadership BE-ing and Emotionally Intelligent Equity & Inclusion. She is a leader in meditation, resilience, and self-mastery, having had a daily meditation practice for almost 30 years, and also sitting four week-long silent retreats. She is a founding adjunct professor of Trauma-Informed Leadership with an Equity Lens at Mills College, the National President for Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully, and has been highlighted by Mindful Magazine as one of the top women leaders of 2021 lighting up the mindfulness movement with courage and wisdom. Tovi cultivates conscious, connected, and courageous leaders world-wide. Visit www.ticiess.com.
DEI Staff Developer, RHA Co-Leader
Sally Albright-Green (she/her) is an instructional coach, and mindfulness practitioner and trainer. She has her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, is a Certified Teacher Evaluator in the state of Illinois, and sits on the board of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. She spent fourteen years teaching 8th grade ELA in a large ethnically diverse middle school, and is now a Teaching and Learning Coach at a K-5 Title 1 school in suburban Chicago. She has taken courses provided by Mindful Schools, The Mindsight Institute, Mindful Leadership and UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She began studying her racial identity almost twenty years ago, and has worked to incorporate her sensitivities about race into her day to day life in and out of school. Sally understands the idea that teachers and students will thrive, when stakeholders work to correct the impact systemic whiteness has on curriculum, grading practices, and classroom climates all over the country.
Grace Helms Kotre
Adjunct Lecturer, RHA Co-Leader
Grace Helms Kotre (she/her), MSW, is a certified mindfulness instructor and social justice educator. Grace’s passion for facilitating inner transformation and social change through contemplative practice informs her life and work. As the founder of Power to Be, LLC, she offers trainings and presentations on mindfulness as a tool for personal healing and equity-based social change. Grace also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and in the Department of Health & Human Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Grace has a background in community social work, human ecology, and trauma-informed practice, and she has been committed to a daily meditation practice since 2009. As a white woman, Grace is continually in the work of understanding her own internalized white racial identity, white dominant culture, and racism.