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title of the program - Healing, (Un)learning, Growing

Healing, (Un)learning, Growing

Healing, (Un)learning, Growing

A 9-week series built on the foundation of the taiko spirit meant to gather, (un)learn, discuss, and move us together towards a more racially equitable world.


What is “Healing, (Un)learning, Growing”?

“HUG” is a facilitated 9-week series to learn more about the history of racism in the United States, including how racism permeates current systems, institutions and policies. HUG will provide a space to reflect upon White supremacy and anti-Blackness within ourselves, our groups and our community. Using both the “Seeing White” podcast, and selections of works from primarily Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as a framework for our learning, we aim to move the needle (individually and collectively) towards equity, justice, liberation, and action.

Who should participate?

The application is open to all members of the taiko community, no matter your racial identity. A well-balanced, multi-racial group is extremely important to the facilitation cohort –  which is why we’ve chosen the words “Heal”, “(Un)learn” and “Grow”. No matter your lived experience, or where you find yourself on the journey toward racial equity, we believe these words represent a truly interdependent experience. Of note, we will not be recording sessions, they will be conducted in English, and we will be primarily focused on racism in the United States. 

What is the registration process?

In order to create an intentional, diverse group, we’re doing things a little differently – our process will include two parts.  First, fill out this initial registration form (https://forms.gle/T24e6JUr1cj5GpDR7). Our JEMPS team (a subset of the larger facilitation team) will review submissions, think intentionally about the make-up of the cohort (not only racially, but by gender, age, location, etc.) and will respond back to all participants regarding their registration status by Sunday, September 6th.

Is there a cost for participation?

Yes, the series is offered at a pay-what-you-can, sliding scale, $45 – $225 ($5 – $25 per session), and proceeds will be donated to a cause/s selected by facilitators. This cause is being determined by a sub-cohort of the larger team and will be announced by September 6th, when we make our final participant decision and ask for registration payments. Importantly, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds! Contact Jason Matsumoto ([email protected]) for any additional questions about funding. 

When is this happening?

Sundays, Sept 13th, 20th, 27th, Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1st, and 8th from 4-6 PT // 5-7 MT // 6-8 CT // 7-9 ET. 


Yeeman "ManMan" Mui