Social Justice Today: From Awareness to Action

Building Powerful Alliances to Tackle Tough Problems

The mission of NVC Nashville is to learn, share, and practice Nonviolent Communication. We believe the practices of Nonviolent Communication offers beneficial and lasting results to anyone interested in, or working on, serving social justices issues. As a predominantly white, upper middle class organization, NVC-N wants to do its part to address the urgent challenges we are all facing.

Having a sense of what we don’t know, we’ve invited Dr. Roxy Manning to share some of her experience, skills and approaches learned navigating communities in the US as an Afro-Caribbean woman raised in Harlem. She’ll invite dialogue and experiences from the Nashville community, and weave them together while sharing about Nonviolent Communication, to illustrate how radical authenticity, and a commitment to learning the skills to work together for shared purposes, can build powerful alliances ready to tackle tough problems.

In this two-day workshop, participants will explore the following topics:

  • Develop daily practices to transform the way you relate and interact with others in support of social justice – in organizations, agencies, companies, and institutions.
    • Learn the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and empathy
  • Build skills for empowered communication to strengthen human relationships.
    • Learn some of the ways implicit bias plays out in our interactions
    • Explore basic strategies for reducing the effect of implicit bias to create strong partnerships and communities.
  • Explore how existing power dynamics and systemic oppression in North American society impact us — our ability to connect with our own and others’ full humanity
    • Understand why the distinction between perception, intention and impact is crucial when responding to conflict. Identify different responses that are effective when responding to each of these three areas. Practice responding to microaggressions.

Dr. Roxy Manning

Dr. Roxy Manning

Roxy Manning, PhD, Executive Director of BayNVC and Lead Trainer of BayNVC Leadership Program, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer. In addition to supporting clinicians and others seeking to improve their ability to serve clients from diverse backgrounds, Roxy has worked directly with programs and people working towards social change in international settings — including supporting former rebel soldiers working for grassroots peace organizations in Sri Lanka and artists seeking to contribute to greater acceptance of homosexuality in Japan.


Join Us

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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American Baptist College
1800 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37207



Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 12.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 12.5 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 12.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 12.5 CE hours of credit.

More Info

  • Moving beyond Political Correctness – Why Awareness of Inclusion and Implicit Bias Matters to You
    • Deepen your understanding of the challenges facing today’s communities
  • The Empathy Inoculation
    • Understand how the four steps of NVC can help reduce misunderstanding and bias in intercultural communications
  • Microaggressions
    • Develop an understanding of microaggressions and their impact.
    • Explore our experiences with microaggressions, both as receivers and actors.
    • Practice responding to microaggressions in a way that is authentic while creating the possibility of future connection.
  • Perception, Intention and Impact
    • Practice differentiating between one’s intention and the impact on the other in situations you bring.
  • Different Paths to the Present Moment
    • Use NVC approach to listen and support each other as we share our experiences related to discrimination and exclusion in our community.
    • Learn how to identify core issues for the speaker without either minimizing the speakers’ experience or “fanning the flames.”
    • Explore new pathways for responding.

Through this workshop NVC Nashville hopes to:

  • Examine, through the lens of Nonviolent Communication, the real wounds and societal messages we’ve received about race and ethnicity and find ways to heal from and surmount their impact.

We invite you to be a part of this two-day event focusing on Social Justice in Middle Tennessee.