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Cross-Racial Friendships, Anti-Racism Organizing, and the Commitment to Keeping On Keeping On: A Conversation with Amihan Matias and Andrea Ayvazian

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


This class has been postponed to April 25 at 7:00 PM.

Join us as two movement activists who have been working on racial justice issues for decades and been friends for 15 years talk about their work, their lives, and their friendship. Listen in while Moderator Mehlaqa Samdani asks Amihan and Andrea about what helps them keep going after decades of organizing and how their friendship has sustained them since they first connected in 2007. Expect these two activists and friends to be open, frank, and revealing as they discuss their struggles, triumphs, and joys over the years. There will be plenty of time for class participants to join in the conversation with questions, reflections, and strategies for going forward through good times and hard times.



photo of Amihan Matias

Amihan Jennifer Matias is the Associate Director of the Truth School. She is a racial equity and organization and leadership development consultant, coach and trainer. Amihan is the founder of several nationally recognized leadership development programs, including a nonprofit executive coaching program supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and a six-month leadership forum for womxn of color leaders called And Still We Rise.

photo of Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian

Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian is a life-long activist for racial equity and peace, social, and economic justice; Founder and Director of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership; and a member of the Ministerial Team of the Alden Baptist Church in Springfield, MA.

photo of Mehlaqa Samdani

Mehlaqa Samdani is the founder and director of Critical Connections, a non-profit organization in western Massachusetts that educates the larger public on issues related to American-Muslims and other targeted communities. Critical Connections focuses on issues of Islamophobia, national security, civil rights and liberties, and U.S. foreign policy, among others, through regular panel discussions and the production of a community television show in partnership with Amherst Media.


April 25
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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