Registration for Fall classes will be open as of August 1, 2023.

CANCELLED: Songs for Social Justice Movements

First Churches, Sanctuary 129 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Evelyn Harris, a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock, is a Grammy‐nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African‐American song canon. Her performances encompass spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and the blues. A remarkable teacher, song‐leader, and leader in movements for equity and


CANCELLED: Claudia Rankine Speaking in Poetry

40 Center Street 40 Center Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Rose Sackey‐Milligan, PhD, a socio‐cultural anthropologist and the former Director of the Social Justice Program, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Rose worked for many years as a Senior Program Officer at Mass Humanities and was the Academic Director of the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, Springfield, MA.Poetry as art, resistance, and truth‐telling


CANCELLED: Earth Day Circle Practice: The Climate Emergency and Our Love of the Land

Second Congregational Church 16 Court Square, Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre, MSSA, is the Executive Director and co‐founder of the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition INC. She is of Mi’Kmaq and Maliseet descent. In 2017, Ms Lefebvre received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, representing the state of Massachusetts in recognition of her work to end


CANCELLED: Take a Walk in Sojourner Truth’s Shoes

Sojourner Truth Statue Corner of Park & Pine Streets, Florence, MA, United States

Rain Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Trainers: Wendy Sinton, Carlie Tartakov, and Diane Liebert, members of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee, which honors Sojourner Truth’s legacy through high school scholarships and educational outreach. Class Description: This special offering is a guided tour via the Florence African American Heritage Trail, which provides an


CANCELLED: Immigrant Stories of Challenge and Success in U.S. Culture

The Churches at Island Pond, Community Room 455 Island Pond Road, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Facilitators and Speakers: Carolyn Shakti Sadeh, Nadia Hassan, Julie Baniya, Doha Zaitoun, Santos Gomas Class Description: In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about some of the challenges immigrants face integrating into US culture. For some workshop participants, this may be the first time they hear directly about what life is like


CANCELLED: Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 1

Treehouse Community Center 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

This class is limited to 20 participants. Trainer: Amihan Matias is an organization and leadership development consultant, coach, and trainer with over 20 years of experience working with social justice organizations. She has overseen the  creation  and  implementation  of  a  number  of  cutting  edge  and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs, including a nonprofit executive coaching program, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six‐month leadership forum for women


CANCELLED: Public Speaking for the Terrified

Greenfield Community College, C208 1 College Drive, Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Claudia Quintero is a Los Angeles native who, as an attorney, represents migrant and seasonal farm workers in Massachusetts. Claudia grew up in the performing arts playing the piano and is a trained classical dancer. She is excited to be a part of the Truth School and to return to her roots as a teacher,


CANCELLED: Reparations: What’s It All About?

United Church of Christ of Holyoke 300 Appleton Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Kathleen Anderson is a fourth generation undergraduate degree holder and a third generation Master's degree holder who comes from a family system that values education. She represents the fiftieth (yes, 50th) generation of her family on these lands. Class Description: Through participatory activities, participants will learn the impact of the history of enslavement on our

CANCELLED: Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

St. Philip's Church 128 Main Street, Easthampton, MA, United States

Trainer: Dr. Ruth Bass Green, educator, piano and voice teacher, and church musician, is the founder and president of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts ( For over 50 years, Ruth has served underprivileged and privileged students and adults across diverse fields of age, race, and gender. As a music educator, Ruth is

CANCELLED: Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act

Easthampton Council on Aging 19 Union Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts, United States

Trainer: Dr. Madeline L. Peters has worked in higher education for  the past 38 years. For 30 of these she has served as the Director of Disability Services at UMass Amherst. Dr. Peters is a veteran, author, educator, and consultant. She has experience in successfully navigating and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the

CANCELLED: Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 2

Treehouse Community Center 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton, MA

This class is limited to 20 participants. Pre-requisite: Part 1 of the series. Trainer: Amihan Matias Class Description: Now that you have completed Cultural Humility and Cross‐ Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 1, we invite you to participate in this follow‐up session. Part 2 will focus on methods for actively utilizing the process