Break The Chains Masterclass
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • Right now...There is a massive uprising in collective consciousness. 
  • Right now...Humanity is focusing on the systemic racism that’s etched into our institutions.
  • Right now...We see it. We hear it. We feel it.
  • Right now...We know it’s time to develop new knowledge about histories, cultures, languages, so we can be allies for justice.
  • Right now...We know it’s time to build new beliefs about what’s possible in life, love, career, and community so we can responsibly influence the culture.
  • Right now...We know it’s time to take focused action so that the impact of our legacy is one we can feel proud of, one that truly values the life and liberty of all people, and leads to a just, safe, and inclusive world for everyone.

The Time is Right Now.

Are you ready?
To know more…
To believe bigger...
To take action today…

If your answer is yes, you’re ready for Break The Chains Masterclass™: How To Heal Your Heart, Free Your Soul, and Take Courageous Action as an Anti-racist Justice Leader.

Wednesday, June 24
12PM-3PM EST
Tuition: $97

(one time fee that covers coaching and materials,
and a contribution to select justice organizations)

This is a class about moving through your fears of being seen, being wrong, or being erased, and reclaiming your soul so you can take courageous action in your personal and professional life and be the change you’d like to see in the world. Now’s the time. Are you ready?

NOTE: 10% of your tuition payment will be reinvested back into the organizations that are serving our higher good, right now. See the FAQ for more information.

Here’s a secret: There’s a crucial truth most people don’t know...
To create a just, safe, and inclusive world, first you must create safety, justice, and inclusion within yourself.
That means learning how to look deeply into your own soul, finding the monstrosities you possess, and loving those parts of you….unconditionally. 

When you haven’t done that, you get stuck. 

You feel angry and defensive. You feel bad and wrong. You start to doubt that anything can really, truly change. Or, you think that maybe you're just not up to the challenge of helping to create justice in the world.  

This isn’t a personal shortcoming. Here’s what’s going on:
What’s Breaking Down (in you and the culture) Right Now
You feel fear.  
Afraid that justice won’t be served and that your life will still be in danger of racist, sexist policies and practices, after the pandemic and protests are over.

Afraid of saying the wrong thing, being misunderstood, and being called a racist.  
You feel anger.
Angry that you have to fight to be seen, heard, understood as fully human, deserving of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness (and prepare your children to do so as well). 

Angry that you have to defend yourself and your views to people you don’t even know.  
You feel sadness.
Sad that you’re still thinking about your safety, and the safety of your children, whether they’re in schools, or out in society...and the vulnerability doesn’t end.

Sad that you see the injustices happening and are shocked that you didn’t realize they existed. 
You feel stress.
Stressed that you’re not going to get clear and confident in time to actually participate in what’s happening in a meaningful way.

Stressed that you may have to clarify what you’re experiencing, what you need, what you want, to people who don’t look like you and haven’t been through what you’ve been through in life.
You feel shame. 
Shame about how much you’ve struggled, how you’ve settled, how long you’ve waited, how you’ve hidden your real burdens, just trying to get by.

Shame about how much racism you’ve tolerated, avoided, and swept under the rug in yourself, your family, your community, even where you work and lead. 
There's also frustration. Exhaustion. Resentment. Judgment. Contempt. Confusion about what to do now, who to trust, what to say, or absolutely NOT say, when talking about race and racism.

All these emotions show up in your body. Headaches. Heart palpitations. Sleepless nights. Back pain. Knots in your stomach. The list can go on and it makes you want to just tap out and call it quits. 
What’s Breaking Apart (your ability to communicate with others effectively) Right Now
But, you're not quitting. You keep trying. Looking for insights on what you need to know and what's important to do. 

In the midst of the breakdowns, you’ve been given advice. 
You’ve been told that, in order to create a safe, just, and inclusive world, it's important to smile, act nice, and be polite. 
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This is a highly regarded mandate for being accepted as “not racist.” 

Except, this performance doesn't work. It doesn't stop injustices from happening. It only hides your true feelings. 

When we pretend to not be plagued by the emotional breakdowns listed above, we are actually lying to ourselves and everyone else.  

We can all feel it.  

So, we don’t trust each other.  

And, it gets worse.   
You’ve also been told that, in order to create a safe, just, and inclusive world, it’s important to practice empathy.
Empathy for people who don’t look like you.
Empathy for people who don’t know anything about you.
Empathy for people who haven’t been taught any better.
Empathy for people who don’t know how to relate.
Empathy for people who’ve been through so much.

A bunch of experts say that.

The issue is, most experts aren’t typically equipped to tell you HOW to empathize effectively and consistently, so you can actually see, hear, and feel yourself growing as a conscious, connected, compassionate, confident, and courageous person.
You’ve been told that, in order to create a safe, just, and inclusive world, you’ve got to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
Finally, you’ve been told that, in order to create a safe, just, and inclusive world, you’ve got to “vote and change unfair public policies and legislation.”
While voting is crucial to the democratic process and we need it to maintain the promise of a free society, in a racist, sexist nation the process can routinely be so flawed as to actually only reveal the social breaches in equity. 

So, thinking that your vote, on its own, is the most valuable means to creating a just, safe, and inclusive world, will result in shock, confusion, and heartache when you find still more legislative and political corruption among politicians you've helped to elect.  

And, it doesn’t end there. 

Saying, “I don’t see color,” “we live in a post-racial society,” “some of my best friends are Black,” and, "all white people are the same," will also not empower you to create the new world we’re all hoping comes to pass. 
How To Break In (to the connection we need for our new world) Right Now
So, here’s the deal…

You will not create a just, safe, and inclusive world by smiling, being nice, and acting politically correct.
You will not create a just, safe, and inclusive world by trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  
You will not create a just, safe, and inclusive world by using your vote to try and change the public policies and practices that hurt and kill people.  
You will not create a just, safe, and inclusive world by using trite mantras that help you to quickly and easily check out of difficult situations and intense conversations about race and racism. 
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So, what can we do to make the world a better place for ourselves and our children?

We must go to the
Big Strong Deep
™.
The Big Strong Deep™ is the cluster of feelings we don’t want to face when we think about race and racism.

The big emotions we try to hide in our private (and public!) breakdowns.
The strong feelings we stuff down when we’re alone.
The deep impulses we want to ignore because we are afraid of ourselves.

When we go to the Big Strong Deep™ parts of our soul, we are empowered to face (and fall in love with) the most complex, scary, unspeakable parts of ourselves and then, only then, can we be trusted with the work of making a new world.

This is personal liberation.

It can empower you in creating the clarity, calm, and confidence in your soul that you know is possible.  

It can support you in creating the focus, fortitude, and faith in your soul that you know is necessary.  

It can inspire you in creating the relief and peace in your soul that you know is invaluable.  

So you can be the change you want to see in the world.  

NOTE: 10% of your tuition payment will be reinvested back into the organizations that are serving our higher good, right now. See the FAQ for more information.

A Personal Liberation Project™ includes:
  • A simple method for you to identify one portion of your Big Strong Deep™ to meet and heal. 
  • A specific framework to establish justice, safety, and inclusion within yourself through alignment with your Big Strong Deep™.
  • ​A clear way to recognize your growing capacity and strength for life long justice work.

NOTE: 10% of your tuition payment will be reinvested back into the organizations that are serving our higher good, right now. See the FAQ for more information.

This is deep, profound, challenging work…
It's work that changes worlds. 

You Will Leave This Masterclass With:

  • A foundation for your Personal Liberation Project™
  • Increased capacity to engage in big, high level conversations in your community and household right now
  • Less defensiveness, isolation, confusion, and overwhelm
  • Tools to participate in this moment in constructive, meaningful, and intentional ways
  • A clearer understanding about white supremacy, racism, and misogyny, and how all of those things are affecting multiple people in the world, including you
  • Practical steps for staying in your own lane without feeling boxed in
  • Increased feelings of safety in anti-racist conversations and work in your community
  • Confidence that you are part of a path that is specific, meaningful, and impacting
Break The Chains Book Club

Develop The Knowledge Of A Trusted Anti-Racist Ally

Build The Beliefs Of A Dynamic Anti-Racist Thought Leader

Take Action As A Valued Anti-Racist Visionary

Here's what you get:

Here's what you get
  • 9 live, small group discussion sessions with Dr. Jeanine Staples
  • 3 live, small group discussion sessions with leading Black scholars, educators, and activists in anti-racism research, teaching, learning, and social strategy
  • High impact coaching that generates capacity to advance your Personal Liberation Project™ 
  • 3 months membership in a dedicated, private Facebook group with Dr. Staples and your Book Club cohort
  • Guided meditations and rituals to increase strength and stamina in justice work
  • A certificate of completion documenting development and qualification to take action as an anti-racist visionary
  • FAST ACTION BONUSES:
  • Platinum. First ten [10] Book Club members will receive a 45-minute one-on-one Strategy Session with Dr. Staples to outline your Personal Liberation Project™ & clarify the high impact/make a difference marketing and leadership plan for your ministry or organization .
  • Gold. Second ten [10] Book Club members will receive a 60-minute small group Strategy Session with Dr. Staples to outline your Personal Liberation Project™ & clarify the high impact/make a difference marketing and leadership plan for your ministry or organization.
  • Silver. Third ten [10] Book Club members will receive 3 free gifts to support their capacity and strength.
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Here's what you will learn:

Month #1
ROOTS: Develop The Knowledge Of A Trusted Anti-Racist Ally In Personal and Professional Life  
The first book we are going to study in July is Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Anti-Racist.
Ibram X. Kendi's, "How to be an Anti-Racist."
The second book we are going to study in July is Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America.
Racism Without Racists
All texts for the book club are available in audiobook format through Audible. They're also available in digital format on Kindle or paper format through Amazon... or your favorite book seller.

In addition to Dr. Jeanine Staples, this month you'll hear from special guests:

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr Uma Jayakumar

Dr. Uma Jayakumar PhD
Dr. Jayakumar’s scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education, with a focus on how institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures shape college access and outcomes and how students' experience and resist barriers to inclusive engagement.

Dr. Jayakumar's upcoming projects focus on addressing mechanisms of exclusion within current admissions policies and practices; and addressing the challenges of a trump-informed era of white fragility and racial backlash for advancing diversity and inclusion efforts within and beyond postsecondary institutions.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee's "2 Fists Up: We Gon' Be Alright", a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Mr. Sharif El-Mekki

Month #2
REVELATIONS: Build The Beliefs Of A Dynamic Anti-Racist Thought Leader In Personal and Professional Life
We will study 2 books in August. Titles to be announced.

In addition to Dr. Jeanine Staples, this month you'll hear from special guests:

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She previously served as Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves as the Executive Director of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). Dr. Zamani-Gallaher holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges. 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Tia Madkins

Dr. Tia Madkins
Tia C. Madkins is assistant professor in the College of Education and faculty research affiliate with the Population Research Center and Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Her research focuses on how preservice and inservice teachers engage equity pedagogies to transform STEAM + computing learning environments for intersectionally minoritized students.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Venus Evans-Winter

Dr. Venus Evans-Winter
Dr. Venus E. Evans-Winters is Professor of Education at Illinois State University
in the Department of Educational Administration & Foundations with faculty affiliation in Women & Gender Studies,  African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Evans-Winters researches and teaches in the areas of social foundations of education, Black 
feminist thought, critical race theory, educational policy, and qualitative inquiry.  

Dr. Evans-Winters is also a licensed psychotherapist and school social worker. Her most recent book is, "Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter's Body".
Month #3
REVOLUTIONS: Take Action As A Valued Anti-Racist Visionary In Personal and Professional Life
We will study 2 books in September. Titles to be announced.

In addition to Dr. Jeanine Staples, this month you'll hear from special guests:

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Anjalé Welton

Dr. Anjalé Welton
Anjalé D. Welton is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarship examines how educational leaders both dialogue about and address race and racism in their school communities. Other research areas related to racial equity include college and workforce readiness and access, especially for students of color, and the role of student and community voice and activism in education reform. Her professional experiences include coordinator of a leadership and empowerment program for urban youth, a facilitator of an urban education teacher preparation program, and a teacher in large urban districts. She is also committed to providing professional development for educational leaders on issues of race and equity.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Wideline Seraphin

Dr. Wideline Seraphin
Wideline is a Black feminist literacy scholar and teacher educator specializing in Black immigrant girls, critical media literacies, and social justice-oriented teacher preparation. As a critical scholar, her work explores how the complexities of immigrant status, ethnic and racial identity, gender, and language diversity intersect to shape the literate lives of Black adolescents in the United States. As an instructor, she works to introduce students to multiple perspectives of literacy to spark inquiry into teaching practices and disrupt restrictive ideologies of what it means to be a teacher and learner. In her free time, Wideline enjoys runs in the park, and is a card-carrying member of the Beyhive. 

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D. is  one of the most highly respected, accomplished, and influential scholars in the field of higher education. She is a tenured full professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies. Patton Davis is also past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Patton Davis is best known for her important cross-cutting scholarship on African Americans in higher education, critical race theory, campus diversity initiatives on college campuses, girls and women of color in educational and social contexts, and college student development and graduate preparation. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other academic publications.

WHAT: Break The Chains Book Club™
WHEN: Tuesdays, 9am-10:30am EDT
Starting July 7th, 2020
Through September 29, 2020
WHERE: A Private Zoom Room
TUITION: $4500

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Who Is Jeanine Staples?

In addition to being a soul coach, Jeanine is a Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at a Research I University. She focuses on dismantling supremacist patriarchies through research, teaching, and coaching. As a sociocultural literacist, she works to understand personal and public voices and stories to solve personal and public problems. She does this by researching the evolutionary nature and function of literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. Her work exposes impetuses for various personal and social ills such as racism, sexism, and ableism.

She loves to meditate way before dawn, work out like a soldier, and shop alone. She prefers rum to wine, jeans to skirts, and likes her heels sky high (except when she's wearing cowboy boots). Every year she asks her stylist to cornrow and bead her hair in homage to Patrice Rushen and Stevie Wonder (if you know of these artists and understand why demonstrating embodied respect for them is important, you can probably be friends). She believes in ghosts, fairies, and hobbits (for real). Musically, she vibes to old school everything (hip hop, R&B, jazz, rock, and classical) and especially digs Hildegard von Bingen. She trusts children a little bit more than adults, respects teens for their fearlessness, admires elders for their tenacity, and occasionally prefers the company of dogs to people. She's really getting into interior design and has a penchant for acquiring east coast real estate. She is also a survivor of multiple terrors in love.

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