Jessica Havens is a Chicago-grown, Denver-based educator, feminist, cultural worker, public education advocate and racial justice cheerleader who works to integrate love and mindfulness into her social justice work. Her most recent teaching gig was at DePaul University where she taught undergraduate courses on racial & gender identities, power & privilege, systemic oppression and social change. Before her work at DePaul, Jessica spent over ten years working with high school students at Project Exploration, Kenwood Academy, the Multicultural Arts School, Francis W Parker School, North Lawndale College Prep and The Civic Education Project.
Her current work as a facilitator and consultant, with both adults and youth, is focused on anti-racism, community building and love-centered racial healing. Her 2011 graduate thesis was entitled: Of Heart, Mind & Belonging: Reflections on Anti-Racist White Identity Development. Over the past several years, Jessica has led workshops at Francis W. Parker School, The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Chicago Freedom School and DePaul University. Outside of teaching and social justice work, Jessica can't live without dance, people she loves, travel, avocados, or a sense of humor.
Custom-Built Workshops & Trainings
All workshops that I facilitate are developed in partnership with the organization, so any workshop would be specifically designed to meet the needs and desires of your school or organization. When requested, I partner, plan and co-facilitate with a training colleague of Color.
Community Building Across Race
A heart-based approach to multiracial community building and racial healing that I facilitate with my training colleague, Stacey Gibson.
White Anti-racist Capacity Building
As a Consultant: I would work closely with your institution or school to help develop (and possibly facilitate) a white anti-racist affinity group over the course of 6 months- 1 year. Questions to consider: Why are white anti-racist affinity groups valuable for institutions, organizations and schools? How do they support racial justice/equity efforts at both local and more "global" levels? While the term ally is often over-used, I think this article provides a great argument for the importance of these groups: http://www.urbanedjournal.org/sites/urbanedjournal.org/files/pdf_archive/56-60--Michael_and_Conger.pdf
As a Trainer: I can come in for a one-day workshop (or a series of shorter ones) aimed at: exploring white racial identity, privilege in relationship to systems of oppression, what might solidarity with- and accountability to- communities of color look like, examining the ways that racism is embedded in our everyday lives, importance of white anti-racist affinity groups