NCBI brings people together across group lines including race, gender, sexuality, religion, age, disability and class. We provide training and education in schools and the community to increase understanding, promote acceptance, and reduce prejudice. We collaborate with public and private organizations to nurture leadership for social justice and provide opportunities for healing from the impact of oppression.
The National Coalition Building Institute aims to help us see what unites, rather than divides us, especially important in these divisive times. The nonprofit has been developing CommUNITY Conversations: Healing Division; Building Coalition and turning it into a series. The conversations provide a place to heal from the impact of racism, homophobia and other isms, and builds skills to combat inequity and make the community more welcoming. NCBI hopes to expand the conversation and include skill-building to address increased tension and growing discrimination and inequity in Monterey County. Using the award-winning NCBI model, they will focus on the impact of oppressive immigration policies and the increased manifestation of racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism etc.
Discussing one’s identity typically elicits strong responses from people; some are very comfortable while others cringe at the thought of sharing their lived experience with others. NCBI creates an environment where people from all walks of life feel comfortable discussing their experiences and learning from one another. NCBI builds bridges in our community by facilitating conversations around identity issues. NCBI’s work reminds us that understanding people’s complex experiences is a lifelong pursuit and that we are better off when we try to empathize with people.
- Eric Mora