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 Big Idea
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