For years, I have witnessed the many ways that anti-Black racism, epistemic violence, and racial trauma rob students of truly educational experiences. While many of you are focused on your growth and development, you are often summoned to help forge anti-racist practices at your institutions; summoned by your own pain or by the reality of the scarcity of voices like yours on your campus. Restshops in this series aim to offer you an experience of radical rest and empowerment as you continue on your journey.
The term NamaSlay is a term created by Dr. Kyra Shahid as a merger of the Hindu term “Namaste” meaning, "I bow to the divine in you" and the slang term “slay” meaning, “greatly impress or achieve.” Combined, the term Namaslay means: To find rest in the truth of who you are; to slay with ease; to present your full self with the confidence, conviction, and matter-of-fact-ness with which you were created; the spiritual connection between women in which the slay in me, recognizes the slay in you.
Custom empowerment retreats are half/day or longer experiences that include a series of tailored healing-centered programs designed to provide and generate radical rest and restoration for Black college students. These retreats vary in size, location, and modalities.