The introductory training, "Building a Compassionate Community Through Equity", will provide participants with a deeper understanding of diversity, racism, bias and equity. The training will provide participants with a safe space to learn, develop and share practical tools for identifying and transcending various forms of racism. The goal of the training is to support participants in knowing how to integrate compassionate, culturally sensitive, and equitable practices into their professional and personal lives. The training will allow participants to practice building compassion, understanding and community. Starla Lewis BiographyStarla Lewis is a Global Educator of Self Love. She teaches people how to see themselves, love themselves and use love to address life issues. As a Professor Emeritus, transformational speaker and the founder of C.E.L.L. (Celebration of Everlasting Life & Love) consulting, she lectures and facilitates trainings on life mastery, diversity, racism, sexism, and women’s empowerment. Starla’s 40+ years of research and experience in African American Studies, Oral Communication and Women’s Studies have enhanced her ability to engage diverse communities and inspire people to transform their lives. She is the author and illustrator of Sunkisses, a multicultural/multilingual coloring book for children and adults, and the Co-Author of “I Am: My Own Self-Validation”. Starla Lewis is a seven-time recipient of the Mesa College Teacher of he Year Award, a 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, and was recognized by KPBS as a local hero. In 2019 the San Diego City Council proclaimed December 20th as "Professor Starla Lewis Day". She has dedicated her life to teaching people love and life skills. Through her work she affirms that all people are: “Brilliant, Powerful, Limitless, Love!"