Ways of Being

During the BEE Just-Us Indaba, Wisdom Circles, and Rituals . . .

  • Practice “Leaning Back” – White-bodied participants are advised to give space for Black, Latino and Indigenous voices to lead in communication, recognizing that white supremacy and colonialism are at the root of issues such as the Black, Latino and Indigenous maternal health crisis.
  • Wait for Black/Latino/Indigenous Voices – Allow 3 or 4 people of color to share before you speak.
  • Express Vulnerability – Include a share that shows your vulnerability.
  • Avoid Speaking After Other White Participants – Give space for diverse voices.
  • Keep It Concise – Don’t go on too long with your contribution. Remember, active participation helps co-create a supportive community.
  • Cultivate Cross-Cultural Humility and Awareness – Foster genuine engagement through deep listening, acknowledging that these crises are deeply rooted in historical power imbalances and systemic inequalities stemming from white supremacy, paternalism and colonialism.
  • Value Inclusivity – Embrace an environment that welcomes all voices and actively supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, while addressing the profound impact of these historical forces in discussions on maternal health disparities.

Adapted from Braided Wisdom

The BEE Collective