February 18, 2013: Extraordinary Learning / 21st Century Leadership Newsletter

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Posted: February 18, 2013

21st Century Leadership Graduate Caroline T. Haskell, seen at the right in this picture, is a board-certified and licensed clinical social worker and the founding director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center who currently oversees all of Health and Wellness Services at California State University, Monterey Bay. She is also the campus affiliate director of the National Coalition Building Institute, based in Washington, D.C., and lives in Pacific Grove, CA.

Together with her co-editor, Ann Todd Jealous, a former marriage and family therapist with a long history of supporting civil rights (and the mother of Benjamin Todd Jealous, the current president and CEO of the NAACP), Caroline recently published COMBINED DESTINIES – Whites Sharing Grief about Racism.

This book begins a conversation that encourages self-examination and compassion and invites its readers to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created. Combined Destinies is based on the premise that for positive and lasting change to occur, it is necessary to open hearts as well as minds.

This courageous anthology posits that unearned privilege has damaged the psyche of white people as well as their capacity to understand racism. Using intimate stories, some from writers who have never before spoken of these highly charged issues, the editors offer readers a chance to explore their own experiences.

Praise for Combined Destinies comes, from among others, from Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University, and Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Congratulations, Caroline, for this timely contribution!

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