As human beings, regardless of race, class, gender, or myriad other differences among us, we each need safety, connection, respect, and to be heard. It’s hard to stay open and welcoming of perspectives that differ from our own. 

This workshop inspires and empowers participants to grow and engage in activities that:
- Honor human diversity
- Promote cultural self-awareness and understanding
- Engage in cross-cultural learning activities to gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of ethnic and cultural groups
- Examine historical and institutional power of the “isms” - racism, sexism, classism, etc.

Upcoming Trainings:

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, September - TBD
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 2:00-5:00 pm
Course Fee: $75
Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations made more than 4 weeks in advance of the first session are eligible for a full refund.  Cancellations made within 4 weeks of the first session, will not be eligible for a refund but may be able to transfer registration to a future training, pending space availability.
Contact 360.676.0122 or email


Instructor - Julie Mauermann has worked in the early childhood education field for 30 years, implementing programming in public school, community college, and public library settings with a focus on lifting up equity and increasing inclusion of all young children and their families. Julie works at the Bellingham Library as a children’s library specialist, and also works as an equity and early childhood consultant. She is a senior trainer for the REACH Center and is dedicated to reflective and shared learning to address inequity.


Instructor Monica Koller earned a MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University and has been leading conversations about inclusion and equity since 2011. She has worked in nonprofit, higher education, government, and coalition settings. An East Bay, CA native, Monica moved to WA in 2011. She enjoys facilitating intercultural learning through activities, conversations, and workshops with families and organizations. In 2017 she established Connecting Community, LLC and is excited to continue engaging in courageous conversations.


For more than 30 years the REACH Center, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization, has positioned itself as one of the most respected establishments to provide cultural diversity services. The Center specializes in providing these services to agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The REACH Center is able to carry out its work through the utilization of its cadre of nationally certified trainers. There are over 250 nationally certified REACH trainers located throughout the United States and Australia who have established records in public speaking, group facilitation, program and curriculum development, as well as conducted research and training in the area of multicultural education and ethnic history