2023 JEDI Champion Training Materials

2023 JEDI Champion Training Program

Day 1 Materials

Session 1: Science of Bias

Session 2: Medical Discrimination

Session 3: Inclusion At Work Session

Session 4: JEDI Cultural Humility Session – Erika Burnett

Day 2 Materials

Session 5: Creating a Brave Space Filled With Grace – Melissa Gordon

Session 6: Practicing Nonviolent Communication

Session 7: Group Facilitation

Other resources:


Melissa Gordon, Diversity and Equity Coach, Wellness Consultant

Melissa Gordon
Diversity and Equity Coach, Wellness Consultant

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Presenting the Session:
“Creating a Brave Space Filled with Grace”

As a DEI and racial equity practitioner, consultant, educator, social worker, and therapist, Melissa Gordon has 20 plus years of experience partnering with government agencies, organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and communities. Ms. Gordon has extensive expertise related to data-driven training, policy advocacy, systemic analysis, therapeutic interventions, strategic planning, and impactful service delivery. Ms. Gordon inspires our leadership, deepens our impact, and helps us challenge the status quo. Ms. Gordon currently works as a Diversity and Equity Coach in education. She also works as a therapist with Nashville Emotional Wellness Counseling PLLC.

Kit Canlas, Co-Director, Wild Heart Meditation Center / Facilitator, Nashville People of Color Sangha

Kit Canlas
Co-Director, Wild Heart Meditation Center / Facilitator, Nashville People of Color Sangha

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Presenting the Session:
“Practicing Self Care and Self Compassion”

Kit is currently co-director of Wild Heart Meditation Center and Vice President of Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). Her journey as a mindfulness practitioner began in her hometown of Houston, TX (Akokisa/ Karankawa territory) at Chung Tai Zen monastery. Since moving to Nashville (Cherokee/Yuchi territory) in 2007, she has predominantly practiced and trained with Wild Heart, rooted in Theravada lineage. Kit graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She is also a co-facilitator for Nashville People of Color Sangha and was the founding board chair of Asian Pacific Islanders of Mid TN.

Sabrina Edgington, Senior Director of JEDI Initiatives

Sabrina Edgington
Senior Director of JEDI Initiatives, ACU

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Presenting the Session:
“The Science of Bias and Discrimination” & More

Sabrina Edgington is the Senior Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Initiatives at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). In this role, she supports health centers and other health care institutions in increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in their workforce. Her anti-racist roots were planted in the deep south where she experienced and witnessed discrimination from the perspective of a bi-racial Korean American and daughter to an immigrant. She has been a racial justice activist for over 25 years and pursued a career in social work to address the systemic causes of oppression. Sabrina has 15 years of experience working with health centers.

Erika R. Burnett, Co-Conspirator, Women of Color Collaborative

Erika R. Burnett
Co-Conspirator, Women of Color Collaborative

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Presenting the Session:
“Leading with Cultural Humility”

Burnett (she/her), a midwest transplant, has been a long time Nashville resident, entrepreneur, educator, and advocate. Her personal commitment to inspire professionals, deepen impact, and challenge the status quo of service delivery is embodied in her role as master trainer, consultant, and facilitator across a variety of topics including strategic planning, board development, civic engagement, leadership exploration, and understanding/working across lines of difference. In 2018, she, alongside Co-Conspirator Nicole Kemp, launched Women of Color Collaborative, advocating, empowering, and securing resources for women and girls to work, play and build their way towards healthier, more affirming spaces while centering their identities.