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November 7-8, 2023, Nashville, TN

Event Program

2023 JEDI Champion Training

November 7-8, 2023, Nashville, TN

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is excited to announce its first JEDI Champion training. This two-day JEDI Champion training equips staff and leaders in the healthcare industry with information, skills, and tools to build energy and momentum to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at work, while also building a network of peers and allies. Attendees will receive a certificate after completing the training. Registration is limited to 50 attendees.

JEDI Champion Training Program

Topics covered in this training will include:

  • The science of bias and discrimination
  • Inclusion and belonging at work
  • Leading with cultural humility
  • Creating a brave space filled with grace
  • Group facilitation and non-violent communication
  • Self-care for JEDI champions

Learn more in our new program.


The JEDI Champion training is a two-day event taking place on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on both days. You must attend the entire event to receive a certificate of completion.


Who should attend?

Anyone within the healthcare sector at all learning levels are welcome to attend this training. You are especially encouraged to attend if you are:

  • leading JEDI efforts at your organization as part of a JEDI committee or workgroup,
  • in a supervisor role supporting and advocating for diverse staff members,
  • coordinating or leading staff trainings related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and/or
  • leading group conversations to address JEDI-related needs


Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (Through Friday, October 13)
$250 – ACU member rate
$300 – non-member rate

After October 13
$350 – ACU member rate
$400 – non-member rate

The deadline to register is Friday, November 3, 2023.
To request payment by check, contact Holly Vanek at
To receive your ACU member promocode or to check if you are unsure if your organization is a member, please contact Sabrina Edgington at

Meet Our Speakers

Melissa Gordon, Diversity and Equity Coach, Wellness Consultant

Melissa Gordon
Diversity and Equity Coach, Wellness Consultant

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

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

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

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.

Operation Stand Down FacilityLocation

Operation Stand Down (Nashville Campus)
1125 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

See the state-of-the-art event space



A block of rooms are available at a discounted rate of $159/night at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt Nashville Downtown.

Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, Nashville Downtown
2613 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Please note that the training is not located at the hotel and transportation will be needed. 


Lunch will be provided on both days. Please include any dietary preferences when you register.
Beverages and light snacks will be provided throughout the day.


The event space is accessible to individuals with physical disabilities.


You may cancel your registration within two weeks of the event (Tuesday, October 24, 2023) and receive a full refund. No refunds can be made after October 24, 2023.
Refunds can be made for cancellations made prior to October 24, 2023. For refunds, please contact Holly Vanek at


This event is made possible with the generous support of the Centene Corporation.


For more information about this training, please contact Sabrina Edgington, Senior Director, JEDI Initiatives, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved at