Radical Optimist Collective (ROC) began as an offering to guide and support individuals and small groups in racial awareness and racial healing work within the context of journeys to The Legacy Museum and Memorial in Montgomery, AL.
In time, these same processes transcended into deeper consultative, training, coaching, and facilitation work with organizations and companies. The heightened calls for racial justice that arose in the spring of 2020 following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many more prompted us to expand our services to include additional offerings – such as Immersive Journeys, Transformational Coaching, Racial Equity & Inclusion Strategy Development, and Affinity & Healing Circles.
We honor and acknowledge that each person comes to us with their own lived experience, ancestral history, trauma, and current context. As a result, we utilize an individualized approach within the bounds of group or organizational work. We apply these learnings into ongoing racial equity and inclusion strategies within organizations, and we help identify the systems that require disruption and rebuilding. Our methods provide participants with the tools necessary to challenge white dominant culture with every action and choice, especially with decisions about how we engage others.
Everyone has a different lived experience. Progress is achieved by meeting people where they are.
"Do with versus for." We always ask, "who's not at the table and how do we expand the conversation?"
Intuition & Empathy
Our team understands the feelings of others. Our safe spaces nourish vulnerability and expression.
Vulnerability & Emotional Courage
Racial healing requires intentional discomfort. It starts with having the courage to be vulnerable.
We believe change is possible. Our radical idea is the pursuit of solutions grounded in hope.