Race Institute Staff

Deidre Ashton, Facilitator


Sarah Halley, Facilitator and Co-Founder of the Race Institute

Sarah Halley is an organizational development consultant and experiential educator with 18 years experience, working primarily on team building, leadership development, inclusive strategic planning, and diversity/cultural competence. She co-facilitates a series of workshops for White People Confronting Racism, based out of Training for Change, a grass roots, nonprofit training center in Philadelphia dedicated to global social change. Sarah is also the founder and co-director of Playback for Change, a multiracial improvisational theatre troupe that uses playback theatre as a vehicle for social change, and is an international leader and trainer in the international Playback Theatre movement. Sarah also has a background in engineering and spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in the Philadelphia area.

Ali Michael, Ph.D., Facilitator, Co-Founder and Director of the Race Institute

Ali Michael is the Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  She holds a PhD in Teacher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College. In her role at the center, Ali works as a consultant and facilitator in both independent and public schools nationally. She is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness and Inquiry in Education (Teachers College Press, 2015) and co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice (Stylus Press, 2015).  Ali believes that the skills required for racial competence should not be elusive, but can be learned and practiced. Her current research focuses on supporting White teachers to mitigate the unintentional, pervasive effects of institutional and individual racism. She also studies how White families racially socialize their children. For more information, see www.alimichael.org.  You can contact Ali at micallis@upenn.edu.

Juanita Miller, Race Institute Administrator
Toni Williamson, Facilitator
In Memoriam, Frederick V. Bryant, Ph.D., Co-Founder of the Race Institute

Frederick Bryant was an organizational development practitioner, with an extensive background in individual, group and organizational change. He served in various roles such as management consultant, trainer, researcher and executive coach with non-profit, public sector, and Fortune 500 enterprises. As an adult educator he taught Understanding Group Dynamics at Temple University, and currently teaches Human Systems’ Diagnosis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Frederick had a distinctive competence in across race dialogue and diversity and inclusion interventions. He developed an award winning professional development program for African Americans. He led two long-term culture change efforts that resulted in these organizations receiving the coveted NAACP award for exceptional improvement in race relations. Dr. Bryant facilitated experiential workshops for People of Color, supporting participants to become better able to recognize internalized racism and learn to diminish it in their lives, both personally and professionally. Frederick was a co-founder of the Race Institute, and a lead facilitator for three years.  His imprint on the institute will endure as long as the institute does.