FREC Shared Learning Community Circle

Join us at the monthly FREC Shared Learning Community Circle
where we share learning on diverse topics and updates.

Co-Sponsored by the East Side Freedom Library

Shared Learning Community Circle Zoom link

Click the button below to join us on the Zoom meeting platform every third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6 PM CST

May Guest Speaker:

Sangay Taythi

Thursday, May 19th 2022

4:30-6 PM (CST)


Recognizing & Dismantling Anti-Blackness and Racism

Sangay Taythi is a Tibetan refugee born in India who with his family immigrated to the United States in 1998.  He is an activist for the Tibetan independence movement and has served in leadership roles in Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth Congress chapter of Minnesota and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.  He was also involved in the establishment of Tibetan National Congress and is a current member.  Recently, he was involved in co-establishing the Tibetan for Black Lives collective.  Sangay currently serves on the board of AFL-CIO Minnesota and was recently elected to the board of East Side Freedom Library.  An Organizer for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa, Sangay is also the president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) of Minnesota.

April Facilitator: Speaker Bio and discussion materials

Beverly Bushyhead

Beverly Bushyhead

Beverly Bushyhead, she/her pronouns is an Independent Equity Strategist and Visionary. Bev is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and grew up with her tribe on their original lands. She demonstrates a rich equity lens and follows curiosity, activating empathy and asks illuminating questions to build greater understanding and connection. She asks questions that emerge origins of unconscious personal bias and connect across culture, ethnicity and race.

Bev is a systems thinker and gifted at creating innovations that inspire action steps toward racial justice. Beverly Bushyhead has over 20 years’ experience. Beverly is an officer on the Executive Committee and Chair of the Board Development Committee at Family Tree Clinic. Bev is a community lead for Transforming Systems Together (TST) a shared decision-making initiative of community and Ramsey County to change county decision-making by influencing priorities, approaches, budgets and program design. Beverly earned a degree in psychology at Augsburg College and two master’s degrees in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at Hamline University. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Threshold of Radical Reflection 

Now is the time for direct truth telling. Challenging conversations we’ve avoided could lead to a firm of storytelling that puts us in touch with our core selves and our humanity.  This humanizing factor leads us to recognize the humanity of others as well. 


Explore this style of sharing as we practice Radical Reflection. Join us in creating a context of connecting our humanity with promising methods of anti-racism. 


We will be meeting online using the Zoom link through the button below. Please contact us if there are any additional accommodations we can provide to encourage comfortable participation. All are welcome!   

Shared Learning Community Circle Zoom link

Click the button below to join us on the Zoom meeting platform every third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6 PM CST

FREC’s shared learning is a way to share ideas, stories, articles, videos, books, blogs, poems and more with others who are interested in learning together to gain new perspectives, exchange bold ideas and build knowledge. 

Can’t join us?
Attend a quarterly orientation/information session to learn more about FREC committees and programs.
Check out our Get Involved page to learn more!

FREC Shared Learning Topics Library

Please use this section to find previous Shared Learning Circle discussion materials facilitators have shared with the community. 

March 2022 Discussion Topic

Victoria McWane-Creek and her partner Shawn have parented two children to young adulthood, and she is continuing to build her legacy by practicing passionate compassion and radical acceptance and empathy for self and others in order to get through this thing we call life.  

McWane-Creek is the founder of Organization 4 Full Participation, a performance improvement and organizational effectiveness firm that focuses on equitable results through policy, practice, and situation analysis by providing strategic interventions that close equity, knowledge, performance, and skills gaps.  She is also an Art of Hosting practitioner, and Respectful Conversations facilitator who designs and facilitates workshops and conversations.

Victoria will be referencing the book by Judith Glaser – Conversational Intelligence. 

Here’s a link to a very brief video describing Conversational Intelligence, and a brief summary of the book.

February 2022 Discussion Topic

Speaker: Andre Koen

Chief facilitator From AM Horizons Group, active FREC member

Shared learning theme:
Black History – “More than a Black thing”
From these three point of views, i.e.,
1.  Carter G. Woodson – His hope for America
2. The power of dignity and
3. What White people gain from Black History


Previous shared learning sessions have included topics such as what does reparations look like, traits of whiteness and how they show up, redistribution of wealth and privilege, BIPOC farming and more. 

There will be a highlighted speaker and/or content to preview prior to each session for a more in depth discussion on the presented topic. 

The group will share introductions and review the FREC Guidelines for Dialogue document to be sure we are all honoring the space and care of ourselves and others prior to conversation. 

All are welcome! We are excited to have you join our learning community.