USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

AMCLI Coaching for Racial Justice

Tackling bias and oppression requires solutions beyond technical approaches to implementing policies and “best” practices. Creating equity requires an understanding of the creation of systemic oppression as well as the way well-intentioned individuals perpetuate inequities through cultural schema and implicit bias. In order to interrupt biases and inequities, we must understand how racial justice is an integral part of creating the just and sustainable future we believe is possible.

The AMCLI Coaching for Racial Justice is a program for AMCLI Fellows to learn how to use coaching skills to enhance their work on promoting racial justice within American Muslim communities. The program will provide fellows with coaching skills and an understanding of coaching in contrast to other capacity building methodologies. Coaching skills will deepen personal, interpersonal and organizational development on race-equity issues.

Who is the Program For

All AMCLI fellows are welcome. We especially encourage non-Black Muslims to take part in the program to bring coaching and racial justice to yourselves, communities and organizations. Those already involved in racial justice work will also benefit from learning coaching skills.

Why Participate

  • Introduction to coaching skills
  • Understand how coaching skills can deepen anti-racism work
  • Self-awareness of your own biases
  • Self-awareness of your own triggers and how you handle them
  • Identify how white supremacy shows up in you and your organization
  • Gain experience dealing with racial-equity issues through practice

Program Dates

The 5-week program will take place every Tuesday, January 12-February 9, 2021 from 10am – 12pm PST/12pm – 2pm CST/ 1pm – 3pm EST.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | Introduction to Coaching Skills and Conscious Relationships
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | Introduction to Parts Work
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | Using Parts Work to unburden White Supremacy Culture (individually and interpersonally)
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | Parts Work (contd.) and using the skills to look at organizations
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | Questions, Commitments and Conclusion

The topics are tentative and will adjust according to the needs of the group.


Zoom Video Conference

Facilitator Bio

Sarah Jawaid (AMCLI 4) is Professional Certified Coach and an organizer. Sarah created the Muslim Power Building Project to teach Muslims community organizing skills, and is currently creating a leadership coaching school incubated by the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Sarah wants to be a part of creating a world where storytelling, racial healing and transformation are pathways to freedom. As an organizer, she has worked to pass policies to improve the lives of low-income individuals. Sarah brings the technical experience of moving systemic change with the understanding that the most powerful revolution is internal. 

Section 1: Applicant Information

Please carefully review the information on this page before starting your application. Make sure to allocate sufficient time to complete the application.

Important Dates

Sunday, November 8, 2020 (11 PM PST) NEW DEADLINE: Application submission deadline
Tuesday, November 17, 2020: Acceptance notification will be sent out via e-mail
Monday, December 7, 2020: Deadline for receipt of acceptance forms (submit online) and program fee (credit card only)
January 12-February 9, 2020: Program

Program Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Are fellows from the AMCLI National or Regional program
  • Are committed to civic engagement in the American Muslim community
  • Hold a position within a nonprofit organization, government, network, media, or faith institution (paid/unpaid)
  • Are committed to advancing their community rather than simply advancing their personal platform
  • Pay a non-refundable program fee of $250 (credit card ONLY). Partial scholarships are provided on a need basis.

Accepted applicants are required to pay a non-refundable program fee to secure their place in the program. Credit card only. Please note that the program fee is NOT considered a tuition payment to the University of Southern California for tax purposes.

The cost for a six-session racial justice program can run up to is $2450 per person. Through the generous support of our funders, AMCLI is able to underwrite this program at a drastically reduced cost.

Section 2: Application Process

Step A: Submit your application.

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Step B: Prepare your application:

Complete the following short essay questions in a word processing program, then cut and paste each answer into the online application form (500-word max per question):

  1. How do you believe you will benefit from participating in AMCLI Coaching for Racial Justice: Using Coaching Skills to Deepen Anti-Racism Work?
  2. What is your experience in learning about and addressing issues of systemic oppression in general and in white supremacy and racism in particular? Please share examples particularly within the Muslim communities.

Step C: Submit your application

See the deadlines listed above in Section 1.

Please ensure that ALL sections are fully completed along with your essay questions when submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not reviewed.


If you have any questions remaining, please feel free to email us at and include your full name and phone number.