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{Victor Lewis }
Leader in the Field of Anti-Oppression Diversity Work and Alliance Building

Victor Lewis is an nationally recognized social justice educator, trainer, and activist. He has conducted keynote speeches, seminars, workshops and "train the trainer" programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Leiws is the founder and Director of the Radical Resilience Institute. As a Progressive Life Coach, his work supports transformative change agents in improving and maximizing their emotional resilience, mental flexibility, and personal performance and effectiveness. Leiws brings a unique socially progressive vision to the work of personal growth, personal empowerment, and emotional health. This is the fruit of his 30+ years search for personal healing and social justice, and nearly as many years of innovating practice in using liberatory educational approaches to bring healing and justice to others.

Lewis is best known for his inspiring leadership role in the award-winning race relations documentary, "The Color of Fear." Lewis is co-author, with Hugh Vasquez, of Lessons from The Color of Fear, a four volume multi-media curriculum to be used in conjunction with the film. This is an indispensable resource for educators, diversity trainers and facilitators. Lewis also conducts trainings using the curriculum.

Lewis is also a contributor to the anthology, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film “Crash” for Critical Dialogues about Race, Power and Privilege.

Lewis has served as Chaplain/Spiritual Director at the Starr King School for the Ministry (Unitarian Universalist), a seminary of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. An ally in the struggle to end sexism, Lewis is a former member of the Leadership Council of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). From 1993-1995 he also served as Co-Chair of the organization.

Between 1990-96, Lewis served as Director of Adult Education at the Oakland Men's Project (OMP), one of the oldest and most respected multicultural violence prevention training programs in the nation. He is a past member of the board of A Safe Place, the battered women's shelter program for the city of Oakland, California. Currently, he is Co-Chair of the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute. An activist with deep environmental concern, Lewis is a founding board member of the Urban Habitat Program, and a former board member of Urban Ecology, Inc.

Lewis received his Master of Arts in Culture and Spirituality in 1987 from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality (ICCS) at Holy Names College in Oakland, California. He has also done extensive post-graduate study. He is a Neuro-Linguistic Programing Master (NLP) Practitioner, an NLP Health Practitioner, an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Advanced Practitioner, an AAMET-certifed EFT Trainer, a certified NLP hypnotherapist and a resilient and thriving trauma survivor.

Victor Lewis's anti-racism training was deeply transformational for our organization. His integration of social and cultural analysis, psychological insight, tools for reframing beliefs and assumptions, and methods for healing offers a path for profound change for individuals, organizations, and the larger world. I hope people everywhere can experience his skills, wisdom, and mentoring. Victor Lewis is simply the best trainer I have ever encountered.
-Ken Butigan, Director, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
"Victor Lewis is a man of extraordinary talents. He is an articulate speaker, a powerful and charismatic teacher and an inspiring presence..."
— Emory Elliot, Director of the Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside
"He is so powerful and candid in his interactions, yet always open to the possibility of transformation, to the possibility of healing. Absolutely dynamic!
— Cornell West, author and scholar
"He brings gentleness and rigor and an analytic political understanding which can rescue spirit, body, heart, and mind from institutionally enforced incomprehension about matters of race, class, sex, sexuality, and religion."
— Peggy McIntosh, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College