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Biography
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African Americans
Film & Video
Internalized Oppression
Multiculturalism
Programs for High School Students
Racism/Racial Justice
Violence Against Women
White Privilege

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.

Lewis 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. Lewis 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 Lee Lewis and Hugh Vasquez are also available for joint appearances for "Beyond The Color of Fear" presentations and workshops.
 

Testimonials

"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

"Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis brought their years of well-honed artistry to Gonzaga University and engaged the entire campus community in much needed discussion and dialogue on the topic of racism. We invited them to visit after Dr. McIntosh's visit the prior year in an attempt to scaffold the learning. They very much exceeded our expectations in every way. During their visit they methodically challenged and supported the community as we entered into the abyss of the unknown. Very powerful and forever grateful."
 
 David Garcia, Dean of Student, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Whitworth University

"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

"Victor's presentations at our conference were a HIGHLIGHT of our national conference.  Everyone talked about him and what he had to say throughout our time together. Thanks, Victor,  for ALL you have done and continue to do to create the community we all want to be a part of!"
 
—Ruth D. Shepherd, Executive Director, Just Communities of Arkansas
 
 
Speeches

Now You are in "The Sunken Place:" Creating Transformative Learning Through Reading Popular Culture Using the Film, "Get Out"
This workshop will model a set of powerful, easy-to-use approaches to teaching and learning about the important social issues of our time through "reading" popular culture. Using Jordan Peele's groundbreaking film, "Get Out," as an exemplary cultural phenomenon. Engaging in collaborative critical reflection around the potent themes and memes found in this film and other creative works of art and culture can generate profound insights as well as richer "entertainment value." Participants will learn useful frames and perspectives, and iconic scenes such as "the sunken place," and "the garden party" will be explired in depth. Conversational "trailheads" and reflection questions will be identified and engaged in the service of increasing critical and historical awareness. Diverse themes including internalized oppression, white "cultures of resentment," the history of colonialsm, eugenics, slavery and its aftermath will be address as related to the film and the current cultural climate. 

This is Your Brain on Race: Understanding and Transforming the Interpersonal Neurobiology of White Supremacy
 
In this keynote presentation or daylong workshop, Victor Lee Lewis shares a vision of personal and social change at the interface of the struggle for racial justice and social neuroscience.  What can the new neuroscience, leading-edge somatic traditions and new "energy psychologies" teach us about how the "thought virus'" of "implicit/unconscious racial bias" and "internalized racism" invades and colonizes the nervous system and bodies of both people called white and people of color? And most importantly, what can we do about the racialization of the brain?
 
Lewis offers revolutionary insights as well as practical skills for transforming racial stress and trauma, healing the grief and anger of social injustice and supporting the emergence of a radical and inclusive politics of racial justice that serves the entire human family and life community.


Beyond "The Color of Fear"

Train the Trainers Workshop

Anti-Oppression Diversity Work and Alliance Building

Media
"What it Means to be American," from the ground-breaking film "The Color of Fear."