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​The Onion Dialogues TM is a racial equity and social justice workshop that calls participants in—rather than calling them out.

The Onion Dialogues is designed to help small groups build a foundation to openly address racial equity in daily discussions and programming. From boards of directors, to office colleagues, to community organizations, The Onion Dialogues creates a safe space to learn and un-learn while developing tools to keep race and racism "on the table" as participants and groups move forward through increased self-awareness and intentional changes in organizational culture, policies, and practices.

Digging beyond such important topics as diversity, equity, and inclusion, The Onion Dialogues probes our current-day use of vocabulary, examines our past history, offers a deeper understanding around micro-aggressions, and explores the dangers and invisibility of racism.

The program helps participants ask, "what does racial equity mean?" while exploring relatable examples of bias, equity, racial justice, and anti-racism to help support participants through their own unique learning journey.

Trainers Tamara Copeland and Amy Owen live in the Greater Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia area and offer this two-day program in person and virtually.

Like an onion, exploring racial inequities is a process that must be peeled back a layer at a time.  

What Participants Are Saying

"This was one of the most valuable workshops I’ve attended on racial equity and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend and learn from Tamara, Amy and all the attendees.”


“Great job creating a safe space for people to have courageous conversations.”


This was an incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking event. I hope you offer similar opportunities in the future. Thank you.”


“It gave me tools to talk with my colleagues.”


Rather new to me. I found it eye opening.”


“I hope more programs like The Onion Dialogues are offered and I’d like to support it any way that I can.”

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