Course Description

Racism has played a role in the conception and delivery of American health care. The health industry has a well-documented race problem that continues to persist and result in widely disparate outcomes. This discussion will focus on physical health.


We strongly recommend that before taking this course you complete Implicit Bias: Interrupting the stories that prevent us from delivering optimal care.

Approved for Continuing Education

This course is listed with the FSMTB CE Registry for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.


Guest Instructor Sakinah Irizarry

Sakinah Irizarry (she/her) has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003. She resides in Saugerties, NY where she also enjoys a thriving private practice. When she’s not working or being a mom, she is a passionate advocate for educational equity and social justice. In her free time she enjoys Star Trek reruns and going camping. #BlackLivesMatter

Guest Instructor Meg Donnelly

Meg Donnelly is a licensed massage therapist, mobility coach and owner of NoVA Weekend Warriors, her northern Virginia based massage and movement studio that shares a name with the podcast/community tv show she hosts as well. Meg specializes in the unique goals of new-to-fitness and everyday athletes, but her studio is open to all. When she’s not working with clients, Meg enjoys her current role as a community college adjunct instructor, teaching massage in healthcare to the next generation of massage therapists. Through her personal and professional endeavors, Meg seeks to demonstrate through her own actions and activities that diversity, equity and inclusion matter. By continuously working towards those goals throughout our lives, we can create a more equitable world.

Social proof: testimonials

Highly, highly recommended

Megan Belanger, LMT, CLT

"This class raises excellent questions, provides rich resources, and sharpens the lens through which we all can view what lack in diversity and inclusion there may be in our massage continuing education courses and conferences, in our practices, and in our communities. Students are then given tangible, actionable suggestions for how we can take part in making change happen. So much information, so much heart - highly, highly recommended."

This class is long overdue

Noah Citron, LMT

"I was thrilled to discover this class: it is the only CE class I have found that openly and directly confronts racism in massage. The course provides an overview of where the industry stands and some hurdles to overcome (such as the overrepresentation of white men in leadership roles) and shines a light in the direction of progress. It gives a groundwork for thinking about change and then calls in participants to reorganize our practices and the industry as a whole around diversity, equity, and inclusion. This class is long overdue, and totally worth taking (literally every LMT will get something out of it)."

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