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Register for the Bay Area Learning Circle: Star Power

Submitted by: LLC Staff on Oct 8th, 2013 at 3PM PDT


                                       Bay Area StarPower Simulation
                                                     February 27, 2014

We look forward to sharing and dissecting the process of this powerful tool with Leadership

                                             Development Practitioners in the Bay Area! 



Bay Area Learning Circle: Star Power

Date:February 27, 2014
Location:The California Endowment
1111 Broadway (7th Floor)
Oakland, CA 94607
Note:Brown Bag Lunch- Please bring your own lunch. 


What is StarPower?

StarPower, a simulation that can help participants develop new perspectives on understanding equity.  StarPower is a learning opportunity to explore individual feelings and behaviors as well as group dynamics regarding power and privilege. StarPower will deepen your understanding of self and the exploration of individual insight/reflection in the context of group learning.

It is not possible to describe the StarPower simulation in much detail without diminishing the experience and with that said because it provides insights about equity it can be uncomfortable, as is the case with many powerful learning situations.  For these reasons it will be both important and valuable for participants to bring a strong appetite for learning and debriefing.  It will be an opportunity for you to experience first-hand and help us to assess the application of Star Power in the leadership development work you do.  

What is the benefit of StarPower?

We believe that leadership development practitioners will benefit from exposure to tools and resources that will help us have constructive conversations about power with participants of leadership programs.  

Who should attend and how many participants will be allowed?

We are inviting leadership development practitioners and consultants who will be in the Bay Area on February 27, 2013. For this to be a fruitful experience we would like to have at least 18 participants and not more than 24.  We ask that all participants clear time to participate for the full 3.5 hours because debriefing the experience together will be critical to learning from the simulation and collectively figuring out potential applications.  If there is some agreement that the simulation would be helpful to your program, LLC and our facilitator would organize a future opportunity to train Leadership Development practitioners in implementing StarPower themselves.




For over twenty five years, Dave Nakashima has worked in the field of developing and implementing culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible educational, social and health services to culturally diverse communities. As a national consultant, he focuses his facilitation, training, technical assistance and curriculum development to build individual and organizational capacities in the areas of collaboration, strategic planning and cultural competence. He has experience guiding collaborative efforts with community based providers, county and state health departments, national non-profit organizations and federal agencies.


A partial list of his clients include the American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Brown University, California Department of Education, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Corporation for National and Community Service, Kaiser Permanente, Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco, Legacy, Monterey Bay Aquarium, National MultiCultural Institute, Praxis Project, Project for Public Spaces, United Way of America and University of California.


Dave holds a Master of Science in Cross-Cultural Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a fellow of the Coro Policy and Public Affairs program. He lives in Oakland with his partner Debbie, daughters Gabriela and Camila, surrounded by his collection of Japanese Maples and assortment of vintage “old school” audio gear.



Kathleen Rice, is an consultant, trainer, facilitator, and educator.  She supports social change agents throughout California and the U.S. She is also an Associate with Luna Jiménez Seminars. She brings nearly 30 years of experience working with college students, higher education institutions, governmental, non-profit and for-profit communities.

Her passion is supporting groups to engage in challenging, liberating, personal, organizational, and systems-changing work. Her style as a facilitator and trainer has been described as engaging, authentic, inclusive, calming, thoughtful, creative and full of thought-provoking questions. She uses methods that create opportunities for everyone’s wisdom to be heard and contributed to the group’s work.

Kathleen, was raised in Central Illinois in a white middle class, Protestant family with two college-educated heterosexual parents, until her parent’s divorce when she was 13 all of which have shaped her world view. Her formal education consists of a B.A. in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University, and the University of Maryland.

Kathleen is a member of The UNtraining: Healing Personal and Social Oppressions in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been a participant and teaching team member of the UNtraining White Liberal Racism portion of the UNtraining for 13 years.