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About Us

ACT, formerly known as ASDIC Metamorphosis, is a “community of practice,” an empowered, informed, and re-forming community who engage in dialogue and reflection toward eliminating racism within us and about us. ASDIC builds capacity within organizations and communities to initiate DEAI awareness and to work towards social change.


With deepest compassion for who we are, and how we have come to be where we are, we seek to create just social patterns where hope, possibility, and true relationship can be realized.

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ASDIC Metamorphosis helps you and others explore your own formation as “raced” persons within the system of U.S. racism. Our aim is to transform your understanding of racism and white privilege and inspire you to help create a more racially just world.

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Our Story

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Margery Otto and I (Okogyeamon) began developing the ASDIC curriculum in 2004 with the letters “ASDIC” standing for Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles.  We believed that dialogue and storytelling could be transformative. We began to ask how one becomes transformed through a curriculum addressing how we of this nation have been racialized—that is, the ways in which folks from all ethnicities and ancestry groups have been socialized into an acceptance of racialized images and ideas about race that posit the natural and cultural superiority and virtue of one group and the inferiority and depravity of another group.

ACT Board & Staff 

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Co-Founder & Executive Director 

Sue K. Hammersmith Ph.D.

Board Member & Facilitator

Davis Parker

Board Chair

Paula O'Loughlin

Vice President

Ricky DeFoe

Board Member & Facilitator

Marquita Stephens

Board Member & Facilitator

Maria McNamara

Associate Director, Board Member & Facilitator

Liz Hacker

Associate Director

Paul Wymar

Board Member

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Wendy Vang-Roberts

Board Member & Facilitator

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