Community Connection Workshops

The City of Hendersonville has announced a series of community connection workshops being held in July. The workshops are co-sponsored by local organizations and aim to foster community connections and understanding between all community members. Additional workshop meetings taking place in August will be announced at a later date. Please find topics and meeting details below. 


July Community Connection Workshops 

Monday | July 17th, 2023 | 5:30 pm  
Hendersonville City Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room | 160 6th Avenue E. 
Co-Sponsored with El Centro

THE DOUBLE-SIDED COIN OF IDENTITY: This workshop challenges participants to identify, analyze and advance their personal and public expressions of identity. The activity is meant to place participants in thought-provoking situations where they evaluate and select between personally-meaningful identifiers related to social perception, community expectation and autonomy. 


Tuesday | July 18th, 2023 | 4:00 pm 
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce | 204 Kanuga Rd. 
Co-Sponsored with The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Hendersonville 

THE BUSINESS OF IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION: This engaging and thought-provoking interactive workshop explores the concepts of message permeation, cultural perception and corporate identity. Participants will examine the complex and nuanced role of implicit association within foundational business processes and will be able to develop professional practices based upon proven critical/social reasoning. 


Wednesday | July 19th, 2023 | 10:00 am 
Hendersonville YMCA | 810 6th Avenue W. 
Co-Sponsored with The Hendersonville YMCA 

LET'S LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT DIVERSITY: This workshop will examine historical and contemporary issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, culture, and other dimensions of diversity from a local and regional perspective. This workshop will also analyze the causes and consequences of discrimination, oppression, and power dynamics within society. The workshop aims to develop participant's awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion-based practices that hold meaningful significance to the Hendersonville community. 


Wednesday | July 19th, 2023 | 4:00 pm 
Henderson County Public Library | 301 N. Washington St. 
Co-Sponsored with Thrive 

MY JOURNEY IS MY REALITY: This workshop requires participants to complete a seemingly ordinary series of activities where they are challenged to confront and critically evaluate their own prevailing principles related to personal bias, agency and perception. Participants will be tasked with identifying and scrutinizing fundamental beliefs of identity, membership and bias, while developing personal mechanisms and demonstrative tools to address types of unconscious biases (affinity bias, conformity bias, confirmation bias, attribution bias, etc.) 


Wednesday | July 19th, 2023 | 6:00 pm 
Hendersonville Police Department | 630 Ashe St. 
Co-Sponsored with The Hendersonville Police Department 

WE ARE ALL PROTECTED. WE ARE ALL SERVED. This experiential workshop was developed to challenge fervently held beliefs, practices and messages associated with membership and belonging. The workshop elicits serious reflection and analysis on stereotype and prejudice, while beginning a conversation and deepening our capacity to understand how we live, how we learn, and how we relate to members of our Hendersonville community. 


Hendersonville Community Connection Workshops are based upon the conviction that the perspectives, lived experiences and expectations of all community members are fundamentally essential to transformational and sustainable positive change. The scope and direction of the workshops is focused specifically on fostering community connections and facilitated by Ahkirah Legal and Diversity Consultants.  

For more information on the workshops, email

flyer with list of workshop meetings