Dr. William Watson

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Dr. William Watson first learned democracy watching his Mississippi parents risk their lives (and his) in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Defying odds set by poverty and alcoholism, Watson earned a social justice focused doctorate from San Francisco State University and completed a Presidential Fellowship for College Excellence with The Aspen Institute’s partnership with Stanford University. After prototyping equity innovations in higher education for over twenty years, he founded Waterbrook, LLC, (williamwatson.org) a USA democracy project that works for peace and prosperity through justice then liberty for all, inspired by MLK's Beloved Community. He is the author of Twelve Steps for White America and three companion workbooks: #12SWA for Individuals & Bookclubs; #12SWA for Higher Education; and #12SWA for Companies & Non-Profits.

Keynote Topics/Titles

Twelve Steps for White America (Recovery Principles for a Nation)
It says “White People” on the Cover: Who is White? What is White?
Rigged Advantage: Older Than The USA
Repentance, Atonement, Renewal: Sounds So Preachy
Unshackle the Past; Strengthen U.S. Security and Global Competitiveness; Make Way for All – Our Best Days to Come
Intro to Contextualized Family History: 2 – hour Practice Workshop
Compassion and Respect: Let Love Linger