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Select from our catalog of workshops, or contact us about custom workshops tailored to the individual needs of your business, family, or community.

“But I’m Not ____”

“But I’m Not” is our entry level class, perfect for groups who are new to working with anti-oppression concepts.

Consider this workshop if:

  • Your group desires to be more diverse, but has had trouble making the shift.
  • Your group contains a majority of people who do not view themselves as racist, homophobic, ableist or sexist, etc. but who have never considered the more subtle ways these biases can manifest.
  • Members of your group have been accused of racism, sexism, homophobia or some other form of oppression, but are confused by the charge.
  • Your group is unfamiliar with concepts like intersectionality and structural oppression.

This Workshop Covers:

  • The definition of oppression
  • Who is affected
  • How non-target and non-privileged people are impacted
  • How the interplay of privilege and non-privilege status across different axes impacts individual experience
  • How structural oppression persists in organizations

Approach:

We will establish a shared understanding of what oppression is, how it works, and the ways in which it can manifest in individuals and organizations—despite their best intentions. We will discuss the concept of our inherent humanity and explore how cultural bias works to divorce us from the humanity in others and ourselves. We will begin the work of reconnecting to our humanity, an act of healing that will allow us to connect to the humanity in others.

Effect:

Participants will emerge with shared language and understanding around oppression, liberation, and intersectionality. Individuals will reflect on their own intersections and the impacts on themselves and on others.

We Already Do This

Singing in the choir doesn’t mean you have nothing left to learn. This workshop is a good fit for groups who have undergone some work but who are still having trouble achieving their diversity goals.

Consider this workshop if:

  • Your organization has done some work around diversity but is still having trouble attracting individuals from target groups.
  • Your organization has seen a high rate of attrition from members of target groups.
  • You get all this stuff in theory but have had difficulty deciding how to implement what you’ve learned.
  • You have an understanding of anti-oppression concepts and nomenclature and would like a training specifically geared to your organization’s issues and needs.

Topics Covered:

  • Intentions vs. outcomes
  • What gets in the way of us being what we say we want to be
  • An individualized discussion of your organization’s setbacks and goals
  • Strategies for aligning organizational intent with policy, procedure, and atmosphere (because of the individualized nature of this workshop, it is best paired with a consulting package)
  • We will cover many of the topics discussed in “But I’m Not,” or another 101 level anti-oppression training but will tailor the discussion to deal with the obstacles your group has been running up against.

Approach:

This workshop makes use of an Anti-Oppression Self Assessment and bios of group members to create a learning experience that is directly related to the individuals in your organization. We will spend time reflecting on our own biases, work, and relationships to other human beings with the intention of healing the wounds that prevent right-relationship and perpetuate oppression.

Effect:

Participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of their own internal biases, and how these impact their actions. The group will develop a better understanding of what structures are creating obstacles within your organization and develop strategies for addressing these issues.

There is No ____ Problem Here

Organizations built around liberation work can experience diversity issues too! Movements that include a diversity of voices are stronger, more creative, and more resilient, so it pays to make sure everyone is brought into the circle.

Consider this workshop if:

  • You are an organization built around identity but have had a hard time building diversity within your target group. (Examples: An LGBT organization that has difficulty attracting queer people of color, or a feminist organization that receives regular complaints from women with disabilities).
  • Your group is well versed in liberation ethics and anti-oppression theories, but some diversity goals remain persistently out of reach.

Topics Covered:

  • How oppressive structures become replicated in liberation movements
  • How organizational outcomes become divorced from intention
  • Specific exploration of your organization’s difficulties
  • Strategies for aligning organizational intent with policy, procedure, and atmosphere

Approach:

This 401 level workshop will facilitate discussion of your organization’s strengths and weaknesses in regards to liberation and anti-oppression. Participants will reflect on their own roles and explore the part they can take in building an organization that is welcoming for a diversity of people. Because of the nature of this workshop, it is recommended that it be paired with an Individual Anti-Oppression Plan consulting package.

Effect:

Participants will emerge with a better understanding of their role in creating diversity, and understand the value of welcoming more people into your liberation movement. The organization as a whole will be positioned to make lasting and dynamic change in the direction of inclusion.

How Do I Raise (Non-Racist, Classist, Heterosexist etc.) Kids?

The bad news is, you don’t. Just as we are subject to the messaging of our overall culture, our children cannot help but absorb oppressive attitudes from the outside world. We can, however, equip our children with inclusion-based values and self-reflection skills—a process that begins by developing those things within ourselves.

This Workshop is for:

  • Parents
  • Parent groups
  • Youth group/church staff and volunteers
  • Educators
  • Anyone working with or raising children

Topics Covered:

  • The definition of oppression
  • The “Inherent Human.” How our cultural programming divorces us from the humanity of others—and ultimately ourselves.
  • Age appropriate strategies for talking about oppression
  • Identifying and taking advantage of “teachable moments”

Approach:

The first step in passing on anti-oppressive values and skills is developing them in ourselves. This workshop will begin with a discussion of oppression and how it works, then move into reflection on our own programming. We will discuss the ways in which we have been separated from a true sense of the humanity of others, and how to circumvent passing this separation onto the children in our care.

Effect:

Participants will emerge with an understanding of what oppression is, how it works, and how they have been affected by oppressive messaging. They will have a new awareness of how oppressive attitudes are transmitted, and gain confidence in addressing issues of race, sexual orientation, gender and ability with the children in their care.

“Guest” Who’s Coming To Dinner?

You have been through a diversity training or two, but find that you spend most of your time talking to other members of the choir—while remaining silent with those who are nearest and dearest.

This Workshop is for:

  • Those who wish to bring the things they’ve learned about oppression and liberation home to their families, but need a little support to do so.

Topics Covered:

  • To be mutually determined during the initial consultation

Approach:

“Guest” works a little differently than the other workshops in our catalog. Instead of a class led by a facilitator at your organization, this offering takes the form of a sit-down discussion with your family over a meal. The goal of the session will be to introduce core topics, like

  • The definition of oppression
  • The negative effects on both target and non-target groups
  • The basics of intersectionality
  • The “Inherent Human.” How our cultural programming divorces us from the humanity of others–and ultimately ourselves.

Effect:

This workshop is meant to begin an ongoing conversation within the family by bringing up the question of oppression and establishing a shared structure for understanding how it is propagated within our culture. Participants will have the opportunity for honest questioning and self-reflection in a discussion that centers familial healing and harmony.

Consulting

See our Consulting page for our other offerings

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