Workshop and Training
In the following workshops and training sessions, I bring together years of scholarly research, facilitation experience and pedagogical expertise. The workshops can be taken in a series, or individually. I can work with your team to address specific issues within the workshops, such as race, gender, work environment, communication challenges, and ally/accomplice-ship.
Community Building Across Difference for Equity
This introductory workshop connects community members to communicate more effectively across differences in order to create more equitable spaces. The workshop guides participants to more fully understand someone’s visible and invisible identities, and to more deeply listen to others’ worldview. Participants take part in exercises designed to recognize difference across intersections of identities such as race, gender, and disability; participants will also consider how identities impact the ways in which they move across the world.
This workshop grows participants’ knowledge from the Community Building workshop and asks participants to reflect deeply on their own positions of privilege - and lack thereof - as well as how one group’s privilege shores up another group’s inequality. We connect data about structural inequities to the everyday realities of our own lives. The workshop begins with some grounding information about racism and systems of privilege, including important terminology. Throughout this session participants engage in activities that allow them to consider their own positions in systems of inequality and privilege, and begin imagining what interrupting these systems might entail.
Microaggressions are one of the dominant ways that racism is enacted in our society. Ambiguous, insidious, and common, these everyday remarks or behaviors sometimes go undetected by the perpetrators and outside observers, while the target is left isolated in deciphering the situation and the ensuing confusion and hurt. This workshop asks participants to be ready to interrupt microaggressions as perpetrators, observers and targets. Participants must come willing to engage with difficult issues of discrimination and privilege in order to learn the tools that can disrupt cycles of discriminatory behavior. The workshop begins with an introduction to microaggressions and their impact; we then moving into small group discussions. Participants will leave the workshop with tangible tools for interrupting microaggressions.
Strategic Ambiguity: succeeding in a racist world
Building off of the microaggressions workshop, this conceptual talk and workshop considers the implications of interrupting microaggressions in more covert rather than overt ways. Privileging the positionalities of minoritized people who work, live, and learn in majority spaces, this session helps people think through the variety of ways that people of color, LGBTQ folks, and other people whose identities are under attack can respond to identity-based hatred. We will think through the different strategies that minoritized people enact to resist discrimination, and the challenges and opportunities available from speaking back to power in various ways.
Language and Power
One of the primary ways that humans communicate power is through language. We can honor someone’s identity with the careful use of a chosen gender pronoun; we can just as easily demean another with the flippant use of a despicable racial slur. However, language – and the issues of power that animate how race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and other identity categories function in language - are far more complicated than the simple dictate of, “use this word, don’t use this one.” Such a dictate can leave people scared to ever speak – and we need to speak to each other in honest and open ways order to dismantle inequities. This workshop explores these large questions around language, identity, and, power, and provides opportunities for participants to work through topics such as fears of saying the wrong words, and frustrations over having to constantly correct others’ language.
Radical listening activates us to step outside of our own positionality so that we can truly hear – and begin to understand - another person’s perspective. Radical listening involves putting aside our own preconceptions and desires and focusing all of our intentions on the speaker and their chosen words. In radical listening we allow our conversation partner to express themselves fully, without interruption. We push ourselves to completely absorb and process their words. Radical listeners do not immediately process our own feelings; we stay with the listener. Perhaps most challenging, and most rewarding, of all, radical listening provides opportunity for a form of action and change-making that must emerge in concert with a conversation partner. In this session we will practice the steps to becoming radical listeners.