18th WPC Workshop List and Description (View/Print)
Below is the full description of the Workshops, and/or can be accessed at the following link:
Please carefully consider the level of workshops you choose to attend.
Beginner These workshops are appropriate for individuals who have little or no knowledge about privilege, anti-racism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops stress fundamental concepts and approaches, and offer participants time to grapple with this new information in a supportive environment. Individuals who have just begun to learn about privilege, racism and other intercultural issues, and who are first-time participants at the White Privilege Conference are the target audience for beginner workshops.
Intermediate These workshops are appropriate for individuals who have a working knowledge of privilege, anti-racism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops stress the interconnection between fundamental concepts and new knowledge, techniques, methodologies, and skills. Individuals who are seeking to discover what to do with their new knowledge about privilege; racism, etc. are the target audience for intermediate workshops.
Advanced These workshops are appropriate for individuals who are educators, facilitators, practitioners and leaders in areas of cultural diversity, and who have a highly developed understanding of privilege, anti-racism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops offer ways in which advanced participants can deepen their knowledge through high impact experiential activities and acquaintance with new theories. Also, these workshops offer advanced practitioners ways to share insights, refine their knowledge, and sharpen their already-developed skills.
This year, WPC will offer approximately 140 workshops facilitated by over 210 presenters. The workshops are listed in alphabetical order. Refer to the workshop insert to find the day and time for the workshop you are interested in attending.
#Islamophobia (Intermediate) Facilitator: Kalyan Ali Balaven This workshop begins with dispelling the fallacy that Islamophobia is a construct of a post-9/11 America, and looks at recycled stereotypes and terrorist tropes in Hollywood and mass media, along with Orientalism, providing the seeds for ignorance to blossom, as the buildings fell. This workshop will look at curriculum, after-school programming, and a 360 project that can help students build bridges at a time where white supremacy seeks to build walls.
#NoFilter: Social Media Filters & Whiteness (All Levels) Facilitator: Aisha Fukushima
Social media platforms such as Snapchat have faced widespread criticism from users for creating “beautification" filters that lighten people’s skin and eyes, in addition to transforming facial features to look more Eurocentric. In this workshop we will critically examine some of the ways in which social media has been used to further center gendered Eurocentric, white beauty standards. In addition to learning more about the ways in which social media is often used to promote white-centered beauty, we will create our own empowering images that recenter a more inclusive understanding of beauty across bodies of all colors, shapes and sizes. This workshop will be interactive, participatory and discussion based.
A Brain and Body Approach to Healing and Undoing White Supremacy and Privilege (Beginner) Facilitator: Madeline McNeely Our bodies absorb rage and trauma whether we’re agents or targets of oppression. How we release and heal from pain inflicted by racism is core to our liberation individually and collectively as a society. In this workshop, you will study your body’s response to stress and practice “recovering center”. You will learn physical exercises which increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol levels. Through somatic (physical) practices that change oxytocin and cortisol levels in the body, you will build your capacity to interrupt and heal the traumas and illnesses of white supremacy culture. This experiential learning session is for any beginner or experienced racial justice advocate and/or body oriented change agent who wants to recover their power more quickly especially when deconstructing white privilege and intersectionality in both personal and professional arenas.
A Conversation on Moral Courage: Doing our Work in the Age of White Supremacy, White Nationalism and Make America Great Again (Intermediate) Facilitator: Peggy McIntosh Everyone who attends this session will be able to testify at least briefly about the moral and intellectual pressures they face in the current social-political climate. How are people using their life energy to counter the threats that the social-political turnaround poses to us? Do we dare to talk more openly about privilege, supremacy and fraudulence? If adults stay silent the younger generation will learn from that silence, and the potential built-in multiplier effect of education may be wasted. But when the younger generation outstrips us in courage and activity, can we learn from their behavior without losing our bearings or our jobs? Participants in this session can talk about what has changed for them in this political crisis, and what strategies they feel can increase strength, courage and integrity in them and in our nation.
A Facilitated Open Dialogue (All Levels) Facilitator: Stephany Rose Given the most recent election cycle, the current socio-political climate reflects a growing reality of anti-intellectual sentiments across the United States. While the digital age has ushered in one of the greatest eras of access to information, unfortunately there does not seem to be a subsequent escalation in critically engaged thought across the U.S. populous. Critical thinking, critical media literacy and intellectualism in general appear to be declining in social value. Additionally, university programs/departments,
faculty members, and social justice practitioners have been targeted for surveillance through watch lists, as well as event, organizational and course infiltration by oppositional actors that include students, organizations and larger antagonizing communities in attempts to disrupt sacred traditions of academic freedom, intellectualism and activism. Through this dialogue we aim to also share strategies for addressing such practices in these times.
A Sally Hemings Dinner: Engaging Leaders for Anti-Oppression Work (Beginner/Intermediate) Facilitators: Robin Parker, Pamela Smith Chambers and J.R. Reynolds Organizing for action in anti-oppression work requires a community of individuals who have insights that will motivate others and a willingness to lend their support to new initiatives. But how do you find the right people? And once you find them, how do you get them working together toward a common goal? One powerful approach is a Sally Hemings Dinner. A Hemings Dinner is a twist on the tradition of dinner at the home of Thomas Jefferson in the late 1800's. Jefferson was known to invite thought leaders and influencers of his time from a range of backgrounds to share in conversation on a particular topic. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the fundamentals of a Hemings Dinner and the various ways you can use this gathering to support anti-oppression initiatives.
A Story of Reconciliation: Faith and Sexuality (All Levels) Facilitator: Sam Offer Lately, there has been great resistance from faith leaders about homosexuality. Many have proclaimed doom and evil on those who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, and their allies. This has created dissonance for many between their faith and sexuality. Many people have asked me, “How did you reconcile? What did you do? Help me/us!” In this session, I will share my journey to reconciliation and offer tools that I use for healing. This session is for those seeking to claim both their faith and sexuality. Join this informative and interactive session as we journey to reconciliation. Note: The presenter identifies as Christian.
Ain’t I a Queen? (Beginner) Facilitators: Joanne Reeck and Susie Akemi Mechtel The purpose of this workshop is to lift up and share the histories of women of color who are responsible for shaping social justice movements but who are also often written out of the history books. We will introduce select women from the 19th Century to today and provide insight into the movements that changed the course of history due to the incredible women who imagined, created, and led them. Participants in this workshop will leave with a deeper understanding of some of the most unsung heroes of yesterday and today and possibly with an introduction to some remarkable women they have yet to discover.
An Extraordinary and New Response to Bigoted Activity (All Levels) Facilitator: Devin Burghart The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is excited to be launching a new smartphone app at WPC18. It is called “Trepper”: the anti-bigotry app will allow users to securely capture incidents of bigotry on video, notify users of local
incidents and events, and harness the power of social networks to respond. It provides a toolkit for anti-bigotry organizing and security, and share the latest news and updates.
Bamboozled: How Internalized Oppression is FUBU (All Levels) Facilitator: Brent W. Reeves In this workshop, Reeves explores the origins and influences of internalized oppression and White privilege on African-Americans. Reeves will explain the reasons why this form of psychological trauma was introduced to slave minds and how it promotes current day White privilege and how racial slavery control impacted the nation’s society and its dehumanizing effect in Black communities across the heartland. Slaves learned to internally oppress other slaves in the U.S. as a mode of survival or means for keeping a family intact. Reeves will show how White privilege has helped to maintain AfricanAmerican internalized oppression. From there, Reeves will show how this attack upon the Black psyche has been one of the main destructive forces. The audience will discuss and attempt to answer the following questions: why is there so much black on black crime?, what is playing the dozens? (Some youth don’t know that they are doing this!), why is “playing the dozens” still a reality in our social circles?, why do we use the term “nigger” and other derogatory terms as euphemisms today? This will be a very powerful presentation for those who are familiar with internalized oppression or not!
BECOMING LATINX: The Invisible Line that Divides and Unites Us (All Levels) Facilitator: JuanCarlos Arauz This work shop is geared for professionals who are committed to the self-examination in a collective space focused on the effort to redefine LatinX identity in a way that acknowledges and moves beyond the role of historical trauma in shaping the experiences and identities of the LatinX community. Social justice advocacy and educational excellence is multi-faceted and reflects the complexities of this group such that this examination would help better understand how to identify possibilities to be effective leaders only made aware to us through this journey. This session should particularly benefit decision makers & practitioners whose focus is the identified group Hispanic/Chicano/a/Latin@/LatinX, Afro-Latitnx, Mulatto, Creole, etc. The intended outcome includes a personal leadership transformation that will manifest in a professional network of leaders to move forward an equity agenda that serves the community.
Birth of a White Nation (Beginner) Facilitator: Jacqueline Battalora This session explores when, where, how, and why the human category "white" was invented. What explains the shift from a social order that depended upon men's economic status to one that is organized first by race? The history is one that reveals the human category “white” as a post-rebellion response to secure the interests of the ruling elite (1%) by dividing the majority (99%) from each other. The intersection of class and gender are revealed as integral to the invention of human separation that by the 20th Century is reasoned to be “race.” The legal history will be followed by group discussion exploring the links between this history and the threat that many 2016 voters in the presidential election described as a “changing” America. This session is particularly valuable for providing a historical foundation that is essential for anyone
engaging in antiracism work today whether that effort is on an individual or organizational basis.
Breaking Down the Barriers of Oppression and Privilege: Self-Empowerment through Authenticity (Intermediate) Facilitator: Ritu Bhasin As people of color, we continue to be adversely impacted by oppression, privilege, and biases about who we are. Because of our differences, we’re repeatedly told that we’re not competent, skilled, or worthy, and that we should alter our behavior – conform – to be accepted, “fit in,” and succeed. In turn, many of us internalize this oppression and we minimize and hide who we are to survive in the dominant culture, which has a profoundly negative effect on us. But the authenticity REVOLUTION has begun! It’s time that we, as people of color, rise to embrace our whole, authentic cultural selves – including our differences – and bring this to bear in our interactions. By exercising the choice to be authentic in key moments, we can feel truly empowered and actualized. We will explore: how authenticity, adaptation, and conformity show up in our personal and professional lives, the seven behavioral dimensions, overcoming the barriers to authenticity, and strategies for practicing authenticity. Come ready to learn key tools in this enlightening session!
Breaking the Chains of Capitalism and White Supremacy (Intermediate) Facilitator: Alice Ragland This workshop delves into the history of modern capitalism and its byproduct of white supremacy. We will not simply be discussing capitalism in its base definition of private ownership; in the context of this presentation, we are referring to capitalism as the exploitative neoliberal practices that have been used to maximize profit for a small number of wealthy individuals while perpetuating poverty and oppression for everyone else. We will examine the ways in which capitalism has historically been intertwined with white supremacy, from colonization and American slavery to the disgraceful state of workers' rights in this country, which disproportionately disadvantages People of Color. We will also explore the ways in which unchecked corporate power has undermined American democracy. We will address the potential for organizing and strategizing toward the goal of an economic system that is not based on the oppression of many for the benefit of a few and creating a society that is free from the chains of economic exploitation.
Bring it on: Surfacing and Deconstructing White Emotions (Intermediate) Facilitators: Krista M. Malott and Tina R. Paone This session is for Whites prepared to do their own deep personal work, to tend to the emotional responses to Whiteness that often blocks our growth and antiracist alliyship. Part of the growth process for Whites is acknowledging, working through, and managing personal reactions to complex constructs—personal racism, reactions to other Whites’ racism; reactions to societal racism; and reactions to attempts and failures at antiracist allyship. Whether you’re feeling guilt, shame, confusion, fear, or anger; all feelings are welcome here. Be prepared to actively and authentically participate.
Can't We Just Talk About Diversity?: Addressing Intrinsic Barriers to Naming Racism and White Supremacy in the Workplace (Intermediate/Advanced)
Facilitator: Tracey Benson In order to construct environments that engage in courageous conversations about racism, leaders must consistently and deliberately create spaces where participants develop the capacity to willfully and repeatedly engage in open, and often uncomfortable, dialogues. This workshop focuses on creating deliberatively developmental plans of self-improvement for leaders and facilitators who have the desire to improve their capacity to lead dialogues and initiatives to address vestiges of racism and white supremacy in the workplace. Through applying Bob Kegan's and Lisa Lahey's Immunity To Change process, participants will be afforded the opportunity to reflect on self-imposed and significant internal barriers, fears, and anxieties associated with engaging others in anti-racist discussions and initiatives. Participants will leave this session with a complete Immunity to Change map and action plan for continual selfimprovement regarding overcoming barriers to engaging fully in the work.
Challenging White Silence and Engaging White Men in Dismantling White Supremacy (All Levels) Facilitators: Toi Sing Woo, Bert Hopkins and Tiffany Taylor Smith What is the nature of white male silence? How do we move beyond it? White male silence is a dangerous and complicit tool that creates wedges within anti-racism movements. The goal of this workshop is to offer suggestions and explore options on how to get white men to leave their internalized white superiority behind when they join the racial justice movement. The presenters will share a White Male Anti-Racist Continuum and invite participants to explore best practices for engaging white men in our personal and professional communities.
Channeling our Counter-narratives about White Supremacy, White Privilege and Oppression into Social Change (Intermediate) Facilitator: Deandra Cadet Critical Race Theory tells us that the counter-narrative is to dismantling systems of white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression. Angela Davis writes in Freedom is a Constant Struggle, “Our histories never unfold in isolation. We cannot truly tell what we consider to be our own histories without knowing the other stories. And often we discover that their stories are our own stories.” Now is the time to share the stories of marginalization and exclusion in order to truly understand how forces of oppression such as white supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia and islamaphobia are at work in our lives. We must continue to create spaces for our stories and experiences to be shared, processed, and mobilized. Further, how do we channel the stories that challenge the dominant white narrative into solutions that lead to social change? In this workshop we share our work at InterAction in empowering student narratives of identity and difference into transforming an environment where all students can flourish. Session participants will gain tools to activate their community through storytelling and art in order to challenge white supremacy and other forms of oppression. Lastly, we will use techniques from design thinking and community organizing to develop local solutions to systemic issues rooted in our stores. This session should benefit students interested in producing grass-roots change in their community, as well as staff, administrators, and activists interested in implementing
sustainable long-term strategies for inclusion that address the intersectionality of diverse experiences students collectively face.
Come Get Your White People!: Building a Base of White Anti-Racists (Intermediate) Facilitator: Shelly Tochluk Many white people in the U.S. know something is terribly wrong, and yet cannot articulate how it relates to white supremacy and privilege. They need a process that can address their fears, answer their questions, and provide a framework to understand interlocking systems of oppression and how they operate today. At the same time, many white people have recently become active and need a place to process the complicated questions and feelings that arise. AWARE-LA (www.awarela.org) has spent the last 13 years facilitating an ongoing process for white people that builds white anti-racist culture. This workshop will detail the development, structuring, and maintenance of the consciousness-raising process and how it supports the activist work of the organization. Materials will be provided, and follow up conversations and webinars will be available to support white people to build an anti-racist white culture in their home environments.
Compassionate Activism: Healing from Toxic Whiteness (Intermediate) Facilitator: Sandra Kim Given resurgence of white supremacy into mainstream America, more and more white people are feeling called to engage in anti-racism work - and that’s great! But most of them haven’t realized or are just starting to unpack how racism and white supremacy doesn’t just exist “in the mainstream," but also inside of themselves. Consequently, this can too often result in white people not knowing how to handle the emotional flailing that happens when they start to realize what it means for them personally to be white in a racist society. To counter that, Compassionate Activism: Healing from Toxic Whiteness provides a framework that holds the space for white people to process the pain, fear, anger, and numbness that arises from realizing they’ve internalized white supremacy. While white supremacy is socially and materially beneficial to white people, it’s also very emotionally harmful to them - and that emotional pain is what often gets in the way for white people who are against racism. With Compassionate Activism, they will get concrete practices to help them grieve and heal from how white supremacy turned them from people of European descent into white people in a racist society. Through healing, they’re more able to come from a place of wholeness and humanity when they engage in anti-racism actions with less conscious white people and in solidarity with POC.
Completely Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: The Liabilities of White Privilege and How White Privilege Hurts White People (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitators: Michelle Chalmers and Katrina Fludd This workshop will offer an opportunity to dig deeper into our own invisible knapsack of white privilege. Participants will be asked to reflect and examine white privilege as a personal liability that affects understanding our own humanity and our human connections. Get ready to dive deeper into the concept of white privilege, past the unearned advantages and examine the harm privilege does to the people who have it. The goal is to enable white people to see it is something we need to work against to
restore our humanity and everybody else’s too. If we are to truly fight for freedom, equity and justice for all, we must first find it in ourselves.
Concrete Strategies for Public Schools to Institutionalize Racial Justice and Combat White Privilege (All Levels) Facilitator: Jon Greenberg The hard truth is that public schools, more often than not, perpetuate institutional racism. It doesn’t have to be this way. Extensive research confirms the existence of concrete strategies that can reduce the deep racial disparities in public education and stem the school-to-prison pipeline. Given that White Americans disproportionately elected elite white males into powerful political positions across the nation, how can public education also help White America better understand race and racism? In this session, participants explore the documented benefits of ethnic studies and studying race. Led by Greenberg, an educator who recently fended off an effort to squelch his race curriculum, participants also learn about recent attacks on such education, from Tucson to the Pacific Northwest, including their surprising commonality. This interactive session facilitates networking and mobilizing to institutionalize racial justice in public education. Last fall, Greenberg helped organize the #BlackLivesMatterInSchools, during which over 2,000 educators in Seattle donned Black Lives Matter shirts, spurring a district-wide effort to confront institutional racism.
Conversations on the Ex-Ordinary Social and Human Capital Benefits of Hosting a White Privilege Symposium (WPS) (All Levels) Facilitators: Dolana Mogadime and Eddie Moore, Jr. Take on the challenge to have a positive impact on your own local context by hosting the White Privilege Symposium: Dr. Mogadime and Dr. Moore, Jr., will discuss the social benefits and empowering reasons behind supporting the decision to host a WPS. They will begin with the Canadian context. Dolana will provide key aspects that have a high impact value, beginning with opportunities to build connections among social justice advocate groups and those in educational institutions across the spectrum from (K-12) school setting to postsecondary system. However, that reach extends further to members of the larger community by providing enhanced opportunities to: network; exchange knowledge and insights by inviting WPS participants to attend keynotes – and participate in interactive workshop sessions that are geared toward facing the truth about the problem of racism.
Creating Socially Just Organizations: Dismantling Institutionalized Racism and White Supremacy (part 1) (part 2) (Intermediate) Facilitators: Kathy Obear and Jamie Washington This is a 2-part session. Well-intended diversity initiatives often fall short of desired outcomes. While increasing awareness, most don’t create significant, sustainable organizational change ~ much less dismantle the institutionalized racism and white supremacy inherent in most organizations. How can change agents create inclusive organizations through systemic, long-term culture change? Come explore promising practices and lessons learned from strategic organizational change efforts to create inclusive, socially just organizations. Participants will receive a workbook of materials to use as they create systemic, sustainable change.
Critical Race Theory: The Law, Coalition Building, and Social Justice (All Levels) Facilitator: Adrien K. Wing Critical Race Theory is a progressive movement within the law that focuses not only on theory, but also on practical legal and political solutions to racism and subordination. This workshop will use a critical race theory perspective to focus on how the law can deal with correcting white economic and educational privilege at the beginning of the current administration. It will emphasize coalition building strategies that organizations and individuals can use to protect human rights on the international, national, state and local levels.
Crossing the Class Divide: How to Build Unity against Racism among White People (All Levels) Facilitator: Joe Fahey Racism was invented to divide working people in order to preserve economic exploitation and inequity. Although slavery was outlawed long ago, both racism and inequity persist, as does the exploitation of both people and the planet. This interactive workshop, led by a longtime union and community organizer is designed to train all antiracists, (including the middle class and the college-educated) how to talk with angry white working class people, ask questions that lead to productive dialogue, listen like an organizer, find common ground with people who have contrary viewpoints, and focus on the links between economic exploitation and racism.
Cultural Competence for Social Justice: A Model for Personal and Organizational Assessment and Change (All Levels) Facilitator: Diane Goodman Going beyond just understanding cultural differences, the model of Cultural Competency for Social Justice (CCSJ) addresses the larger dynamics of power, privilege, and inequality in order to create more equitable and inclusive environments. While most models of cultural competence focus on the level of individual cultural diversity, this framework allows for integrating the knowledge, awareness and skills needed to address different forms of oppression on individual, group, and systemic levels. Through an interactive process, participants will learn about this framework, understand its different components, and explore how it can be used for individual and organizational assessment, planning, and development. The CCSJ model addresses race, and racism as well as other intersecting forms of identity/oppression. Participants will be able to explore how they might apply the CCSJ model in their own settings.
Cultural Racism Supports Organizational White Supremacy (Intermediate) Facilitators: Toi Sing Woo and Bert Hopkins The workshop will critically examine how everyday actions are centered on whiteness and uphold privilege and power within any organization. Participants will gain an understanding of how cultural racism supports structural, institutional, and individual racism through policies, programs and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to develop strategies to build a truly inclusive organizational culture. The workshop will devote most of the time to interactive engagements using multi-media and group discussions.
Deconstructing Privilege, Oppression, and Whiteness in Volunteer Programs (Intermediate) Facilitator: Megan Rhein Volunteering seems harmless, right? Each year, multiple organizations and schools enlist the “help” of thousands of volunteers. What if I told you that some volunteer programs may actually be doing more harm than good? This presentation looks at how many of our community engagement and volunteer programs actually perpetuate privilege and oppression. Using the concept of a so-called “white savior” as a starting point, we will engage in lively conversation to identify how whiteness manifests itself in community engagement and volunteer programs - and what to do about it. Participants will leave the presentation with a broader understanding of how to deconstruct the culture of white supremacy in their own work and practices as well as how to implement constructive, successful ones.
Deconstructing the Culture of White Supremacy in Schools: The Role and Responsibilities of White Educators (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitators: Benny Vasquez and Randy Clancy In 2017 U.S. society, schools must play a critical role in pushing back against systemic racism by becoming sites where racial literacy, historical accuracy, and antiracist practice flourish. Within this larger imperative, white educators have specific responsibilities, the first being to commit to the work of cultivating an antiracist white racial identity. How can white educators use their overwhelming numbers and their racial privilege to challenge the culture of white supremacy in schools? Presented by founding members of The CARLE (Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education) Institute for White Educators, this workshop will encourage participants to consider the unique responsibility of white people in addressing racism in educational settings. We will explore the importance of self-reflection and the study of race, as well as the essential role of critical analysis of white supremacist culture, to uncover ways that white people can work with each other and in accountability to People of Color to address systemic racism in schools. Finally, we will consider the importance of building and fostering relationships with those white people who deny the existence of white supremacy, with the intention of bridging the profound divide that defines our nation. Resources will be provided to support participants in staying engaged in the work beyond WPC.
Deconstructing the Power of Internalized Racial Oppression through African Centered Field Research and Contemporary Creative Collaborations to Reclaim African Truth (Intermediate) Facilitator: LueRachelle Brim-Atkins This interactive workshop speaks to the power to address internalized racial oppression that has been generated in our multi-disciplinary, intergenerational work in the U.S., our two field study journeys to Cameroon (West Central Africa) and the power that will be generated in our 2018 field study tour. We embed multi-media stories, descriptions and analysis of our “deep well” process. We will describe results, lessons learned and next steps and offer it as one example of a strategy to impact internalized racial oppression for people of African descent. This workshop will raise awareness of the importance and
the urgent need to preserve the recently discovered enslavement embarkation site in Cameroon, highlight the necessity for more research and bring together diverse parts of the African diaspora for the purpose of truth, healing of internalized racial oppression and reconciliation.
Deconstructing White Supremacy by Constructing Anti-Racist White Identity in the Heartland through Stories and Conversation (Beginner) Facilitators: Palma Strand and Marty Swaim Participants actively deconstruct White supremacy and construct anti-racist White identity through awareness of White privilege and advantage. The session begins with participatory exercises to deconstruct White identity based in racial hierarchy. Participants will first experience shifting relationally from “telling” interactions that Other people who are different to “listening” interactions characterized by curiosity about difference. The group will then engage in deconstructing common statements associated with White privilege and advantage. Shifting to construction of anti-racist White identity, participants reshape Whiteness by re-discovering ethnic identity as well as White allyship. The session closes with interactive story-telling and story-listening in which participants discover how intentional actions of vulnerability and trustworthiness enable authentic, disruptive connections across racial lines.
Deconstructing White Supremacy by identifying its Norms and Replacing them with Equity Norms (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitator: Jennifer Chandler Participants use the colliding, colluding, and contending model to identify explicit social norms through which White supremacy operates in their own lives, communities, and work environments. After identifying social norms that are perpetuating White supremacy, participants identify ways in which they are interacting with those norms. Understanding the three main ways of interacting with social norms allows us to understand and leverage these processes. Participants also use the model to identify social norms that further equity, peace, and opportunity and explore strategies for modeling and reinforcing the equity, peace, and opportunity norms in their organizations and communities drawing from the model.
Deep Diversity: How Brain Science Advances—and Challenges— Racial Justice Education (Intermediate) Facilitator: Shakil Choudhury Participants will explore how predominant the unconscious mind is in human interactions especially related to the perpetuation of racism and Islamophobia. Through a methodology that has been developed over two decades and independently tested, this interactive session will offer how to advance racial justice education through the integration of mind sciences, essential to helping us mobilize against the current xenophobic, neo-liberal agenda sweeping the Western world. As a racial justice educator, Choudhury’s personal story as an activist who suffered burn out helps outline both the strengths as well as failures of traditional approaches to teaching about systemic discrimination and power. Although critical race theory can be empowering, without a supportive base of emotional literacy, it can also disempower and foster activist burnout. This session should particularly benefit educators, facilitators and
organizational leaders who are weary of dogmatic approaches to training staff/ students and interested in being more effective when tackling issues of power and privilege.
Dismantling Internalized Dominance and White Supremacy: Increasing the Capacity of Whites to Partner to Create Meaningful Change (Intermediate) Facilitators: Kathy Obear and Beth Yohe Too often well-intentioned whites (staff, teachers/faculty, administrators, activists, and other educators) interact in ways that perpetuate and model racist and white supremacist dynamics among their colleagues and those they serve. Most, if not all, whites have been socialized within white supremacist structures and have internalized messages and beliefs that white cultural values and practices are better and that whites are superior to people of color and those who identify as biracial or multiracial. Whether through conscious and/or unconscious actions, most whites act in ways that undermine effective partnering to dismantle institutional racism and white supremacy.
Dismantling Systems of White Supremacy While Engulfed in White Supremacy (Part 1) and (Part 2) (Advanced) Facilitators: Suzie Hodges and Raedell Cannie Hodges and Cannie work at an independent elementary school whose mission and vision has a clear focus on social justice and responsibility. They have faced challenges working to implement and integrate comprehensive social justice curriculum. Mobilizing parents, students, and other staff members who are passively committed to the school’s mission and vision is a consistent aim. As knowledgeable and dedicated social justice educators, we are seeing the intricacies and nuanced challenges that come with understanding how to do this work in a given context. Problems of practice that arise because of white supremacy, even in a social justice focused context, need to dismantled. This session will present forum theater - a form of social interrogation that uses theater as a vehicle for social engagement and interaction - as a tool to dismantle white supremacist structures that hinder the practical application of social justice work. Our forum will focus on how ignorance to racism causes trauma to students of color, perpetuates the status quo, and hinders liberation for all.
Djagora University/The Privilege Institute Global Travel Program (All Levels) Facilitators: Mahamouda Salouhou, Aïcha Mekentichi and Dolana Mogadime Whether you are between jobs, schools, or relationships, the DjU/TPI Global Travel Program is a perfect way for you to move from one of these life stages into your next great adventure. The learning and the experience included in this program will give you the opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been, and where you want to go personally, professionally and “Moore”… The workshop will be structured in 3 parts; 1) Why Global Travel Experience can significantly impact someone’s life, regardless of their profession/occupation, 2) Data and facts about the impact of Global Travel in General on career development and 3) 2017/2018 destinations for DjU/TPI Global Travel Program (possible destinations include Senegal, Morocco, South Africa, France/Europe (Versailles), Canada and Moore).
Don't Just Talk, Be Understood: Using Effective Language Tools for Advocacy (Intermediate) Facilitator: Anna Shabsin
In this era of fake news and angry speech, we must all know how to explain our issues in a clear, concise and convincing manner. Half of advocacy is knowing your message, but the other half is making sure the power holders believe it. Join Shabsin as you learn about rhetoric, framing and storytelling to make sure your message is heard and understood.
Engaging Elementary School Students in Conversations about Race and Privilege (Beginner) Facilitator: Stephanie Teachout Explore how one fifth grade classroom in St. Louis, Missouri, a few miles away from where Michael Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson, engaged elementaryaged students in conversations about privilege to foster anti-racist understanding. This workshop will have hands on exercises and concrete tools to support upper elementary/middle school-aged students’ understanding of privilege. Learn ways to begin a conversation about whiteness and white privilege using the BBC’s documentary The Delmar Divide, along with experiential activities, role play scenarios, and other approaches. In this workshop, we will explore how to engage students and teach them how to respond to situations and be an “upstander,” standing up against microaggressions and interrupting racism.
Engaging in Anti-Racism as Asians/Asian Americans: My Story, Your Story, Our Stories (All Levels) Facilitators: Rosetta Lee and Hsiao-wen Lo Even now, in 2017, many see racism as a Black/White issue. Despite our increasing numbers, visibility, and influence overall, Asian and Asian American anti-racism activists seem fewer and far between. What is going on, and how does White Supremacy play a role in this dynamic? Hear the stories of two activists and share your own. Discuss the challenges and opportunities of showing up in anti-racism spaces as who we are. Connect with other like-minded folks and build coalitions across affinity and differences.
Enlisting Faith Communities in the Movement for Education Justice by Deconstructing Systemic Racism and White Privilege in Public Education (Intermediate) Facilitators: Lallie Lloyd and Zakiya Jackson Drawing on experiences of people in the room, we will identify the resources diverse faith communities bring to deconstructing the systemic racism and white privilege that restrict the quality of education for students marginalized by race, religion, legal status, or poverty. Participants will identify and respond with data and narrative points to four myths about race, education, and white supremacy and will identify four outcomes of systemic racism in public education. Participants will leave with: shared understanding of US history of race and education and shared understanding of diverse religious traditions’ resources (story, aspiration, values, etc.) that call and equip us to work for education justice; and three concrete actions to take when we get home. Please respect our intention to engage affirmatively and respectfully with all religions.
Envisioning a White Male Anti-Racist School Leaders' Collaborative (All Levels) Facilitator: Chris Thinnes
White male anti-racist education leaders in our public and private school spaces have a complex set of obligations, challenges, and opportunities to position ourselves as effective allies and activists in dismantling white supremacy inside and outside our schools and districts. In addition to our allyship with colleagues of color, some of us receive support and inspiration from informal circles of white male anti-racist peers; some of us are yearning for that solidarity through affinity; some of us don't know where to find those like-minded colleagues, and some of us are uncertain how to start enacting our felt commitments to racial justice. Come join interested, curious, and/or committed white male anti-racist education leaders to consider what an enduring alliance of white male anti-racist education leaders might look like. Together we could make visible a safe space to explore and develop our anti-racist white/male identities, a brave space to hold ourselves to higher and clearer standards of anti-racist leadership, an effective space to supplement and purposefully to examine our allyship with colleagues of color, and an open space to share principles of transformative leadership and exemplars of transformative practice in our schools.
Exploring White Privilege Through Game Play Breaking It Down Toward E Pluribus Unum A Board Game to Promote Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Amity Developed by the National Center for Race Amity (All Levels) Facilitator: William H. “Smitty” Smith Conversations about race are often contentious and discourage open and supportive dialogue. By practicing amity and cultivating friendship, we create environments where we can feel safe to admit to what we don’t know, ask difficult questions and support each other in a spirit of learning. This game is not a competition, but a means of developing capacity for safe conversations on race. Participants are always engaged in dialogue, even when it’s not their turn. The game is played by up to eight participants and takes place over seven sessions over a period of weeks or months as decided by the participants. Suggested game time is one to two hours per session depending on the number of participants. It is recommended that participants commit to attend all sessions. The game is appropriate for teenagers through senior citizens and can be played in diverse settings from corporate boardrooms to girl scout dens, with participants being from any gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, and occupational backgrounds. One of the more important aspects of Breaking It Down Towards E Pluribus Unum is that it empowers lay people to engage in dialogue. It does not require race relations expertise or any special training.
False Consciousness, White-Skin Privilege, and “White Dispossession” (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitator: Leonard Zeskind This workshop will begin with an explication of the way so-called Angry White Men find themselves feeling dispossessed, and the way that this feeling is the flip side of white privilege. We will include a complete description of the nature of relative privilege, and the way it serves as the basis for the false consciousness that people develop over their status in society. We will analyze this sense of dispossession. And we will also explore the ways ordinary people overcome themselves through their everyday activities, and discuss different and differing methods of making this systematic.
Ferguson Now: Still Fighting for Justice and Community (All Levels) Facilitators: Cheyenne Green, Budcuzz Smith, Ebony Williams, Cathy Daniels and Michael Hassell Moderator: Chuck Modiano It has been more than two and a half years since the death of Mike Brown and reaction by Ferguson protesters sparked a nation-wide movement to promote police accountability and demand that Black Lives are valued and respected. While mass awareness has resulted, little justice has actually taken place in Ferguson despite a damning 2015 DOJ report exposing rampant racism. Local police killings of Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others have not even produced arrests, and national awareness has not produced police accountability in high-profile deaths of Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling and others. But the community fight has continued with sustained protests and challenges to local laws, community healing sessions and youth leadership events.
Fighting Against White Supremacy When You Don't Fit the Grass-Roots Activist Mold (Beginner/Intermediate) Facilitator: Frankie Jader What would the U.S. be like if the system of white supremacy collapsed? After our recent election, this idea may seem all but impossible - but imagine the strength of a movement if we called-in ALL who wanted to stand against systemic privilege? Now imagine that not all those individuals come with predilections to be grassroots - sign carrying - chant shouting - parade demonstrating, activists. What about people who want to be part of the movement against white supremacy, but find they don’t fit that mold? How do we create a movement where ALL individuals have a voice powerful enough to make a difference? This interactive session explores the patterns and roles of activists who stand against the imbalance of power. The question, “What kind of an activist am I?” leads us to explore alternative ways of showing up in the world while taking a stand against systems of power and privilege. We will discuss these alternative roles and ask participants to think critically about their own identity while adding other possible patterns that may be pulled from their own experiences.
For Colored Kids when the Rainbow Isn’t Enough: Challenging the Myth of Colorblind Parenting and Education (Beginner) Facilitator: Corrie Wallace There are more and more white mothers out there raising kids of color. Whether carried and delivered from their wombs or adopted from extraordinary women in unique circumstances, these white women carry a huge responsibility - parenting and teaching children whose skin color is different than theirs. It’s imperative for white adults who have close interaction with Black and Brown babies to understand that love is not enough. You’re invited to explore the different messages we all receive based on the skin we’re in and how that shapes our racial identity and sense of self with Wallace, whose mother took her job as a white woman raising black children seriously. Learn strategies to resist negative stereotypes, messages, and stand up to oppressive behaviors by exploring racial identity development and helping children develop a
strong sense of self and valuing their intersecting identities while working towards eliminating oppression and understanding white supremacy.
For White Allies When A Safety Pin Isn’t Enough: Moving from Education To Action (Beginner) Facilitators: Leslie Mac and Drew MacFayden This workshop will talk about taking passive allyship into the real world and creating tangible, measurable actions to make a difference in the lives of marginalized people. Leslie will walk through the basic tenets of Safety Pin Box tasks and the urgent need for white people to confront their own lives in order to be of better support to movement circles around the country. Mac will walk attendees through a 4-week Safety Pin Box task: Power Mapping Your Sphere of Influence. This task allows white people to identify streams of power in both their personal life & community. They will leave with four weeks worth of work to complete this task which ends with participants committing to redirecting power in their lives in a several tangible ways.
From Conversation to Action: Organizing Change from Within an Institution of Privilege (Intermediate) Facilitators: Sarah Howell and Stephanie Tellis This workshop is aimed at those who want to organize and take action in deconstructing a culture of white privilege and supremacy at their institutions, but are hesitant to step forward because of a lack of experience or fear of failure. A collective sharing of experiences and successful strategies of all workshop participants, as well as an opportunity for individual visioning and goal setting, this interactive workshop will help to give you a framework to use in order to see beyond the "Race 101" conversations that tend to happen often in diversity programming. We will share our experience of how we took on a 10+ year diversity program at our school and helped to shift the conversation to include an analysis of the institution, its practices and culture that can come from positions of privilege and white supremacy. We will also share how we have taken steps from analysis into strategy and then action. Our goal for this workshop is to help you recognize what you can bring to the table, give you tools to help frame the conversation at your own institution, and to move from conversation into action. We hope to empower you to be the change you wish to see by taking the first few steps to create equity where you live and work.
Fusing Art and Activism for Social Transformation (All Levels) Facilitator: Vanessa Roberts Creating and sustaining community is a nuanced endeavor, one often facilitated by a genuine sense of connection among its members, be it to a common cause or a shared affiliation. But how does one build genuine relationships which strengthen communities and engender transformative social change? In addition to a brief introduction to various forms of arts-based social justice activism, this workshop also includes instruction and engagement in a variety of theatrical exercises and activities which demonstrate the applicability of theatrical techniques in social justice projects. Participants will leave with a new set of tools intended to assist their efforts within their own communities.
Growing the Consciousness and Community We Need to Dismantle White Supremacy (Intermediate) Facilitators: National SEED Project; Jondou Chen, Gail Cruise-Roberson, Patricia Matos and Daniel Cohen To fight white supremacy, we cannot replicate it. We cannot stay trapped in models, actions, and words that reify individuals without communities, being racialized without getting ethnic, facing oppressive deficits without honoring cultural strengths. Attempts to build progressive coalitions have not guaranteed us success or safety. We must look within ourselves first rather than allowing systemic racism to define us or force into false constructs. We will facilitate a session of reflective power building. We will utilize the organic metaphors of trees and forests to frame a conversation around what our core values are (our trunks), how our cultural assets sustain us (our roots), and what our future dreams and possibilities are (our leaves, flowers, and fruit). We will recognize what it means to care for ourselves and to be in good relationship with one another. This is the opposite of systemic racism and white supremacy which view people - all people - as commodities and utilities to be owned, controlled, and used for the sake of those in power. When we understand who we are and who we might be, and each of our relationship with white supremacy, it is then that we can draw deeper into our roots, growing stronger into values rather than simply stopping racism.
Growing Up Mixed – Part 1: Stories, Reflection, and Discussion of Multiracial and Mixed Upbringings (Beginner) Facilitator: Javier Womeldorff Panelists: Susie Higa, Makai Kellogg, Nadya Santiago-Schober and Vanessa Roberts “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his [arrangement] there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” – Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Leon M. Bazile (January 22nd, 1965) denying the Lovings their petition to vacate their 1959 conviction. What does it mean to grow up multi-racial or mixed in a country built upon white supremacy? Privileged or not? White or person of color? One drop, or how a person mostly looks? For those who are multi-racial/mixed, the answers are not so simple. This leads to challenges for children, youth, and even adults as they struggle to understand and take agency in defining their own identity. What can parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, family friends, and even teachers do to aid and not hinder multiracial/mixed people in their lives to grow and be healthy? Join us as a panel of multiracial/mixed adults talk about the joys and challenges of growing up. Bring your questions and help us explore what it means to be someone who lives between the census boxes in America. Our discussion will continue in Growing Up Mixed – Part 2
Growing Up Mixed – Part 2: Parenting Across Racial Lines: Stories, Reflections, and Discussion of Raising Multiracial and Mixed Children (Beginner) Facilitator: Tom Womeldorff What does it mean to raise multi-racial children in a country built upon white supremacy? What does it mean for a white parent to equip their children, whether they
“pass” as white or not, with the tools, skills and sense of self to navigate a world that insists upon checking only one race box at school, and instantly categorizes them as “either-or” in social settings? How can parents equip their children to develop healthy multiracial identities? For white parents, how important is it to develop an understanding of what their “whiteness” means for their own identities when raising children who do not share that identity? In this workshop, we will gather the wisdom of multi-racial individuals and parents of multi-racial children on what parents can do to encourage their children’s racial fluidity and self-definitions as they live between the census boxes in the U. S. Participants are encouraged to participate in Growing Up Mixed – Part 1.
Healing Health Inequities: Using Lessons from Healthcare to Innovate in the Fight for Racial Equality (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitator: Jessica Guh Every organization must confront racism within itself as well as between itself and its community. In this workshop we will examine these two deeply entwined but distinct interfaces through the lens of healthcare. After providing background on health inequity and the impact of racism on health outcomes, we will work through a case presentation based on the experience of one primary care training program’s successful journey in Seattle, WA. Drawing upon participants’ insights and creativity, as well as real-life scenarios, we will explore strategies, obstacles, and rewards of both creating a more diverse staff as well as addressing the racism that affects our patients every day. At the completion of this workshop participants will be able to: understand how structural racism and implicit bias negatively impact the healthcare of individuals and communities; recognize the difference between working for racial equity as an organization and addressing racial equity within an organization, as well as their symbiotic relationship; anticipate, troubleshoot, and avoid common pitfalls to organizational diversity initiatives; and innovate and organize to address racism as a public health problem.
Healing the System within Us: Reconciling Our Internalized Dominance and Subordination (Intermediate/Advanced) Facilitator: Tanya O. Williams We carry the impacts of racism and our socialization around race deep within our bones. Even as we are working to align ourselves along the arc of justice, we have not yet figured out how to counter the collective programming of oppressive dynamics and systems. Knowing our privilege and where we have internalized the programming of dominance and subordination is only half of the work. It isn’t until we come together around our collective internalization of the programming that we can reconcile our relationships and take the next steps. In this highly interactive and reflective session, participants will identify the types of behaviors and attitudes that maintain the racial/racist status quo in their organizations and individual experiences, explore strategies to dismantle internalized dominance and internalized subordination in themselves and others, and identify effective ways to equip themselves with healing practices that can shift the system. The workshop will help participants think more about their relationships to oppression and white supremacy and how they are subordinated or sustained by racism.
How a Lynching in the Family Unleashed an Activist (All Levels) Facilitator: Karen Branan For twenty years journalist Karen Branan investigated the racial crimes of her powerful Ga. and N.C. ancestors, including Native American genocide, slavery, lynching, convict labor, and segregation. Her book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets and My Search for the Truth was released in 2016. It reveals that the youngest of four black people lynched by her family in 1912 was a mixed-race relative and that one motivation of the lynching was to end a widespread practice of miscegenation, forced or otherwise, by white men with black women. Branan, a member of Coming to the Table, has located, through footwork, genealogy, DNA, and other means, numerous African American relatives. In this workshop she shows how these findings revealed unrecognized racism in herself and engages participants in discussing their own family histories, their connections across race lines, and how that guides their political work.
How Organizations with an Anti-Racist Mission Statement Actually Protect White Supremacy (Intermediate) Facilitators: Darlene Flynn and Robin DiAngelo Are you working for an organization with an explicit anti-racist mission statement? Did you start out excited about that fact and now find yourself feeling very discouraged? This session will identify several key ways that organizations that profess a commitment to anti-racism actually work to protect white supremacy, and how you might interrupt them. The discussion is facilitated by an interracial team that will address the dynamics from both a global majority (POC) and white perspective. Flynn is the Director of the City of Oakland's Race & Social Justice Initiative. DiAngelo is a writer, educator and workplace consultant. Together they bring years of experience working to challenge institutional racism to the analysis.
How to Be an Ally to Native Nations (Intermediate) Facilitator: Jacqueline Keeler Keeler will look at issues regarding allyship that arose at Standing Rock. For example: understanding the role of tribes, respecting elders and community members regarding the development and implementation of strategy done on their behalf, and how to see beyond stereotypes when working with Native people.
How to Explain White Privilege to a Skeptic, and Interrupt Patterns of Privilege and Power (Intermediate) Facilitator: Debby Irving Using a series of pointed questions, Debby works with participants to build a graphic map of the groups people belong to because of social locations and roles in U.S. history and society. Participants will think together about how various groups have and have not had access to rights, resources, and respect, ultimately revealing the social positioning and impacts of white privilege and dispelling illusions of a level playing field. Once the graphic has been created, Debby then leads participants in an exploration of social dynamics and dominant cultural attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate power and privilege patterns, even when best intentions are in play. Participants will leave with two powerful tools to analyze power dynamics and cultivate transformative cultures in
their circles of influence. This presentation is highly interactive and impactful for those new to the topic or deeply versed in it.
How to Mobilize Privilege for the Benefit of All: From Shame and Powerlessness to Vision and Action (All Levels) Facilitators: Victor Lee Lewis and Miki Kashtan In our emerging post-election reality, social justice activists and educators face the pressing and difficult challenge of creating more productive conversations about privilege. In order to reach and organize the “mainstream” of U.S. society, our task is to develop ways of talking about the realities and consequences of social privilege that are liberating and mobilizing to a broad range of people. We need accessible tools for exposing the inherent and systemic invisibility of privilege, and the mechanics of systems of racial caste that it hides and protects. In this workshop, participants will learn about four productive and liberative ways of naming and engaging with privilege along with four familiar and counterproductive ways of dealing with it. Through interactive practices, participants can come to more deeply see, own, thoughtfully talk about and use privilege to work for change at all levels of society. As part of this workshop, participants will get useful approaches for engaging or leading others in conversations about privilege, as well as opportunities to collaboratively envision a world beyond privilege and what steps in our lives and work we can take to live in line with our values and commitments and create that just, beloved and radically inclusive community.
I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression: Using the power of art to explore the sources of white privilege (All Levels) Facilitator: Anne Mavor Have you ever wondered how you can reach out to white people who are scared to look at their white privilege and racism and whose first reaction is denial and defensive anger? This workshop will include a presentation about an art project that is doing just that, followed by listening processes and small grou