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Workshop: Developing Inclusive Practices (power dynamics, oppression, de-escalation)

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This free class offering is part of the Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Capacity Building Strategies series facilitated by Vo Vo and is sponsored by the Constructing Civic Dialogues program through the Office of Community and Civic Life.
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These free workshops are held with the intention of building a loose cohort and provide mentorship opportunities for people moving into anti-racist organizational or consultation work. This knowledge is often limited to institutions and this is an effort to provide free, public community resource-sharing. These sessions come from an abolitionist, trauma-informed and anti-racist perspective. Each training is followed up with a reflective discussion workshop, and there are opportunities to schedule free 1-on-1 consultation and mentorship time also (in Spring 2022). The goal is to pass on all lived and embodied knowledge to future practitioners. Some workshop descriptions, and the facilitator's bio can be read here:…

In this class participants will cover:

a. Power Dynamics, Race and Culture
b. Implicit Bias and its effects
c. Microaggressions: labelling, interrupting and defining
d. Inclusive Practice – pragmatic answers to organizational issues.

Each section will go down to specific topics, like implicit bias, cultural frameworks, perceived microaggressions, tokenism, colorism, and other manifestations of structural power dynamics that play out daily in our workplace with co-workers and when working with community members. It outlines the specific dynamics that occur in non-profit and other spaces, and the last section addresses questions raised about practice. We will reflect on strategies currently used in organizations to create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for marginalized identities. This training discusses issues and terminology rarely addressed elsewhere.

We may address aspects such as accessibility and collaborative partnerships that are culturally appropriate, instead of traditional outreach models. In advanced versions of this training, we will detail how to make a responsive Organizational Equity Plan for your program.​