Below are examples of some of the workshops we offer. We design and modify workshops to meet the specific needs of your organization. They can vary in length from two hours to a full day and can be tailored for both youth and adults.
Foundations of Cultural Competence
This session helps to develop participants’ cultural competence by:
Providing a framework on how to address issues of equity and race.
Creating common language for entering discourse.
The framework takes a look at deepening awareness of self-moving from color blindness to racial cognizance; increasing knowledge of others and their experiences of racism and oppression; developing skills to work effectively across cultures; and advocating and taking action to initiate change.
Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Workforce
It’s no secret to those of us living in the northwest that there are multiple challenges to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. However, that doesn’t mean there are not people of color available who are qualified for the job. One common barrier faced is how to increase your applicant pool of color. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for creating an equitable process that brings in more candidates of color and ways to retain them once they are hired. We will look at effective language for creating a culturally responsive job description, strategies for advertising, ways to develop culturally competent interview questions and more.
Unpacking White Privilege in the Workplace
When trying to practice multicultural inclusion, too often the focus is on fixing “the other”, that is, staff or clients of color, leaving white perspectives, culture and identity normalized and unexplored. Through storytelling, discussion and experiential exercises we will shift the focus to examine how white cultural norms and privileges can create barriers to equity. By bringing into focus the ways white privilege operates on a personal and institutional level in organizations, we will be able to see how white allies and people of color can work together to reform systems and engage in culturally responsive practices.
Talking with Children and Youth about Race
Recent research has shown that children have very complex understandings of differences and stereotypes. Far from being color-blind, most children are aware of how their own skin color is an advantage or disadvantage. They also judge their peers based on stereotypes that adults might like to believe they are unaware of. Because of this, it is important that children are given anti-bias messages, through actions and words, to actively counter what they are witnessing in the adult world. They also need to learn how to advocate for themselves and others. In this workshop, we explore how children learn and practice racism and privilege and strategies for counteracting bias.
Stereotypes, Implicit Bias & Stereotype Threat
Shelly Harrell, Ph.D., states “A stereotype does not necessarily disappear from consciousness when it is successfully challenged. However, it does lose its “power” to influence feelings, attitudes, and behaviors so automatically.” Through video, interactive exercises and storytelling, participants are challenged to examine how unspoken, often unconscious, stereotypes create barriers to genuine relationships and influence our attitudes, behaviors and beliefs about one another. Participants will explore what they can do to effectively counteract stereotype threat using research based on Claude Steele’s work.
Racial Microaggressions & Cross Cultural Communication Skills
When we engage in conversations across cultures, there is always the risk that what we say might offend someone. Oftentimes we don’t even know why what we said was offensive. This interactive workshop is designed to assist participants in increasing their knowledge of microaggressions, or what racism looks like in the 21st century. Participants learn common triggers that push peoples “hot buttons”, identify and understand racial microaggressions in everyday life, and learn strategies to effectively communicate across cultures when racial tensions exist.
Advanced Microaggressions: Guiding Staff Through Cross Cultural Conflict
In this workshop supervisors and managers will develop their skills for engaging across culture when tension exists between themselves and their staff. Together we will explore in detail Intent vs. Impact, how implicit bias can affect their decision making in determining outcomes and unpack dynamics between employees when conflict exists. Participants will learn how best to approach tense situations through vignettes, role playing, video, and small and large group discussion.
Working with Immigrant Communities
Foreign born communities are an essential part of American life and often face many challenges when adjusting to life in a new culture. Immigrant communities also face discrimination and bigotry in the racialized culture of the United States. This workshop is designed to utilize an equity lens to help participants better engage and serve immigrant communities by looking at different factors related to human migration, growing a capacity to anticipate some core challenges immigrants communities typically face, and offer skills to improve cross-cultural communication with immigrant communities.
What’s Up with White Privilege?
Racism is among the most charged issues facing us today, effecting all members of society. Yet most forums that address race focus on the racially “different”, leaving White perspectives, experiences and identity normalized and unexplored. Through lecture, discussion and experiential exercises we will shift the focus and provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on what it means to be White within a society that is racially stratified. We will then discuss common ways that privilege manifests itself on an institutional and personal level and how it influences relationships within and across cultures.
Leading Organizational Change in a Multicultural World
What does an organization look like when cultural competence is institutionalized? What do I do with what I know? What can my actions look like to create culturally relevant systemic change? This workshop is geared towards participants who are committed to social justice but want to learn strategies that can lead to an infrastructure of sustainable change. Participants will learn two critical aspects that lead to successful organizational change: 1) How to strategically plan for a culture of inclusion and respect through equity team work; and 2) How to build an organizational culture that becomes increasingly comfortable with the discomfort that having courageous conversations creates. Finally, participants learn a model for multicultural organizational identity development and explore where their organization can prepare them for successes and potential barriers.
Train the Trainer: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations About Race
Participants in this session will learn tips and techniques on how to present sensitive information to a wide audience of learners, gain knowledge of pitfalls, and practice strategies that will help them become effective presenters of equity and race related topics.
Culturally Competent Leadership
As conversations about diversity are happening more frequently in our organizations, leaders are looking for ways to best address equity and inclusion. Far too often, people are assigned to lead these initiatives because of the position they hold or the racial or ethnic group they identify with, without giving them the tools they need to be successful. In this workshop, we will explore qualities of a culturally competent leader and strategies for cultivating culturally responsive leadership practices.
Cultural Clashes: A Simulation
This activity and facilitated debrief offers insight into cultural clashes that cannot be replicated by simply watching a video or listening to a presentation. This is a fun way to gain a deeper understanding of power dynamics in the United States and learn how we can create more welcoming work environments.
Racial/Ethnic Identity Development
Understanding where people are at in their ethnic identity development helps us to appreciate the lens in which they view the world. Our knowledge can be used as a tool to assist us in navigating difficult conversations around race. This workshop looks at the different dynamics related to ethnic identity development specifically between People of Color and European Americans. Participants engage in reflection and conversation to identify stages of their own identity development and how this influences their relationships across cultures. As the presenter discusses the different phases of ethnic identity development that individuals may go through, she shares personal stories and experiences to increase participants’ understanding of ethnic identity development and models the benefits of reflective practice.
From Belief to Action: Culturally Responsive Classroom Practice
Based on a foundation of awareness of self and knowledge of others, this workshop focuses on specific ways educators can apply cross-cultural skills in their classrooms. Participants will learn about classroom-tested curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and language arts that connects to the lives of all learners.
Recommitment and Renewal: Uprooting Internalized Racism
This workshop provides the opportunity for people of color who are actively engaged in racial justice work to come together to work deeply on their own issues of internalized racism. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the impact of oppression and racism on self and others and work towards healing their own wounds as well as aid in healing the racial divide.
Internalized Sexism and White Privilege: A Workshop for White Women
While white women struggle with experiences of gender oppression, we also benefit from white privilege. In what ways do these two phenomena work together to create misunderstandings, missed collaborations, and acts of supremacy? In this workshop, we will use a model to examine how our identities develop as we grow in our understanding of personal and institutional oppression. We will use "Theater of the Oppressed" and other interactive strategies to take a deep look at learned patterns of behavior and strategies to better collaborate in work for social justice.
Cultural Cues for Working with African Americans: Everything You Want to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
When we understand differences, we can embrace them, letting go of the anxiety and discomfort that commonly occurs when interacting with groups we have little experience or exposure to. This session provides knowledge of group cultural norms, values, beliefs and behaviors as well as strategies to effectively work with African American students, families and colleagues. Strategies on how to strengthen your relationships with African Americans are discussed to assist participants in developing effective approaches to working successfully across cultures.
Institutional Power: Agents and Targets
This simple simulation exercise allows people to experience the roles of agent and target of oppression. Through the process of making, learning, and breaking rules, individual and collective unconscious behaviors are brought to light. Participants will reflect on experiences of internalized superiority and inferiority during the exercise. After debriefing on a personal level, they will apply the learning to what it means for inclusion in a multicultural organization.
Is My Curriculum Biased?
This workshop will train educators to screen curriculum materials for a variety of biases including ageism, sexism, racism, ableism, and heterosexism. Participants will practice using tools for a whole school, university, or district adoption, as well as tools for examining materials in individual classes.