The 2020 national uprising against anti-Black racism and the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Indigenous, and Brown communities have shown once again the urgency of dismantling systemic racism and advancing racial equity, justice, and liberation. This Racial Equity Workshop, brought to you by the Daniel Lim Consulting and Tanaisha Coleman Consulting teams, is an introductory workshop comprised of four unique sessions designed to strengthen your understanding of race, systemic racism, and white supremacy and equip you with tangible skills and tools for practicing anti-racism and advancing racial equity in your daily life and work.
Date, Time, & Location
We are offering the workshop on two different tracks – morning and evening. Each track can accommodate up to 50 participants.
Tuesday Morning Track
10:30am - 1:00pm EST
– Session #1: March 23rd, 2021
– Session #2: March 30th, 2021
– Session #3: April 6th, 2021
– Session #4: April 13th, 2021
Wednesday Evening Track
6:00pm - 8:30pm EST
– Session #1: March 24th, 2021
– Session #2: March 31st, 2021
– Session #3: April 7th, 2021
– Session #4: April 14th, 2021
The workshop includes optional lunch chats on Thursdays that are open to participants from both tracks. The lunch chat is a lightly facilitated, informal space for participants to continue the conversations from the sessions and learn from each other.
Thursday Lunch Chat (Optional)
12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
– Post-Session #1 Lunch: March 25th, 2021
– Post-Session #2 Lunch: April 1st, 2021
– Post-Session #3 Lunch: April 8th, 2021
– Post-Session #4 Lunch: April 15th, 2021
This workshop will take place virtually over Zoom. Participants will receive unique, secure Zoom links for the sessions.
The workshop includes four sessions spread out over a period of four weeks. The session descriptions are below:
Session #1: Race and Systemic Racism
The first session will build a foundation of shared language and understanding of race and systemic racism to support learning and skill development in subsequent sessions. We will explore how race and systemic racism are related and rooted in power dynamics and oppression. The session will support participants to engage each other in courageous conversations on racial identity and the process of racialization through interactive exercises, affinity spaces and individual reflection activities.
Session #2: Racism in Our Bodies
The second session will explore the impact of racism on our physical bodies and how white body supremacy creates trauma through the ongoing oppression of Black, Brown and Indigenous bodies. We will delve deeper into the first session’s conversation on race and systemic racism through the lens of embodiment, somatic experiences and inherited trauma. Participants will engage in somatic exercises to build awareness of the knowledge their bodies carry about race and systemic racism and to create capacity for healing and reconciliation.
Session #3: White Supremacy Culture
The third session will delve into how systemic racism manifests in many organizations and institutions as white supremacy culture and how this culture shapes relationships and social dynamics. We will explore the difference between white supremacist movements and white supremacy culture and the ubiquitous presence of the latter in American institutions. Participants will engage in courageous conversations to examine how white supremacy culture shows up in their lives, communities and organizations.
Session #4: Racial Equity and Systemic Transformation
In the final session of the workshop, we will draw on our previous conversations about race, systemic racism, somatic racism, and white supremacy culture to establish a shared understanding of racial equity and the patterns and processes that support systemic transformation. Participants will engage each other in action-oriented conversations to build collective capacity for practicing anti-racism and advancing racial equity in their work, personal lives, and communities.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who is interested in strengthening their racial equity knowledge and skills is welcome to attend this workshop. The workshop’s contents, activities, and discussions are designed to be accessible to a wide ranging audience with different levels of familiarity with racial equity, while at the same time cultivating an environment where everyone is challenged to learn and grow.
We recognize that many racial equity workshops cater to white audiences, which can perpetuate racial trauma for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) participants when white participants learn at the expense of BIPOC participants. While this workshop is open to everyone, BIPOC needs and voices will be centered in the workshop. We will use facilitation techniques such as racial affinity spaces, compassionate accountability, and conversation agreements that aim to minimize the possibility of BIPOC participants experiencing further harm from participating in multi-racial workshop settings. We work hard to create a learning environment that supports growth and empowerment for BIPOC participants. The workshop strives to support collective liberation and equitable learning.
Participants will gain the following knowledge, skills, and tools for practicing anti-racism and advancing racial equity.
KNOWLEDGE: Participants will deepen their understanding of race as a power relationship, racism as a systemic phenomenon, somatic racism, white supremacy culture, and racial equity as systemic transformation.
SKILLS: Participants will learn how to deepen their racial identity, strengthen their body’s ability to process the experience of racialization and heal from racism, speak about oppressive dynamics in organizational settings, and interpersonal and institutional practices for anti-racism.
TOOLS: Participants will receive a systems model for understanding racism, somatic practices that one can sustain in their daily lives, tool for assessing for and disrupting patterns of white supremacy culture, systems model for understanding racial equity, and tool for planning institutional strategies and actions to advance racial equity.
We take the following approaches to build a workshop atmosphere that optimizes learning.
LEARNING MINDSET: We approach training as a space for learning and having authentic conversations. We establish conversation agreements and employ other facilitation techniques that encourage participants to speak courageously and co-create a culture in which one is able to say the “wrong thing” and learn from one’s mistakes while at the same time holding oneself and each other accountable in a compassionate way.
CENTERING BIPOC NEEDS & VOICES: We center the voices and needs of BIPOC who have historically experienced racial harm, especially BIPOC who are multiply oppressed due to carrying multiple oppressed identities such as being low-income, LGBTQIA, and/or disabled. Please see the Who Should Attend section above about the steps we take to ensure that the workshop is a conducive learning environment for BIPOC participants.
MULTIPLE MODES OF LEARNING: Our workshops balance content delivery with interactive exercises that draw on participants’ real-life experiences so that the learning sticks. We take special care to design learning experiences that accommodate a wide range of familiarity with racial equity discourse and different learning styles.
SPACE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS: The workshop will include many opportunities to get to know and build relationships with your fellow participants. In addition to the four sessions, we will hold optional, informal lunch chats every week, which will help participants in both tracks connect and learn about the challenges and opportunities for racial equity work in different fields and contexts while enjoying their lunch.
We offer the workshop on a sliding scale from $50 to $500.
Participants who withdraw from the workshop at least three weeks before the date of the first session can receive a full refund. Withdrawals that occur less than three weeks but more than one week prior to the date of the first session can receive a 50% refund. All withdrawals one week or less before the date of the first session will not be refunded.
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About The Trainers
Daniel Lim (he/him)
Founder & Principal | Daniel Lim Consulting
Daniel Lim is a queer social change maker of Chinese descent. He is the founder and principal of Daniel Lim Consulting, a social justice consulting firm that partners with organizations and communities to build regenerative and liberatory cultures. He has nearly a decade of experience supporting individual and institutional transformation. His practice is strongly rooted in the wisdom of living systems, teachings of Black- and indigenous-led liberation and sovereignty movements, and draws on the somatic healing and liberatory practices of his Chinese-indigenous heritage. He studied ecology, ecological design and community development at the University of Vermont (B.S. Natural Resources, McNair Scholar), and community-based planning, environmental justice, and disaster planning at Pratt Institute (M.S. City and Regional Planning).
Daniel will co-facilitate the Tuesday Morning Track.
Tanaisha Coleman (she/her)
CEO | TC Consulting
Tanaisha Coleman is the CEO of TC Consulting, a service-based diversity, equity, and inclusion firm that helps organizations and schools build the agency to effectively manage cultural inequalities today to actualize a more inclusive and equitable tomorrow. Tanaisha is committed to leading by example and being a life-long learner of different cultures and perspectives. Tanaisha helps individuals and organizations navigate the complexities of comprehensive DEI efforts with mindful intention.
Tanaisha will co-facilitate the Wednesday Evening Track.
Sonya Buglion-Gluck (she/her)
Associate Consultant | Daniel Lim Consulting
Sonya Buglion-Gluck is a white settler born and raised on Abenaki land in rural Vermont. Her passion for environmental and racial justice grew out of her love for learning and reciprocity. Sonya studied power and privilege in environmental education at the University of Vermont (B.S. Natural Resources). Her senior thesis explored undergraduate students’ experiences with racism in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources to identify avenues for improving the school’s racial climate. Sonya is also the Founder and Executive Director of a small summer camp called Water Wanderings. In all her endeavors, multiplicity inspires Sonya to risk for deep learning.
Sonya will co-facilitate the Tuesday Morning and Wednesday Evening Tracks.