The training is based on the philosophy that the common denominator in any organizational community is RELATIONSHIPS. Organizational relationships work best when individuals focus on the impact of their behavior rather than intent in their service and practice. 

The workshop will give attendees an anti-oppression tool box for assessing the content of their humor or general communication that may connote or denote a devaluation of a person’s dignity and worth because of their race or ethnic identity.

The facilitator is tasked with helping individuals through the process of internalizing their bias-disruption tool box and build self‐awareness with respect to assessing the impact of their behavior on others who identify as black.

Two Webinar Formats

60-minutes and 90-minutes

Agenda – 60-minutes

Module 1 – Exposing our simple-single stories

  1. Course overview (5 min)
    The lesson introduces the concept of oppression and encourages participants to look for at least four words, three questions, two values, and one idea that they can add to their anti-oppression tool box.  
  2. Avoiding Simple-Single Stories (10 min)
    The minds on activity supports participants in digging deep to unpack the simple-single stories that support overt prejudice and subtle forms of oppression called microaggressions.
  3. Explicit vs. Implicit bias (25 min)
    The lesson explores the working of implicit bias and the ladder of inference that supports and anti-oppression stance. Participants uncover four ways to mitigate the effect of personal bias that is rooted in the simple-single stories we have of those who are outside our zone of comfort. At the close of the lesson, participants will have 70% of the required items for their anti-oppression tool box.

Module 2 – Creating broad inclusive spaces

  1. Three-questions for thinking impact (10 min)
    Participants develop a framework for thinking impact not intent.
  2. Putting it all together (10 min)
    Using up to four simple scenarios participants develop their capacity to action the course content.

Agenda – 90-minutes

Module 1 – Exposing our single-simple stories

  1. Course overview (5 min)
    The lesson introduces the concept of oppression and encourages participants to look for at least four words, three questions, two values, and one idea that they can add to their anti-oppression tool box.
  2. Avoiding Simple-single Stories (10 min)
    The minds on activity support participants in digging deep to unpack the simple-single stories that support prejudice and microaggression.
  3. Explicit vs. Implicit bias (30 min)
    The lesson explores the working of implicit bias and the ladder of inference that supports and anti-oppression stance. Participants uncover four ways to mitigate the effect of personal bias that is rooted in the simple-single stories we have of those who are outside our zone of comfort. At the close of the lesson, participants will have 70% of the required items for their anti-oppression tool box.

  4. Professional boundaries and humor (15 min)
    Participants reflect on two rules for using humor and role of humor as a carrier of implicit bias

Module 2 – Creating broad inclusive spaces

  1. Using values to create an inclusive organizational culture (10 min)
    The lesson explores concrete steps for mitigating the impact of negative beliefs and expectations around racial minorities. Four experts reveal ways to use values to create healthy public spaces.
  2. Three-questions for thinking impact (10 min)
    Participants develop a framework for thinking impact not intent.
  3. Putting it all together (15 min)
    Using an open and honest communication framework, participants reflect on ways to courageously confront microaggression.

Self-Study & Trainer Format

The self-study format is ideal for individuals in a position of leadership and can be use by training professionals, or an executive director to build anti-oppression capacity for a team or department. The content can be customized to fit your organizational needs and used as a hybrid or self-study and group training using your own in class or online meeting platform.

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