Digital Engagements

Introduction to Systemic Racism Digital Engagement
Overview:

The idea that oppression, and in particular, racism, is not only a matter of individual prejudice but a systemic, institutional problem of power is foundational to the Introduction to Systemic Racism workshop, and requires structural intervention to dismantle. The workshop is designed for institutions who want their staff as well as their leadership to understand the systemic nature of racism and the role institutions play in its maintenance.

This workshop:
  1. Introduces a framework for understanding what systemic racism is and what is its relationship to white dominant culture in the USA
  2. Begins exploring how the values of white dominant culture operating through US institutions replicate patterns of intersectional oppression that advantage white people disproportionately and that harm people of color regardless of intent
  3. Invites participants – both individuals and institutions – to consider how they are upholding via institutional practices and norms–often in unintentional ways–systemic racism
  4. Begins unpacking what the long-term strategic work of dismantling institutional practices upholding systemic racism will require of the institution and its stakeholders

Participants to this workshop will gain shared language and frameworks with which to grapple not only their unwitting legitimization of systemic racism but with what committing to the work of dismantling racism and of cultivating antiracist culture and practice in their institutions will require. They will be introduced to a strategic methodology that can assist them to organize the work of dismantling racism in the institutions in which they are invested.

Workshop Delivery: 

Participants of the Introduction to Systemic Racism workshop will experience first-hand Crossroads effective methodology for facilitating productive conversations about race and racism. The workshop will be delivered via the Zoom platform.  It will be interactive and include multiple modes of learning. It is designed to take place over seven hours: 5 contact hours of facilitation and participant interaction plus 2 hours of down time for breaks and lunch. The workshop can be divided into 2 segments to take place over two days (for example, two morning sessions of approximately 3 hours).

Workshop Fee:

Crossroads’ workshop fees are on a sliding scale, based on an organization’s budget. Click here to learn more about our fees and sliding scale.

Dominating White Ways: Exploring the Commonplace Nature of White Supremacy and its Power to Co-opt Us All
Overview:

White supremacy ideology is perhaps the greatest barrier to achieving socio-political, economic, cultural, and ecological sustainability in the USA. It is critically important that community and institutional leaders grasp the widespread constancy of white supremacy ideology; their conditioned investment in the ideology, and begin to imagine how to collaborate with others to dismantle it. This daylong workshop will offer participants…

  • A deep dive into white supremacy ideology paying particular attention to how it features dominantly in US culture
  • An intersectional exploration of the ways this ideology operates dominantly resulting in the cooptation of systems, institutions, and the people that populate them
  • Tools and practices to assess & disrupt how the values and ways of being of white supremacy ideology operate their institutions
Workshop Delivery:

This workshop will be delivered via the Zoom platform.  It will be interactive and include multiple modes of learning. It is designed to take place over seven hours: 5 contact hours of facilitation and participant interaction plus 2 hours of down time for breaks and a meal. The workshop can be divided into 2 segments to take place over two days (for example, two morning sessions of approximately 3 hours).

Workshop Fee:

Crossroads’ workshop fees are on a sliding scale, based on an organization’s budget. Click here to learn more about our fees and sliding scale.

Saturday School

Periodically throughout the year, Crossroads offers public workshops that individuals, as well as small groups of people from institutions, can participate in. We call these offerings “Saturday School.”

Each organization/institution is limited to sending a maximum of 4 individuals to these public workshops. If you are authorized by your institution to attend the workshop and they are paying your registration, and your institutional budget is greater than $2 million, the price of the workshop is $200 per person.

Crossroads has set the value of the workshop at $100 for individuals attending and paying out of their own pocket; recognizing that price can be a barrier to attendance, we invite you to pay what is appropriate for you. In order to ensure confidentiality all participants must register even if you are selecting the $0 registration price. Previous participation in Crossroads workshops does not grant guest, un-registered or unpaid access to Crossroads digital workshops.

All workshop participants are expected to attend the complete workshop from beginning to end and to not go ” in and out” of the workshop space. Participants who repeatedly leave the workshop while it is in progress may not be allowed to re-enter the workshop at the discretion of the facilitators. In addition, if participants turn off their camera and the facilitators perceive this is done to mask disengagement from the workshop, they will be dropped from the Zoom feed and not allowed to re-enter.

The link to the workshop will be sent to you the week before the event. Please note- these workshops are hosted on Zoom. In order to access the full functions of Zoom it is best to be on a laptop or desktop computer. A tablet or phone will limit your ability to interact.