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 eight hours: 6 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 3.5 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

https://vimeo.com/733840889

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 engage the following objectives:

  • Explore the ways white cultural hegemony in the US is commonplace and institutionally transmitted
  • Explore how white cultural hegemony ideology coopts and conditions systems, institutions, and the people that populate them to uphold the ideology of white supremacy in intersectional ways
  • Introduce tools and practices that can disrupt the hegemonic values and ways of being that legitimize the ideology of white supremacy  
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 eight hours: 6.5 contact hours of facilitation and participant interaction plus 1.5 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 4 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.

Toward Liberation: Building Shared Analysis to Transform Institutions
About the Workshop:

Toward Liberation is a five-week digital workshop series that explores a power analysis of white supremacy and systemic racism in the United States. The series includes 25 contact hours, which will guide participants through weekly Independent Learning in preparation for the Discussion and Deepening Session where Crossroads facilitators will assist in applying the shared analysis towards institutional growth and change. The workshop series aims to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Co-actively – in action together – create shared language for talking about how white supremacy and systemic racism operate in the United States society  
  • Explore the historical development of white supremacy and systemic racism in the United States  
  • Experience a sense of one’s individual and collective stake in the reparation and restoration of all creation
  • Grapple with how white supremacy and systemic racism operate by applying a power analysis to systems and institutions
  • Dig into the processes of racialization that misshape all people and consider how to build pathways towards antiracist co-liberation
  • Practice using tools, applying frameworks, and having intentional conversations together in cohorts that build the foundation for antiracist institutional transformation. 
Workshop Delivery:

Each week is focused on a Learning Module which consists of several individual (asynchronous) learning objects in the Crossroads Learning Management System, such as pre-recorded videos from Crossroads staff, interactive learning content, guided research activities, and worksheets to catalyze self-reflection. Each week’s independent learning culminates in a live Discussion & Deepening Session hosted by Crossroads facilitators who use a variety of modalities including large group discussions, experimental activities, small group sharing, and independent reflection to provide a rich learning environment to dig into the application of the analysis.
We invite institutions to create a cohort of between 24 and 40 participants, including key stakeholders, to journey through the series together with an internal manager to help track and direct the cohort. When filling a cohort is not practical, we will create mixed institutional cohorts within a similar sector of work (PreK-12 Education, Religious Communities, Arts Organizations, Etc.). For both single and mixed institution cohorts, we will assist your team in selecting a three-hour time slot in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The day and time of the series must be consistent through the 5-week series and attendance for all sessions is required to engage in the scaffolded material.

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.

Informational Webinar:

https://vimeo.com/733840889

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, the price per person is based upon our sliding scale structure:

Equity Rate: $115 per person
(Annual budget less than $400,000)

Sustainer Rate: $175 per person
(Annual budget between $400,000 and $2 million)

Supporter Rate: $240 per person
(Annual budget between $2 million and $16.5 million)

Builder Rate: $300 per person
(Annual budget over $16.5 million)

Crossroads has set the value of the workshop at $115 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.