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).

Critical Cultural Competency Digital Engagement
Overview:

This Critical Cultural Competency workshop is designed for participants who want to understand the ways that societal inequity is embedded in institutional life as well as in individuals through socialization processes that shape thoughts and behaviors. The Critical Cultural Competency workshop is built on the premise that US society has a dominant set of norms, values and ways of life. This dominant culture establishes the rules and laws by which all people and their ways of life are measured, resulting in a society with unjust power dynamics based on socially constructed identities such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. 

The workshop will examine the ways that US society values and advantages some groups while devaluing and disadvantaging other groups through cultural bias along socially defined categories. The workshop will explore how people within institutions can begin to create new institutional culture by rooting their structure and organizational lifeways in a set of anti-oppressive, transformational values. Participants will examine unconscious bias and learn about the value shift required to start creating more equitable provision of services, programs, and institutional culture. 

Participants will:
  1. Gain understanding of the cultural power dynamics between dominant and marginalized identity groups and the socialization processes that uphold them
  2. Explore the impact of these cultural dynamics on individuals
  3. Explore the dominant cultural values that operate in our institutions to maintain oppression and the transformational values that can help create a more equitable institutional culture
Workshop Delivery: 

The Critical Cultural Competency 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).

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