Date: 10/19/2021, 2:00 pm—5:00 pm
County: Training Offerings
Location: DISTANCE LEARNING
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Exploring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in working with our communities. It can be challenging to talk about it, or to know how to, and thus is often avoided or considered taboo, particularly in professional spaces. Wherever you are on this journey, these workshops will allow space for learning, personal sharing, processing and making practical applications directly to your personal and professional lives.
This 4-part workshop series provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social experiences as practitioners committed to looking through a DEI lens in all of their work externally with clients and internally with colleagues. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of one’s own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage with colleagues and institutions they work within, how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism and how it impacts the families and communities they serve. Through the use of multi-media focused on recent events in the Bay Area surrounding racial inequity, participants will be able to relate content to their daily lives in the world.
The following is a guide outlining concepts and tools to help participants practice and apply them to their personal and work lives.
- September: Guidelines for effective cross-cultural dialogue, the 4 levels of oppression and change, cultural sharing activity, 3 dimensions of change
- October: PERSONAL/INTERPERSONAL – foundational concepts of socialization and internalization, our social groupings (historically included and excluded identities), Intersectionality, Microaggressions
- November: INSTITUTIONAL – structural & systemic racism, the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, equitable access and opportunity
- December: CULTURAL – Myth busting – Addressing anti-blackness, model minority, color blindness, meritocracy, objectivity, melting pot, reverse racism, zero-sum mentality within our institutions and systems, cultivating self-love and solidarity, co-conspiratorship.