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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Beginners Immersion

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MW St Joseph Grand Lodge

3503 N Mississippi Ave

Portland, OR 97227

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**dinner will be provided. Doors open 30 minutes before the training. You are encouraged to arrive early. This training will actually end closer to 8:15.**

Here's the link for the Intermediate Immersion class:
Here's the link for the Envisioning Justice through Storytelling class:
Here's the link for the Advanced Immersion class:

Welcome! You're invited to join other community members for cameron's second Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Immersion Training Program.

This training is designed specifically for people who identify as white or have white privilege living in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to provide an immersive experience that will allow white people to better understand the struggles of communities of color, and how to actively resist systemic and individual racism.

The location of this experience will be Sons of Haiti Lodge, the last black owned building on North Mississippi, which also faced potential closure last year due to pressure from the City of Portland: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/01/north_mississippi_avenue_nearl.html

This training will focus on definitions from race theory, the racial history of the United States and Oregon, and contemporary issues facing communities of color in Oregon. This training will offer unique engagement opportunities from your group facilitator, cameron whitten. Cameron is very experienced in digital and community engagement, and is committed to pre-meeting engagement that empowers all parties to get the most out of this training.

For the September teachings, we will be offering four immersive classes, for Beginners, Intermediate, Social Justice Writing, and Advanced Learners. This event link is for the BEGINNERS class.

If you're not sure which class you should enroll in, feel free to do a quick self-evaluation according to this criteria. You should enroll in the Beginners Immersion if you:

Haven't heard of implicit bias or critical race theory
Don't understand that all white people benefit from racism
✔ Say All Lives Matter instead of Black Lives Matter
✔ Say illegal immigrant instead of undocumented person
✔ Say "transgendered"
✔ Haven't heard of Bell Hooks, Audre Lorde, or Cornell West
✔ Say "but white people are poor, too" or "poverty is the real problem" in response to racism
✔ Have never seen the acronym QTPOC
✔ Can't stop from patting yourself on the back for your sacrifices for racial equality
✔ Are unfamiliar with or offended by the term white fragility

You can find out more information about cameron's professional background in the introduction statement below:

Hi! I'm cameron whitten, and I’m a Portland resident of eight years. I’m concerned for our collective future, as prosperity has been guaranteed for some Portlanders, but not all. My passion for social justice and positive grassroots change motivates me to better serve my community by facilitating educational opportunities around equity, diversity, and inclusion.

I see an intersectional social justice movement as a basic foundation for a livable community. I recognize the privilege I’ve grown up with, which has compounded with my experiences of being a queer, low-income black person in the whitest major city in America. Because I’ve seen the power that community building has to make a difference in my life and the lives of others, I’ve committed my entire adult life to working with the community to fight systemic oppression.

My most recent paid work was focused on equity, education, and social justice, through my role as Executive Director of Know Your City. Since becoming Executive Director, Know Your City has expanded its civic and cultural empowerment programs to reach over 5,000 individuals, including: 4 awareness events, 10 forums, 60 tours, tabling at 6 community events, and hosting our first ever annual gala which raised over $23,000 with less than 20% spent on the event. This year, KYC is expanding its 14-week Youth Print PDX community newspaper curriculum into from one high diversity schools and into five in the Portland, Reynolds, and David Douglas School Districts. Through my role, I’ve developed relevant experience in outreach for our programs and community collaborations, reviewing grant applications, fundraising, site visits/due diligence, grant reporting, event planning, logistical support, storytelling, professional development, meeting facilitation, and project management.

My most recent volunteer work was through Portland’s Resistance, a grassroots organization which emerged in November 2016 in response to the General Election. Through my involvement in the Portland’s Resistance Organizing Committee, we’ve organized direct action demonstrations, published our first policy platform targeting the Criminal Justice system, and offered weekly self defense classes to the community. We’ve been able to support marginalized communities through hosting Happy Hour events for people of color, femmes/nonbinary people, a queer/trans happy hour, and we also are doing community education work through our Resistance Talks. Additional roles I’ve taken include meeting facilitation, leadership development, event planning, coalition building, and strategic planning.

In my past eight years in Portland, I have performed work for these organizations: Cogan Owens Greene, Bitch Media, People for Bikes,Anita Yap for Portland Community College, Bus Project, Social Justice Fund, Race Talks, Living Room Conversations, and Know Your City.

I have provided trainings and leadership development workshops for staff and volunteers with organizations such as Oregon Student Association, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, Upstream Public Health, Oregon Climate, Economics of Happiness, Coalition for a Livable Future, the Bridge PDX, and the Oregon Center for Human Rights.

I’ve been trained in assertive engagement through Multnomah County’s Community Service Division, Center for Diversity and the Environment, the Racial Equity Institute, and racial equity through People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and the Racial Equity Institute.
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