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Equity & Beyond: Decentering Whiteness/Building Community

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The ReBuilding Center

3625 North Mississippi Avenue

Portland, OR 97227

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Equity & Beyond is a multi-week, dynamic learning experience that leverages a cohort model to address racial inequality. Through popular education, interdisciplinary activities, and collaborative strategy, we help participants challenge themselves and build their power as organizers for justice.

Supporters who are unable to participate in the entire 8-session cohort are welcome to purchase tickets to individual sessions.

Equity and Beyond will take place 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from January 16th to February 8th. The Tuesday venue is Sons of Haiti Lodge: 3505 N Mississippi Ave, Portland and the Thursday venue is Rebuilding Center 3625 N Mississippi Ave, Portland.

Session #4: Decentering Whiteness / Building Community

We will focus on understanding power, with challenging conversations about whiteness, white privilege, and white supremacy. We will finish the session by learning what it means to address racism through a community-driven approach, challenging the assume-then-act approach, and using assertive engagement and a fishbowl activity to as a means to explore authentic engagement.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Equity & Beyond is for anyone with an interest or desire to dismantle racism. Whether you’re a conservative, progressive, educator, or activist, this is a brave space that welcomes and affirms the experiences of all people. For beginner participants, this is a space to gain a intensive education and be exposed to people with years of experience. For experienced participants, this is a space to refine skills, develop new relationships with like-minded people, and provide invaluable guidance to those new to the cause.

If you face economic barriers to paying full-price for the Equity & Beyond training, email cameron.s.whitten@gmail.com

ABOUT ME

Hi! I'm cameron whitten. I’m a community advocate, storyteller, and civic entrepreneur who has lived in Portland for eight years. I have twenty six years of lived experience with racism, and am happy to share my story (with compensation) in order to create a better world.

I’ve grown up with many privileges, which serve as an interesting complement to my experiences of being a queer, low-income black person in the whitest major city in America. I’ve seen the power that community building has to make a difference in my life and the lives of others, and because of that, I’ve committed my entire life to working with community to fight oppression.

Here’s more information about my professional background:

My work recently focused on equity, education, and social justice, through my role as Executive Director of Know Your City. Through that role, I developed relevant experience in community engagement, interpersonal collaboration, resource development, event planning, coalition building, storytelling, professional development, meeting facilitation, and project management.

My recent volunteer work was through Portland’s Resistance, a grassroots organization which emerged in response to the General Election in 2016. During my time there, we organized direct action demonstrations, published our first policy platform targeting the Criminal Justice system, and offered weekly community self defense classes. We supported marginalized communities through Happy Hour events for people of color, femmes/nonbinary people, a queer/trans happy hour, and educated the community through Resistance Talks.

I’ve provided trainings and 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, Reedies Against Racism, Reconciling Works NW, Portland State University Queer Resource Center, the Bridge PDX, and the Oregon Center for Human Rights.

I’m trained in assertive engagement through Multnomah County’s Community Service Division, and have attended diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings through the Center for Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Resolutions Northwest, the Racial Equity Institute, and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

If you face economic barriers to paying full-price for the Equity & Beyond training, email cameron.s.whitten@gmail.com

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