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Fall 3 Part Series of White Women Leading for Racial Equity

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A three-day, three month series that focuses on the habits and practices of White women positional gatekeepers.

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Open to those that have participated in the Foundational trainings either Power with Not Power Over or Habits and Practices of White Women Gatekeepers only.

White women -- in this moment, we are being called forward. In the United States, white women comprise over 80% of employees in nonprofits of all kinds, as well as in education and nursing. As the dominant group in these and other service-oriented professions, we have a responsibility to be accountable for our racial privilege and its impacts.

Based on feedback and requests from womxn of color colleagues and friends in our community, we have created this offering to explore how to ground into our personal power, take accountability for our positional power as gatekeepers, and ultimately share and cede power more gracefully in service of racial equity and community liberation.

In this series, we will focus on three domains of leadership (intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional) that stand at the crossroads of white privilege/supremacy, internalized sexism and patriarchy. There is a tension here that we must notice, feel, and understand. As white people who are targeted by sexism, we get to look at the potential we have yet to step into where gender and race overlap. We must also be responsible and accountable for both our racial privilege and for undoing our internalized sexism.

Each series session will focus on a specific topic with readings, break out groups and whole group time. Topics we will cover include: cultural identity storytelling, dominant culture habits/habits of modern oppression, communicating across differences, and navigating the adaptive challenges of structural inequities. Reading and reflection will be assigned before each gathering.

DAY 1: Intrapersonal (Leading Self ) September 17th , 2020

  • Welcome and Relationship Building
  • Shared Language and Analysis: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Collaborative Communication Principles
  • Cultural Identity Storytelling
  • Domains of Leadership Competence
  • Racism and Smog: Dominant Culture Habits
  • Close and In Between Work

DAY 2: Interpersonal (Leading with Others)October 15th, 2020

  • Welcome and Relationship Building
  • Storytelling: Habits of Modern Oppression
  • Alternative Behaviors and Practices
  • Skills Practice: Communicating across Differences
  • Close and In Between Work

DAY 3: Institutional (Leading within a System) November 12th, 2020

  • Welcome and Relationship Building
  • Technical and Adaptive Problems in Structural Inequities
  • Case Study and Archetypes of Adaptive Challenges
  • Mobilizing
  • Close and Appreciations

Accountability:

Our colleagues of color have asked us to host these trainings. Their perspective informs the content and we are in regular communication with them to apply feedback.

We have committed to a self-imposed tax to Real Rent Duwamish and a contribution to The OneAmerica Votes Justice for All PAC, which works to ensure that immigrants and refugees hold power in shaping the policies that impact our communities.

Please note:

We will be intentionally centering oppressive containers of whiteness and gender in order to interrogate and interrupt dominant culture, patriarchy, and privilege. Come prepared to be uncomfortable.

This series is open and welcoming to anyone who identifies as female and/or gender fluid/gender non-conforming and we will explicitly focus on the intersection of internalized gender-based sexism and racial superiority.

About the Facilitators:

Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Currently, she works with several corporate and nonprofit groups facilitating retreats, trainings and workshops in addition to one on one coaching. Fleur’s work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development.

Organizations Fleur works with or supports that are led by POC include Wayfind Legal, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Resource Generation, Social Justice Fund, Justlead and Rainier Valley Corps. White groups Fleur leads or participates with include European Dissent, Nonprofit Anti-Racist Coalition and anti-racist white women for equity.

“The main ways I am trying to be accountable as a white person is doing racial justice work in relationship with people of color that I am collaborating or facilitating with specifically women of color: Keonna Jackson, Natasha Marin, Regent Brown, Jabali Stewart, Aparna Rae, and Maketa Wilborn. There has been a specific ask for white women to get coaching around their management and this series is a response to that need. I lead a lot of white caucus work while being accountable to our colleagues of color. I just moderated 3 panels on intersectional feminism for the Day of Action this past Sunday centering WOC voices I make mistakes often, I make amends imperfectly, and I am committed to living in integrity and in connection.”

Michelle Gislason

“My purpose and passion: Walking with individuals and organizations as they become who they say they most want to be. My stance on leadership: Unlike the traditional, solo, heroic leader model, leadership is a process, not a title. Therefore, it can live anywhere in an organization, a community, or in a movement. Leadership at its best is about working with others to fully realize an organizational or community agenda and mobilize to tackle adaptive challenges”.

Michelle’s approaches include:

  • Coaching and appreciative inquiry
  • Relationship building and finding common ground
  • Storytelling and honoring multiple narratives
  • Leveraging strengths
  • Frameworks and common language
  • Strategic design thinking and using liberating structures
  • Margin to center and power analysis

http://michellegislason.com/

Organizations We Actively Support and Contribute To FairFight, Future for Us. Groundswell, Intentionalist, Nonprofit Assistance Center/Wayfind, Rainier Valley Corps, Social Justice Fund.

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