Workshop Descriptions: More Social Justice Workshops

Practicing Allyship
aka: Acting Accountably in a Context of Oppression
aka: Solidarity Forever

What does it mean to “get it” about racism, classism, heterosexism and so on? How can we talk to friends and colleagues about these issues? What should we “do with” privilege? How can we explore the detail and nuance of one aspect of oppression, without accidentally contributing to oppression in other ways? Participants in these highly-interactive workshops explore some frameworks and tools for understanding systems of oppression, connect the ideas to their own experience, and identify steps they can take in their everyday lives toward collective liberation. Depending on the group’s goals, these workshops can focus on a specific topic or strategy (e.g. racism, socioeconomic class, cross-group coalition building) or take a broader approach. It can be adapted to be appropriate for groups of any age & experience level.

Adaptable from 90 minutes to all day.


Spinning Straw into Gold: Microaggressions as Teachable Moments
and the closely related: Making Microaggressions ACTUALLY Micro: taking responsibility for some impacts of our privilege

The titles of these trainings pretty much say it all. “Spinning Straw” is primarily for educators focusing on addressing microaggressions they witness, while “Making Microaggressions ACTUALLY Micrco” is for participants focusing on preventing and making amends for microaggressions they may accidentally do. Highly interactive, minimum 2 hours recommended, often incorporated into a longer multi-topic training.



Archaeology of Oppression – Uncovering our Unconscious Learnings

This workshop uses reflection, discussion and expressive arts activities to explore early learnings, assumptions and unconscious biases about social groups. The facilitators create a supportive and blame-free environment where participants can discover how oppression sneaks into their thought processes. Participants leave the workshop empowered with a set of tools to interrogate their assumptions and take responsibility for their beliefs. Depending on the group’s goals, this workshop can focus on a specific topic (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class) or take a broader approach. It can be adapted to be appropriate for groups of any age & experience level.

Adaptable from 2 hours to all day. Minimum of 4 hours is ideal.



Sex, Culture and Community

graphic of an activity from this workshop

For residence life staff and student leaders: How can we foster a healthy and respectful culture around sex? In this workshop we’ll unpack some common assumptions about sexuality and identify how heterosexism, sex judgment, and sex culture clashes might come up in your community. Most importantly we’ll generate creative ideas for building community that respect residents’ diverse and sometimes conflicting needs around sexuality.

Adaptable from 2 – 4 hours.


Communicating Across Difference (An Introduction to Dialogic Communication Techniques)

One of the most powerful ways to learn about social justice issues is simply to talk with each other openly in a diverse group. Of course, that’s not always as simple as it sounds. Differences in communication style among individuals and across cultures can make already-loaded topics even more difficult to talk about. This workshop introduces simple communication strategies that anyone to use to listen and speak more effectively about hot button issues. Participants begin using the new techniques right away as the facilitator leads them in a dialogue about a real issue that is salient for that group.

Adaptable from 2 hours to all day. Minimum 4 hours is ideal.