Unlocking Systemic and Cultural Liberation in the Workplace

Workshop Series

Are you part of an organization, department, or team committed to equity and anti-racism but facing roadblocks on the path to liberation within your current systems? Look no further!

Drawing on teachings from Healing Circle Practice, Dialogue Education, and Intergroup Dialogue, our Unlocking Systemic and Cultural Liberation in the Workplace Workshop series provides a powerful opportunity for radical change within your organization. Here’s how it can support you in your journey:

Identifying Language, Actions, and Values:
We will guide you in identifying the language, actions, and values contributing to increased transparency and trust among your colleagues. You can establish a strong foundation for compassionate and accountable communication and collaboration by addressing these crucial elements.

Achieving Consistency Between Values and Dynamics:
Our sessions will explore the vital link between your organization’s values and the dynamics that manifest in the workplace. By gaining a deeper understanding of this consistency, you can create alignment, paving the way for a more accountable and equitable organizational culture.

Mobilizing Resources for Cultural Change:
We recognize that cultural change requires individual and collective effort. This workshop series teaches you how to mobilize resources and promote agency on both levels. By gaining a sense of collective responsibility and receiving the skills needed to resist and dismantle systems of oppression, you can drive meaningful and sustainable change.

Practicing Accountability in Challenging Conversations:
Navigating challenging conversations surrounding oppression and injustice is essential for the development of equitable spaces. Our workshop series provides a space for practicing accountability, encouraging honest reflection and dialogue. You will receive the tools to expand your humility and discernment during moments of tension. 

By participating in our Unlocking Systemic and Cultural Liberation in the Workplace Workshop Series, you and your colleagues will embark on a transformative journey towards a more equitable and liberated workplace.

Are you not convinced yet? Read the learning objectives and descriptions for each workshop below!

Workshop Descriptions and Objectives

Session 1 - Redefining Core Values for Cultural Change through a Liberatory Consciousness

A key factor that helps organizations successfully navigate cultural change is having core values guiding their decision-making and actions. Moreover, when agreements are developed in line with organizational values, they can reinforce them in day-to-day operations. This workshop will allow participants to re-evaluate and redefine the core values of their organization by examining and applying Barbara J. Love’s Framework for Developing a Liberatory Consciousness.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Analyzed the Five Faces of Oppression and their manifestation on an organizational level.
  • Applied Barbara J. Love’s Framework for Developing a Liberatory Consciousness to create anti-oppressive organizational agreements.
  • Categorized the practices, values, and behaviors that must be developed, improved, and abolished to implement their new organizational agreements.
  • Differentiated allyship from accompliceship and co-conspiracy.
  • Prepared ways they can engage in accompliceship and co-conspiracy to enforce their new organizational agreements.
Session 2 - Beyond Imposter Syndrome: Dismantling Internalized Oppression with Collective Accountability

Addressing internalized oppression is essential for generating systemic change, as it drives marginalized communities to believe and uphold the negative messages and stereotypes used to oppress them. This workshop aims to identify and address the manifestation of internalized oppression, particularly through imposter syndrome, which results in self-doubt, shame, and other negative emotions that hinder personal and professional growth. Viewing this issue through a collective accountability lens, participants will embrace healing and transformation by voicing the changes they wish to experience within their organization.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Examined the link between internalized oppression and imposter syndrome.
  • Shared their beliefs, values, or perceptions about their worth, leadership, and productivity.
  • Distinguished safe spaces and brave spaces from collective accountable spaces.
  • Chosen their desired organizational changes through an interpersonal and systemic lens.
  • Brainstormed strategies to advocate for their desired organizational changes.
Session 3 - Cultivating Mental Health with the Death of White Supremacy Culture

White supremacy culture is a system of beliefs deeply ingrained in many organizations, leading to an oppressive environment that negatively impacts mental health. This workshop will encourage participants to cultivate a culture of connection, authenticity, and joy by interrupting and dismantling the actions and behaviors that replicate white supremacy characteristics in their workplace. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Defined white supremacy culture as a series of institutional agreements.
  • Selected white supremacy culture’s most prominent characteristic(s) within their workplace.
  • Developed a list of effective antidotes to address and eliminate white supremacy culture’s most prominent characteristic(s) within their organizational dynamics, practices, and behaviors. 
Session 4 - Transforming our Use of Power and Authority for Racial Healing

Power and authority dynamics across racial and ethnic groups can create oppressive conditions that negatively impact our sense of belonging. This workshop will allow participants to examine how they use power and authority in their relationships and practice holding tension, managing conflict, and navigating disagreements when harm has occurred.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have

  • Identified the various forms of abusive values in their relationships and communities.
  • Reframed common misconceptions and conflicts in their communities and cultures. 
  • Classified their personal comfort, stretch, and panic zones in response to case scenarios addressing power and race.
  • Used facilitative questions when addressing conflict, tension, and disagreement across differences.

Workshop Logistics

Population: Non-profit and corporate staff

​Capacity: Up to 40 participants per workshop is ideal. 

Mode: Virtual or in-person, no hybrid mode.

Language: English or Spanish.

Length: Every workshop is 3 hours. The client can pick and choose specific workshops from the list provided or request the complete four-part series.

Cost: $4500 per virtual workshop or $5500 per in-person workshop.

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