Power with not Power over for White Women
Sep 12th 9-3:30pm
Location: 2100 Building
(Image credit Janna Yashchuk).
White women we are being called forward right now, we have a huge influence on the local and national landscape. 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.
In this workshop, we will work from 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 session will focus on a specific topic with readings, break out groups and whole group time. Topics we will cover include:
Strengthen our service to racial equity and community liberation
Power with not power over requires us to know our power, to be powerful and to use our gatekeeping status for liberation
Based on feedback and requests from women of color colleagues and friends, this training will explore how to ground into our personal power and share power more gracefully in anti-racism and liberation strategies.
Our colleagues of color have asked us to host this training, their perspective informs the content and we are in regular communication with them to apply feedback.
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.
Organizations that I work with or support that are led by POC are Wayfind Legal, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Resource Generation, Social Justice Fund, Justlead and Rainer Valley Corps.
White groups/colleagues that I go to or lead are European Dissent, Nonprofit Anti-Racist Coalition and anti-racist white women for equity. I make mistakes often, I make amends imperfectly, and I am committed to living in integrity and in connection.
Donations will be made to Real Rent Duwamish and People's Institute.
No refund are given after registration. If there is another series, people can transfer to that one if they can no longer attend this one.
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.
Fleurs work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development.