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White Women in Management: Racial Equity in Practice

A 3 part series on April 2nd, May 7th, and June 4th 4:30-7pm Location tbd

Registration here $240 for the series.

This workshop is for white women in mid-career or later who have positional authority and supervisory responsibilities within their organizations. 

You have experience, expertise, and great skills, and you’ve worked hard to get to where you’re at. You have an analysis of power and privilege and are trying to figure out how to do your work within this awareness. Holding the nuances of sexism, internalized sexism, accountability, allyship and intersectionality can be challenging and confusing.

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.

In this workshop, we will strengthen our service to racial equity and community liberation. Each session will focus on a specific topic with readings, break out groups and whole group time. Questions we will cover include:

  • How do you balance the expectations of your organization or institution, including its cultural norms and pressure from decision-makers like the board or electeds, and be accountable for your gatekeeping status?

  • What do accountability and allyship look like with people of color who you manage or supervise?

  • How can we interrupt the ways that our internalized sexism colludes with our conditioning toward “white solidarity,” our tacit enabling of white control and comfort at the expense of people of color?

  • How can we unpack notions of success in a white male world in order to inhabit our wholeness as white women in relationship with women of color and as models for other white women?

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.

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.

Diana Falchuck is a community and government projects entrepreneur, educator, trainer, facilitator, organizer, artist, and parent with 17 years' experience designing creative strategies to build racial equity and social justice. 

She brings expertise in: 
- Racial equity and social justice
- Organizational development with an equity lens
- Training and dialogue facilitation on oppression, race, racism, whiteness, organizational change and collective action
- The arts and arts organizations, including museums
- Training and learning activities based in visual, performing and literary arts
- Multi-sector partnerships (government, business and non-profit spanning areas such as housing, education, criminal justice and the arts)
- Alternatives to incarceration for youth
- Juvenile justice policy development and advocacy
- Racial equity policy research and analysis