PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE SESSION 1116
1116: Advanced facilitation skills for compassionately and lovingly facilitating large and small group workshops aimed at challenging racism and white supremacy
Tuesday, May 28: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 29: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
This institute will begin with an in-depth exploration of systemic racism and it's impacts, and will move to a facilitated skill building session to learn skills to effectively deconstruct the culture of white supremacy and privilege through facilitated intergroup and interpersonal interactions. Participants will learn, practice, and share key skills and methods needed to compassionately and effectively facilitate meaningful, large and small group sessions focused on issues of racism, white privilege, white supremacy, and intersecting oppressions. We will also take the opportunity to practice and coach one another in utilizing these skills in a variety of challenging scenarios. Additionally, attendees will critically examine how to construct a safe space including development of a deepened understanding of the difference between "safe" and "comfortable". By increasing our skill in clearly defining, explaining, and discussing the construction of racism to individuals who are at varying levels of experience, and deepening the understanding of how to establish safer spaces using ground rules, dialogue principles, non-judgmental listening, and unconditional care - we will offer tools and techniques necessary to build the compassionate connections, understanding, and respect necessary for social change, by and through supporting and engaging difficult conversations on racism and white supremacy.
Natalie Thoreson, MEd, Consultant/Owner, inVision Consulting