Equity & Belonging Spring Development Workshops
The Office of Equity & Inclusion is continuing our collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Portland’s Social Justice Program. Thanks to the high engagement of last year’s workshops, we are offering the workshops again this Fall featuring two outstanding community-based facilitators. This series is designed to be foundational and will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions, interact with colleagues, and think critically about topics of racial equity and social justice.
Collectively, we’ll take a critical look at what it means to be equity-minded and how to apply these values and principles in our daily work and lives.
*These sessions are the exact same sessions from the last year, so if you have taken these workshops before, please consider leaving the seat for folks who are new to these sessions.
“Exploring Identity, Culture & Inclusivity” with Dora Perry
November 29th, Tuesday: 1 pm – 2:30 pm (2.5hrs)
In this 2.5-hour workshop, we will examine how several concepts of equity are interwoven together. Equity vs. equality, tokenism, marginalization, virtue signaling, race, power, and privilege are just a few pieces of this dynamic puzzle. We’ll be discussing how those pieces come together and how policies and narratives are used as tactics for creating oppressive systems still harming Black and Brown communities today. Foundation/Introduction Level. Limited to 30 participants.
“Implicit Bias and Microaggressions” with Dora Perry
December 7th, Wednesday: 1 pm – 4 pm (3hrs)
In this workshop, we will focus on how each of our individual, subconscious biases play a role in perpetuating some of the harmful oppressive tactics embedded in our society, in our community, and in our minds. We will pull apart and dissect what implicit biases are and how they impact us on levels we don’t consider in our day-to-day lives. We will also discuss what microaggressions are and highlight the amount of inherent harm these comments can cause. At the end of this workshop, you should be able to take away how implicit biases shape our thought patterns on micro levels and potentially translate to microaggressive actions. Foundation/Introduction Level. Limited to 30 participants.
“Understanding Oppression” with Ruby Joy White
December 14th, Wednesday: 2 pm – 5 pm (3hrs)
This workshop provides a dynamic understanding of experiences of oppression on individuals in comparison to institutional levels. Together we’ll peel back the layers of oppression to examine its intersectionality with BIPOC identities, women, people in the LGBTQ+ community, those experiencing houselessness, and (dis)abilities. We will explore power, privilege, prejudice, and develop concrete skills for interrupting systems and cycles of oppression. All Levels of Awareness. Limited to 75 participants.
*These are interactive workshops and will NOT be recorded.
*These sessions will have automated closed captioning. PCC provides accommodation for employees who experience disabilities to ensure we all are able to participate in employment-related activities. Please make requests for accommodation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 971-722-5869 at least five (5) working days before the date of need.
*Attending the full session is required for registration.
*Part-time faculty will receive the negotiated stipend for their participation
*You can see the registration instructions from this link.