"Exploring Privilege," 2-6 pm, 4/9 & 23, YWCA Empowerment Center. $100. RSVP for series: www.ywcamadison.org. 608-257-1436
We're sorry, but the Spring series is full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email Amanda Yu at firstname.lastname@example.org. The series will be offered again in Summer 2015.
New workshop dates offer more opportunities for transformation
Start the journey that over 1,200 Dane County community members have taken at our Racial Justice Workshop series. Our experienced facilitators guide you in discussion and learning about the difficult topics of racism and privilege, while providing a space for healing and transformation. One attendee wrote, "I appreciated the care and efforts to make everyone feel safe. I was reluctant to share, but felt moved to share because of the guidelines."
The next workshops will be held the second and fourth Thursdays in February through April 2015 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the YWCA Madison, located at 101 Mifflin Street.
$100 per session or $250 for the full series.
Spring 2015 Series
The spring series will be held at YWCA Madison at 101 E. Mifflin Street in the 11th floor Vilas Room. Each level consists of two sessions.
Communicating Across Cultures: Level 100 - February 12 and 26, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Deconstructing Racism: Level 200 - March 12 and 26, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Exploring Privilege: Level 300 - April 9 and 23, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
About the Workshops
Communicating Across Cultures: Level 100
Looking at culture through the lens of race, the YWCA offers this educational training to broaden intercultural and interracial awareness and to improve intercultural and interracial communication.
This workshop explores the role that culture plays in communicating and resolving (or escalating) conflicts across racial lines. With a focus on racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, participants in this workshop will learn about verbal and non-verbal communication and conflict styles.
This introductory-level workshop leverages multiple learning strategies, including: interactive activities, discussion and a film screening. Through a combination of techniques, participants will learn more about themselves and the role culture plays in our everyday interactions and how to navigate these interactions with conscious and culturally appropriate ways.
Deconstructing Racism: Level 200
By examining and assessing how racism impacts and is perpetuated at the structural level, participants and organizations develop a critical consciousness which is the basis for action planning and implementation regarding the elimination of racism and creating multicultural organizations.
This workshop is an external examination of how racism is embedded in the historical legacy of the United States in our laws, economy, housing markets, and institutions, including our criminal justice and educational systems. By considering this historical legacy, participants come to understand the impact that past policies still have on our society today.
This intermediate-level workshop utilizes the Race: The Power of an Illusion film series from PBS. By asking, "What is this thing called 'race'?", a question so basic it is rarely asked, Race: The Power of an Illusion helps set the terms that any further discussion of race must first take into account. These highly interactive workshops culminate in strategic planning and policy analysis to help people apply these ideas to their individual lives and their organizations.
Exploring Privilege: Level 300
This programming focuses on advancing and enhancing the knowledge of people committed to challenging racism in the United States. Through shared self inquiry and analysis, we explore race-based privilege and its impact on and cost to every member of our society.
This session offers the opportunity for internal reflection through a combination of constructive dialogue and interactive activities. This workshop includes a screening of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. The stories highlighted in the film are insightful, poignant and speak to the subtle and overt behaviors stemming from bias that take many forms: personal, interpersonal, cultural, institutional and systemic.
This advanced-level workshop is intended for participants who acknowledge that racism is a real and pervasive force that can be subtle or unintentional, but is no less impactful on our community. Participants will examine the role that privilege has played in their lives and explore how their privilege can be harnessed for positive change and meaningful action.