Workshops

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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND LEADERSHIP

Cross-Cultural Communication:  Developing Cultural Humility

The goal of this workshop is to encourage each participant to use creative approaches in order to reach across the diversity spectrum to improve our ability to communicate cross culturally.  This starts first with having an open mind, next understanding the broad spectrum of diversity, and then being willing to suspend our notions of what is correct, right and truth in order to understand the worldview of people who differ from us in some way.  Through learning more about ourselves, we will understand that despite our many differences we can move toward mutual agreement that will benefit the society in which we live.  

How To Break The Glass Ceiling Without Losing Your Mind and Soul

This workshop is geared to people of color who have not achieved their goal of being top supervisors, managers or CEOs in their companies or in academia.  Exercises are designed to help each person examine their strengths and provide information to lead to the presentation of a more powerful message towards upward mobility.

Lift As We Rise: At Stake Is Nothing Less Than Our Lives and Legacy

In this workshop, we learn from historical and familial sources of inspiration and strength in academia and human services. We bravely identify the impediments to our success with the institutions in which we work and collaboratively plan action plans that incorporate social justice frameworks for leadership. Finally, we will identify in-group accountability partners, internal institutional networks of support, and plan to implement plans to support other BIPOC and historically marginalized leaders and scholars to “lift as we rise” together, thereby building a critical mass for radical change.

HUMAN SERVICES

Human Service Practice with African American Families

This workshop is geared to anyone who works with African American families as part of their practice.  It covers culturally specific information, community norms and considerations, and communication does and don’ts, to assist practitioners in establishing effective helping relationships with African American families.  This workshop is designed as an introductory step for human service practitioners unfamiliar with the African American community but also for members of the community who may not have explored their own culture.

Aging in The African American Community:  We Must Get Ready

This workshop is geared toward anyone who is in their working years, the soon to be retired and the retiree who wants to help their family plan for life after retirement.  It provides information in three areas: Financial, Social/Personal/Health and Legacy Building. The emphasis is on the African American community because of the high rates of generational poverty, women who live alone and lack of securing our documents and history for the generations we leave behind so that we are not erased.

“Breach:  Walk Like An Ancestor”: A Generative Workshop In Response To Alexis Pauline Gumbs And Our Own Joy

In this workshop, our engagement in self-discovery and joy retrieval from history, spirit, text, and world is guided by the work of alexis pauline gumbs. We will be energized by her ruminations on what it means to be tender and vulnerable and walk as an ancestor, a root of those to come in blood, inheritance, or idea. we will push our senses to taste the “seasons in the air” as well as immerse ourselves in the generative power of play.  Together we will wonder, write, share, walk, listen, play, and open to new possibilities in our creative work and selves.

Hoarding Behavior

How can you live your best life if you are overwhelmed by things?  This two-series workshop is geared to those who work with or people who meet or are on their way to meeting the definition of a hoarder.  There are no easy “fixes” for this behavior, but the first step is understanding its possible origins and to provide assessment and intervention techniques.  It is also designed to encourage those who recognize their own patterns of too many things taking over their lives, to stop now. The first workshop is an introduction to the behavior, the second provides more advanced intervention techniques. 

CREATIVE PRACTICE

“Every struggle is an ecological struggle”:  Towards a radical arts activism 

What can we learn from Beyonce, a mushroom, the human body, and visual art?  How do we “read the world” and learn to write alongside it? In this workshop, artists and writers are invited to radically imagine a new arts activism that draws on multiple ways of knowing, lineages, histories, and interrelationship between the natural world and an artistic expression of balance and connection.  Together we will explore ekphrasis, writing in response to art, in relationship to works of art that help illuminate the relationship between environmental politics, anthropocentric thinking, and racialized experience. We will reference the work of Aurora Levins Morales, Camille Dungy, Barbara Jane Reyes, among others, that will lead us into observation, discussion, creation, and a community project.

Live to Write:  Live to Write (for BIPOC, Queer and/or Disabled Writers) 

All the business of writing stuff your MFA, DIY MFA, or THE MAN never taught you. In this class, we learn about bios, author photos, artist statements, grant applications, residencies, submissions, book tours, and more.