Designing Antiracist Organizational Practices
Institutionalize Antiracist Practices
Build a Culture of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Reimagine Supervision to Integrate Equity & Effectiveness
Build Power Through Meeting Facilitation
Activate Yourself
Cultivate Resiliency and Avoid Burnout

Designing Antiracist Organizational Practices

All trainings in this section are 2:00-4:30 pm Pacific.
Visibilizing Dominant Culture in Your Organizational Practices
January 22nd, 2021
January 29th, 2021 
In this session, organizational teams will explore the impact of dominant culture ideals (based on the work of Tema Okun) such as perfectionism, sense of urgency, and individualism in organizational practices. These beliefs pervade most of our organizations through our practices. We will define fourteen organizational practices steeped in white supremacy beliefs and reflect on areas of strength and opportunity for the organization/team. Participants will then identify transformative practices, as alternative ways of getting work done while preserving relationships, rigor and effectiveness. Finally, the group will choose one practice exercise to explore greater power sharing, transparency, or collectivism.
Giving and Receiving 
Authentic Feedback
February 5th, 2021
February 26th, 2021 
Inviting, intuiting and receiving feedback is a critical muscle that an organization must develop in the journey towards Antiracism. Everyday racism persists because leaders are able to silence feedback that is constantly being sent by those with less positional power. Some ways they do this include minimizing the feedback itself (that complaint is unreasonable), making the feedback about an individual versus a systemic issue (if that person was on top of their work this wouldn’t be an issue), or becoming confused by the message (I don’t even understand what they were saying. It must not be important.). In this session we will review feedback your leadership team collected in session one, dig into generating examples and specifics of areas of opportunity, and designing transformative practices to test in the coming weeks.
Becoming an Antiracist Leadership Team
March 19th, 2021
March 26th, 2021 
Most organizational leaders are selected, promoted and valued for their ability to hold a long-range vision, turn strategic priorities into concrete next steps, manage and grow staff, and hold functional expertise in critical areas such as human resources, finance, operations, or program design. As your team engages in a process to center racial equity in organizational culture, this new North Star must be incorporated into the job descriptions of leadership team members. Studies show that while anyone can attend a training or read a book on antiracism, about 50% of current leaders will not be able to internalize antiracist values in ways that will allow them to lead from this perspective. When leadership team members are divided - some holding dominant culture ideals with others struggling to pivot towards antiracist practices - an inertia will overcome the system. In this session, leadership team members will:

→ Define strategic priorities for 2021 that incorporate a racial justice lens.
→ Clarify the role of leadership team members in leading this change.
→ Learn a process to vet the ability of leadership team members to incorporate antiracist practices in their leadership style in 2021.
→ Practice navigating competing priorities using Antiracist Structured Thinking Protocols.
Equity Coaching Session:

Developing an Antiracist Implementation Plan
TBD with coach
TBD with coach.
This is a bonus session! Work with a BTCC consultant in an optional coaching session for just your team. In this facilitated 90-minute session, your coach will work with your team to
sharpen your 2021 strategic priorities.

Institutionalize Antiracist Practices

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Intro to Becoming an Antiracist Organization
February 25th, 2021 9:30 am
March 12th, 2021 9:30 am
The events of police brutality and racial injustice highlight that systemic and institutional racism still abounds in our country. While protests rage in the streets, what about the internal culture of your organization? How did you acknowledge the context for your staff? How were black staff supported to endure yet another wave of highly visibilized lynchings? What are the ways your organizational practices replicate dominant culture internally?

In this 2.5-hour interactive session join other organizational leaders in an exploration of how white supremacy ideals become embedded in organizational practices, and strategies to re-design both policies and practices to actively promote anti-racist culture. We won’t get it done in two and a half hours but here’s what we will do in this introductory session:

→ Ground in our own bodies, and acknowledge the role racial identity has played in the formation of our identities.
→ Unpack the layers between white supremacy, everyday racism, and antiracist transformative practices.
→ Use a series of guided questions to design transformative antiracist organizational practices.
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Becoming an Antiracist Board
February 16th, 2021 9:30 am
April 9th, 2021 9:30 am
Change is hard, but not changing is harder. Systems of oppression affect our Black, brown, and indigenous communities most.

Members of boards, governance committees, and community groups: It is time to take charge within our spheres of agency—our boards and organizations. We'll work together to examine where dominant culture seeps into your board culture.

Lean in to this moment to make the culture match your values. Join us for this specially designed training. In this training, we will:

→ Ground in our bodies and acknowledge the role racial identity has played in the formation of our identities.
→ Unpack the layers between white supremacy, everyday racism, and antiracist transformative practices.
→ Use a series of guided questions to design transformative antiracist governance practices.

Build a Culture of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Narrating our Journeys of Race and Culture
January 20th, 2021 9:30 am
January 21st, 2021 2:00 pm
February 9th, 2021 9:30 am
February 17th, 2021 2:00 pm
Racial constructs have long impacted our culture – what can we do about it? In this session, we will unpack a three-part framework that describes the journeys we walk to disentangle ourselves from institutionalized racism. This work requires knowledge of oneself, ability to recognize and name internalized and systematized oppression, and the courageous work to engage across cultural differences to experiment with equity and inclusion in organizations and relationships. We will combine participant story-telling with a research-backed framework to equip individuals and teams to predict and prepare for the challenges that emerge in anti-racism efforts, develop compassion for the struggle, and develop the resiliency required to persevere.
White Allyship
February 24th, 2021 9:30 am
March 4th, 2021 2:00 pm
How does our “whiteness” impact our work with communities of color? Now more than ever we need white people empowered to talk to other white people. Join us for an insiders conversation on what it means to be white, and the allyship opportunities that we can engage in to contribute to a more just and equitable society.
Unapologetically Black (for Black-Identified Folx)
February 23rd, 2021 9:30 am
March 4th, 2021 2:00 pm
Being black in America brings unique joys as well as stress. If you identify as black, you need no further explanation of what we are referring to. This session is an opportunity to join other black identified staff to share what it means and what it takes to be black today. Join this circle-type space for connection, support and celebration of black identity. What to Bring: Something that represents your ancestry (An object, a photo, an image… do you!).
Calling All (Non-Black) People of Color
February 24th, 2021 9:30 am
March 4th, 2021 2:00 pm
The term “people of color” (POC) encompasses people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. In this session we will acknowledge and think actively about how each of our communities distinctly experience racism, as well as the ways Anti-blackness permeates our cultures. By developing our dual capacity to process oppression we experience while simultaneously acknowledging privilege we will strategies for solidarity in the movement towards more justice and equity for all.

Reimagine Supervision to Integrate Equity & Effectiveness

The Fundamentals of Equitable Employee Development
February 2nd, 2021 9:30 am
February 4th, 2021 2:00 pm
80% of your budget pays for staff time—staff development is a must! How do we encourage performance, attention to timelines, and results-based thinking without replicating the extractive qualities of dominant culture?

Through the right combination of guidance and relational support a supervisor can develop the natural talents of their team, serve as inspiration when the going gets tough, and set high expectations for those around them to achieve transformational results using an Equity-based Framework for Staff Development. Developing these super-qualities takes dedication and a passion to invest in those around you.

Culturally Responsive Supervision Techniques
March 16th, 2021 9:30 am
March 17th, 2021 2:00 pm
Because most organizations are patterned against dominant culture belief-systems, those that work fast, write well, show up on time, prep intensely, and speak in bullet points will often be elevated as successful, while those with different learning and working styles will be critiqued and left behind. When dominant culture is de-centered, room can be made for other gifts and strengths that our organizations need.

In this session, supervisors will reflect on ways to dismantle dominant beliefs about “high performing vs low-performing employees” and translate our Supervision for Equitable Employee Development Framework into practical strategies to integrate culturally responsive techniques such as:

→ Relational Trust in the supervisor-supervisee relationship
→ Consistently celebrating success through concrete descriptive feedback
→ Drilling into challenge areas to identify a skill to grow/develop, and designing creative interventions to build and practise new skills.
→ Transparently visibilizing ones thinking about success using a matrix system - to get feedback on where dominant culture has taken over, as well as to visibilize current and desired states for an employee.

Identifying, Supporting & Working with Trauma
April 6th, 2021 9:30 am
April 15th, 2021 2:00 pm
As our country exploded with a dual health and race pandemic, how were staff with various positional power supported to navigate a turbulent context? What are the expectations for employee performance and deliverables when one is dealing with personal, systemic, or societal trauma? In this session, we will discuss brain science on how the presence of the stress hormone cortisol- impacts one's cognitive functioning ability. We will then unpack supervision strategies to see a trauma shape impacting a staff member, name it with compassion versus pathology, and develop a plan for support and performance.

Build Power Through Meeting Facilitation

Facilitation as a Practice for Equity, Inclusion, and Power-Sharing
February 2nd, 2021 2:00 pm
February 10th, 2021 9:30 am
If dominant culture thrives on individualism, an urgent pace driven by paternalistic assignment of tasks, and the stifling of conflict, then transformative culture rests on collaboration, big picture context setting, authentic grapplic and debate to arrive at collectively held decisions, and transparent implementation plans that allow for accountability. Inclusive facilitation is the key to this type of power-sharing for collective impact. 

In this session, participants will learn the Be the Change methodology of layering group development principles with agenda design strategies and build the confidence and skills to hold process goals along with session outcomes.
Holding and Sharing Space in Meeting Facilitation
March 9th, 2021 9:30 am
March 10th, 2021 2:00 pm
By ensuring your meeting participants feel connected, grounded and informed, you create the conditions for a high performing team. 

In this session, we will learn strategies to deepen relational trust amongst your team members, visibilize how to support various learning styles, and design meeting agreements that will allow for more transparency and inclusion. 

Finally, we will practice interactive techniques to invite a debate of ideas, where the facilitator listens for and lifts up key tensions to be resolved, rather than allowing the debate to dissolve into conflict.
Strategies for Virtual Collaboration
March 31st, 2021 2:00 pm
April 2nd, 2021 9:30 am
Working from home has offered some new dips and turns. The simple in-person reminders have turned into 3 texts, 2 emails and 1 ZOOM call. Going virtual should not result in less collaboration and flattened meetings with one-way conversations driven by powerpoints. In this session, participants will learn how to use a range of simple online tools like google docs and slides to slightly advanced tools such as MURAL to gather team feedback, integrate collaborative brainstorming and support transparent planning.

Activate Yourself

Activate Influence: Confronting Imposter Syndrome
January 26th, 2021 9:30 am
January 28th, 2021 2:00 pm
Most organizational cultures have deeply ingrained messages that one's value and success in the organization is connected to achievement, perfectionism, and fast-paced implementation of tasks with no struggle. 

If that sounds like you, you're not alone! Given these messages of white dominant culture, a perpetual feeling of self-doubt, self-critique and comparison to others abounds in the inner psyche of most staff. Developing an Antiracist organizational culture requires the deep inner work to confront imposter syndrome in one's own self-talk, and visibilize the common trajectory of learning most people face - where a series of trial and error, mistakes, false starts, and experiments ultimately combine as one makes progress in their work tasks. 

The more we normalize what actually happens for all of us, the less likely we will get stuck in a shame cycle holding ourselves and our colleagues to impossible standards.
Activate Awareness: Giving and Receiving Feedback
March 24th, 2021 9:30 am
March 25th, 2021 2:00 pm
Inviting, intuiting and receiving feedback is a critical muscle that an organization must develop in the journey towards Antiracism. Everyday racism persists because feedback from those with less positional power can be minimized or side-stepped. At the same time, feedback is necessary for all, regardless of positionality, to grow and develop skills. 

In the first half of this session, we will unpack the role of feedback in ones own professional growth, how to separate the underlying gift any feedback offers in one’s journey towards self-knowledge and growth from the wounding or embarrassment feedback might cause, and how to receive and integrate feedback with grace. 

In the second half of this session we will practice offering feedback to others through a three-part process: by sharing concrete evidence, describing the impact and making a request or proposal. By strengthening the muscle of both giving and receiving feedback, we grow our influence.
Activate Voice: Leaning into Conflict
February 16th, 2021 9:30 am
February 18th, 2021 2:00 pm
Seeking safety in groups, our brains have evolved a deep sensitivity to social hierarchy and what is happening in our interactions with others. Our social nature gives us a strong innate need to be seen and heard by others, to belong to a group and to be treated fairly compared to others. 

As organizations shift towards a racial justice-centred culture, Regardless of if a conflict is task-oriented or those where social needs are violated by others, a fear of open conflict must be replaced with the strategies and skills for productive struggle. 

In this session, participants will reflect on how their upbringing informs how they respond and react to conflict in the workplace, unpack how a victim-mindset may take over when the conflict overlaps with positional power differences, consider how to self-coach oneself to identify and articulate core unmet needs, and design requests to resolve tension.
Twice weekly sessions will be offered along these themes:

• New Year Envisioning w/ Altars 
• Acu Yoga Body Practices
• Somatic Practices
• Mindfulness & Meditation
• Storytelling in Your Body
• Movement
• Renewal, Rejuvenation, Resiliency

Dates to be announced.
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