in Identity, Power, and Risk
The School of Consent is committed to teaching and promoting embodied choice and voice to help our workshop participants live in healthful connection and relationship with themselves, each other, and the earth.
Promoting embodied choice and voice means wrestling with the societal structures of power, privilege, and oppression that can make connecting with and trusting one another and ourselves so hard.
This is an ongoing process of evolution. Having identified gaps and areas for learning around embodied power, participant/facilitator risk, and repair in community, the School of Consent is seeking external training in these areas.
To meet this need, we have engaged the organization Both/And to provide six hours of training specifically designed for School of Consent Facilitators with useful practices for understanding, designing for, and intervening in issues of power and risk.
In these sessions, Both/And will ground Facilitators (now the participants!) in definitions of socio-political identity, power, and risk frameworks, engage them in critical self-reflection of their intersecting positions that impact their practice, and allow them to practice and integrate skills in relation to their work and facilitation.
Topics that will be covered:
Foundations of Identity, Power, and Risk:
- Establish identity and purpose of the group
- Understand core terms and concepts
- Build power awareness and communication skills for anti-oppressive, cross-power facilitation
- Introduce and deepen understanding of microaggressions and how to intervene when they show up
Engaging With Conflict:
Examine your personal orientations to power in a given conflict setting
Identify Blocks to Generative Experiences with Conflict
Identify and Practice skills for Engaging With Conflict, including Somatic Resourcing
Co-Create Repair Practices that can be called upon in the future
MELINA K MARTINEZ
(They, Them, Theirs | Biracial, Latinx: White, Indigenous
Melina Martinez is an anti-racist, feminist somatic educator, facilitator, organizational developer, and coach dedicated to working for equity and justice. Melina believes in building strong, inclusive communities and organizations that are transformative for their members and the world. Their background is rooted in firsthand qualitative sociological research about what creates inclusive communities and over a decade in leadership development work. Melina’s practice focuses on three primary pillars. The first is identifying and disrupting the oppressive systems at play, including uprooting internalized inferiority. The second is supporting a growing understanding of what it means for us to live in these bodies and seek to embody change. The third is sharing in the power of story to connect people to each other and the power of connection to each other, and to all of life, to bring about the healing we need.
She, Her, Hers | White
Leanna specializes in dismantling structures of white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and charity in nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Her areas of study and application include community-centric fundraising; equitable strategic planning; and relationship-centered organizational policies.
She was an inaugural fellow in both the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies Imagining Justice in Baltimore program and with the White Womxn’s Anti-Racism Alliance, and serves as a volunteer, teacher, and advisor with the Station North Tool Library. Leanna is a trained yoga instructor and avid athlete, and integrates nervous system awareness into her facilitation and coaching.
We have space for 23 participants. We will meet:
Fridays: Nov 4, Nov 18, and Dec 2
11am - 1pm Pacific*
*Please check time and date for your location for each of these dates as daylight savings time changes occur after the first class.
This is work that is best done live, and it can be challenging and bring up resistance. We ask that you plan to attend all sessions live. And life happens. If you can’t make the first session, we will ask you to wait for another offering. If something comes up with one of the other sessions, we will record the calls for you to catch up.
If you are interested in attending, we are offering three price points. Please pay what you can. Once we cover our basic costs for the workshop, any surplus will be added to our BIPOC scholarship fund.