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The Anti-Racist Training Lab

The Anti Racist Training Lab
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Our seasoned practitioners provide a collection of interactive training sessions and resources to help sharpen skills and provide tangible strategies on addressing structural racism and advancing racial equality in the workplace or as a student on campus.

STUDENT WORKSHOPS
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1. The Black Student Green Book (students only) – Lenny Williams, Jeff Dess
From on campus racial discrimination to stigmas about graduation rates, Black students are currently dealing with issues that are impacting their retention, success and overall satisfaction with their colleges and universities. This impactful presentation provides black students on your campus with some specific tools that will enhance their overall college experience. It will provide room for ally’s to participate in the dialogue. Through this navigational talk, we will promote cultural competency, team building self care and more.

 

2. Balance of Power – Jeff Dess
As a student leader or activist it is difficult to find the balance. Being an impactful and meaningful leader while trying to impact change means walking a fine line. This workshop will help you be an advocate for your student body and address social justice issues all while being an agent of change and scholar. You’ll gain tips on how to assert your voice to assure your messaging is effective. Avoid being overwhelmed by the 24 hour news cycle and societal ills by learning the best way to articulate your narrative and finding your best voice.

 

3. Allyship Workshop – Dr. Nancy Adegoke
The Ally Skills Workshop focuses on facilitating conversation. The workshop will help participants become aware of privilege and power. Learn about allyship and community building. The workshop provides practical tools and provides resources for continued learning.

 

4. 5 Steps To Using Your Privileges, Powers and Talents To Create Sustainable Action Plans To Support Black Social Justice Movements – Angela Scarfia
This program is designed to give an easy step by step process for anyone interested in contributing to the Social Justice Movements. This session will guide participants in understanding what the Black Lives Matter Movement is, foundational tips for further learning about Systematic Racism, the different roles needed to impact social change and an understanding of their own privileges, powers and talents they possess that can support the movement. Each participant will receive the Action Plan Template, which they will use to begin creating their own action plan

 

5. Hear My Voice – featuring Rahsaan Coefield
This guided conversation led by Civil Rights Attorney, Rahsaan Coefield will help participants advocate for civil rights and for themselves. Learn where to find and who to call for the appropriate assistance in dealing with certain issues. Get help with understanding how to effectively report harassment and discrimination that has impacted you.

 

6. The Black Liberation Struggle in the U.S. – Rahiel Tesfamariam
Description: This workshop will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary Black liberation struggle in the United States, drawing connections to anti-colonial and anti-apartheid movements in Africa. Students will learn about the various resistance efforts utilized by people of African descent yesterday and today and the ongoing barriers that have limited the success of those efforts. This workshop will provide students a more politically-informed understanding of today’s Movement for Black Lives and therefore better equip them to know how to situate themselves in today’s efforts.

 

7. The Personal Is Political – Rahiel Tesfamariam
This workshop will examine the multiple identities (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) that inform our understanding of the world. Students will learn about how these personal identity markers can inform our political ideologies and activism (or lack thereof). Students will also be introduced to a set of key ideas and questions to help guide them in cultivating leadership traits and ultimately becoming agents of change — irrespective of their own identity politics.

 

8. DIVERSITY DEBRIEF: AMERICA’S STRANGE RELATIONSHIP WITH IDENTITY
This talk will provide attendees with a broad overview of the dialogue surrounding diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We will discuss the current space surrounding diversity, racism, and identity politics in the United States. We will talk about what diversity encompasses, why diversity must be tied to inclusion, and how to take steps towards more diversity and inclusivity on both a personal and organizational level. We will also delve into anti-racism and how addressing racism at merely an individual level will never be sufficient to achieve meaningful and lasting institutional and structural change. Additionally, we will touch on the concepts of implicit bias and stereotype threat, and end with a list of action steps and media that will help attendees enhance their understanding of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in meaningful ways.

 

9. Decolonizing Student Leadership
This session will provide students with the tools necessary to challenge colonized viewpoints that have guided leadership development and training. This interactive conversation will help students address the best ways to be active voices in their community on addressing racism, allyship, inclusion and more. This will help students understand their roles as potential change agents and will leave more motivated on how to grow as leaders and think more openly and freely about social ills and engaging diverse voices.

STAFF WORKSHOPS
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1. Allyship Workshop
The Ally Skills Workshop focuses on facilitating conversation. The workshop will help participants become aware of privilege and power. Learn about allyship and community building. The workshop provides practical tools and provides resources for continued learning.

 

2. Finding Your Voice: Identifying ways to be vocal and professional (Staff Only)
As a professional who is vocal on societal issues, it is difficult to find the balance. Being an impactful and meaningful staff, faculty, or administrator while trying to impact change means walking a fine line. This workshop will help you be an advocate for your causes of interest and address social justice issues all while being an active professional and avoiding work related issues. You’ll gain tips on how to assert your voice to assure your messaging is effective. Avoid being overwhelmed by the 24 hour news cycle and societal ills by learning the best way to articulate your narrative and finding your best voice.

 

3. Social Justice Strategic Planning
Dialogue is important but true action is essential. This session will provide key tips on how to construct a strategic plan to address potential racial and inclusion issues. Attendees will walk away with tangible items and timelines to address on campus issues revolving around the ideas of racism, identity and diversity.

 

4. The Anti – Racist Open Forum (staff, students)
Led by our facilitators, this Open Forum will provide attendees a safe space to discuss the impact racial injustice may have had on their campus or company. The workshop will provide questions and prompts to assist in creating an engaging dialogue while providing an educational experience.

 

5. Don’t Speak Slowly Just Because They Have an Accent: Navigating Implicit Bias in Your Work
For better or worse, our personal biases are woven into all facets of our work as student facing professionals. Our goal in this session is to help participants identify their existing biases, think critically about their root cause, and implement strategies to mitigate their impact. Grounded in existing research, participants will leave the session with strategies they can apply to their roles as student affairs professionals and best practices they can bring their colleagues

SPECIAL EVENTS
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Deep Breath Poetry Show
“Eric Garner’s last words were “I Can’t Breathe”. In part the community is struggling to breath. The people are protesting. Law enforcement is being examined and are also protesting. The justice system’s tumultuous relationship with people of color continues. Through this poetic and theatrical show, MrJeffDess challenges the community to start healing and finding answers by taking a DEEP BREATH.”

 

The Social Justice Digital Guide
The Digital Guide is a curated resource to help staff members gain a better understanding on how to discuss and advance the conversation on racial injustice. The guide will include, articles, book suggestions, websites, film suggestions, playlists and more. (The resource guide is an additional cost)

FACILITATORS, PRESENTERS, PERFORMERS
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1. Jeff Dess, Co-Founder, Chief Educational Officer, Trill or Not Trill
2. Lenny Williams, Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer, Trill or Not Trill
3. Dr. Nancy Adegoke, Licensed Psychologist, Professor, SUNY Old Westbury
4. Rahiel Tesfamariam, social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker.
5. Daedra Staten, ESQ, Law Professor, UCLA, Founder of SCG Consulting Group
6. Josh Mackey, Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
7. Rahsaan Coefield ESQ, Civil Rights Attorney
8. Angela Brown, Student Affairs Professional, Fashion Institute of Technology

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