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And Still We Rise: A Six-Month Leadership Forum for Womxn of Color
January 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ESTFree
This is a 6-session workshop; participants can only sign up for the series as a whole and are expected to attend all sessions. Dates: the last Saturday of each month, January to June, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
January 29, 2022
February 26, 2022
March 26, 2022
April 30, 2022
May 28, 2022
June 25, 2022
And Still We Rise is a six-month leadership forum for womxn of color leaders, including our nonbinary siblings. As womxn of color leaders, the pressures we face are enormous. Every day, we juggle the demands of caring for our families and communities while feeling the strain of establishing our credibility, competence, and worth in a society that devalues and marginalizes us. We often do not have the support we need to be successful within the white supremacy structures and practices that are embedded within the culture of the organizations/groups of which we are a part. We experience high levels of stress and burnout as we do our best to push against a concrete ceiling. And frankly… we are exhausted. Yet, our leadership is needed now more than ever. How do we stay the course without sacrificing our wellness and wholeness? How do we bring our most authentic and powerful selves to the table and lead from our unique vision and values as womxn of color? And Still We Rise is a forum that offers us a special opportunity to come together in community with other womxn of color leaders to:
- Celebrate and affirm our experiences and identities as womxn of color leaders
- Prioritize our needs and nurture ourselves by practicing radical self-care and self-compassion
- Reclaim and embrace our authenticity, wholeness, power, and brilliance
- Create a network of essential and life-sustaining support with other womxn of color
- Revitalize our vision and faith in ourselves as leaders
- Share the stories of our struggles, strength, and resilience in a space where we are fully seen, honored, and embraced
- Sustain our ability to continue to do the work and make a positive impact.
We will explore the following topics/themes:
- Leading with Vision: Affirm our unique vision and practice of leadership and values as womxn of color leaders and develop strategies for bringing our authentic leadership more fully into the world.
- Naming and Claiming our Needs: Identify areas where we need support and learn how to prioritize our wellness and practice radical self-care.
- Stepping into Our Power: Explore the dynamics and challenges to our power and influence at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, age, ability, religion, and other dimensions of social identity and intersectional oppression. Identify strategies for navigating these complex power dynamics as WOC leaders in white-led organizations/culture.
- Building from the Inside Out: Addressing Internalized Oppression: Examine our internalized oppression and the impact it has on our ability to lead and succeed.
- Empowering Our Communities: Explore ways to come together and build powerful and effective coalitions and movements for social justice and equity.
- Next Steps/Additional Topics: Reflect on additional themes that emerge within the group as time allows, and identify next steps for ongoing networking, partnering, and coalition building.
Is this program for me? This program is for all self-identifying BIPOC womxn leaders, including our nonbinary siblings. We welcome womxn of color who are bi-racial, multi-racial. We welcome womxn of color across the spectrum of skin color. We welcome womxn of color of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, social classes, abilities, religions, and other dimensions of social identity. Our definition of leadership is broad and inclusive, and we invite and lift up all forms of leadership, both formal and informal. Oftentimes, behind the scenes leadership is the most powerful and influential. We are all essentially leaders. Since this program emphasizes community-building and deepening relationships, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in all 6-sessions. This program is returning through the generous support of The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.
Amihan Jennifer Matias is the founder of KAPWA Racial Equity Transformation. She is a racial equity and organization and leadership development coach, consultant, facilitator, and trainer. She has over 30 years of experience working with social justice and social change organizations, and over 25 years of nonprofit management experience. Amihan has overseen the creation and implementation of several cutting edge and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs. These have included a nonprofit executive coaching program for emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders of community-based organizations, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six-month leadership forum for womxn of color leaders called And Still We Rise; Amihan is a social justice activist, community builder, and leader who has a long history of community activism. She is a founder of Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) For Health and the recently formed Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alliance of Western MA. Amihan is also a founding board member of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership.