Writing for Social Change

As activists and social change leaders, we must often write words that inspire, clarify, take a position, or set the record straight. We often over-labor our writing projects and then are less productive and prolific than we might be. The focus of this workshop will be on getting over the I-cannot-start hurdle, and the I-am-bogged-down problem. We will discuss what people are writing or have written in the past and cover tips for writing often, writing with ease, and writing with power. All writing abilities and experiences welcome.

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Trainer: Tanisha Arena, M.S., Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice, Springfield, M

CANCELLED: Cultural Humility and Cross Cultural Communication: Bridging the Divide – Part 1

This class is limited to 20 participants.

Amihan Matias

Trainer: Amihan Matias is an organization and leadership development consultant, coach, and trainer with over 20 years of experience working with social justice organizations. She has overseen the  creation  and  implementation  of  a  number  of  cutting  edge  and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs, including a nonprofit executive coaching program, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six‐month leadership forum for women of color called “And Still We Rise.” She is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and educator and is certified as a trained mediator in the state of Massachusetts.

Class Description: We each experience the world from our own cultural perspectives, values, and norms. Yet, those from other cultures often perceive the same situation in a completely different way. These assumptions can create misunderstanding and conflict and cause us to miss important cues from people we live and work with in community. This cultural humility workshop will help you to uncover your own and others’ cultural perspectives, norms and communication styles. It will challenge you to understand and address your privilege and enter relationships in a more humble and equitable way. This new awareness will build bridges of understanding that will enable you to interact with and respond more thoughtfully, effectively, and collaboratively with a diverse range of people, which is critical in creating organizations, coalitions and movements with cultures that are welcoming and inclusive of diversity.

Objectives:

  • Examine the cultural lens through which you perceive and understand people and events, and challenge assumptions and stereotypes you have about those from different cultures;
  • Recognize, understand, and respect a variety of cultural norms, values, and communication styles, including your own;
  • Understand how white privilege and cultural superiority serve as barriers to effective multi‐racial movement‐building;
  • Learn how to better communicate and build bridges of understanding across cultures;
  • Begin to discuss ways to create cultures within coalitions and movements that welcome, respect, value, and collaborate effectively with people of diverse cultures