Artful Facilitation Grounded in Racial Equity

Starts: 2019-11-06 09:00:00 | Ends: 2019-11-20 16:00:00

What does it mean to center the voices of the most impacted in group facilitation?

Learn how to understand, design for, and manage group dynamics by grounding the work in themes of equity, connection, trauma-informed practice, and clarity of purpose.

We ask participants to review the white supremacy culture article before attending.  The training will explore how white supremacy shows up in group dynamics and how we can transform those dynamics to achieve better outcomes for all. Throughout the training, we will:

  • Create a learning community that draws on each person’s lived experience
  • Provide opportunities for affinity space(s) and white learning space
  • Practice and critique our efforts to center those most impacted by structural and systemic racism
  • Explore group process and agenda design
  • Practice skills and build confidence

This is a 3-day workshop for facilitators, managers, community leaders, advocates, or anyone who is motivated to guide groups to do their best work. It is perhaps best suited for beginning and intermediate facilitators, but we often hear from more advanced practitioners that it is a good refresher or that it puts names to the skills that they already have.

Registration and Fees

With a goal of holding about half the slots for Black and Brown participants, we ask you to share your identities, particularly around race and gender, and to answer a couple of questions about what you need to get from the training. When you complete that, you will be placed on a waiting list. We will confirm registrations individually so that we can be mindful of who will make up our learning community.

Registration: The fee for this workshop is $570. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register here.

Work Trade: We also offer a work-trade slot that will allow one participant to attend for free in exchange for assistance with setup, cleanup, purchasing refreshments with RNW funds, etc. To enter the work trade lottery (deadline October 9), please click here.

We also have a free consultation session every month, open to anyone who has been through this training! It is a chance to connect with others striving to apply these practices. Click here to read about a past session. These are held at our offices (different location). We will provide more information at the training.

Schedule Details

Dates & Time: Three Wedesdays, November 6, 13, and 20 from 9am-4pm each day
Location: Multnomah Friends Meeting, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Lunch will be on your own. We’ll provide coffee, tea, a continental breakfast, and afternoon snacks. You are also welcome to bring your own food.

From Past Participants …

“One of the best, if not the best facilitation training I’ve ever attended.”

“The training addressed how systems are embedded in white supremacy culture, and strategies to facilitate in the body you are in. I appreciated having multiple trainers to see different strategies and ways of facilitating.”

“Thank you so much for the in-depth packet. I will keep it forever!!”

“Very accessible for new facilitators, with a lot of great information for more experienced ones.”

“I’ve already used a handful of these tools I took away from the training. We had a community meeting yesterday and it went sooooo smoothly which is not always the case. I feel more confident that I can do this work in a thoughtful and inclusive way.”

“I experienced what it means to truly keep equity work front and center; what it looks like; what interventions to use toward that goal.”

“Thank you very much; I have been looking for a training like this for a very long time.”

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Event Organizers

Kellie Shaw (She/Her)Kellie is a Black woman from Portland Oregon who is committed to helping her community find their authentic voices and stand against bias. She challenges herself to look at the world through an equitable lens and invites others to do the same. A consummate volunteer who supports grassroots organizations, she has sat on several boards throughout the area. Kellie co-founded a Racial Equity group where she facilitated lessons around racial and social justice for teachers and parents. Kellie has been a life coach since 2011 and currently contracts with RNW as an equity-informed facilitator, mediator, trainer, and coach. In her off time, in addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys traveling, skiing, and fishing.

Dare Sohei (They/Them)Dare Sohei is an Animist Counselor/Facilitator and expressive artist living on Chinook, Multnomah, Kalapuya, Clatsop-Nehalem, Kathlamet and other tribal lands aka Portland, OR. Their work spirals around the integration animist/indigenous lifeways with liberatory anti-oppression politics and trauma-informed somatic counseling. Their ancestries are the indigenous Taino of the Caribbean (specifically Boriken aka Puerto Rico), Africans by way of the Atlantic slave diaspora, Spanish colonizers, and French and Swiss immigrants to Turtle Island aka USA. Blessings to you and all your relations. Thank you.

Teri (She/Her)Teri has been training on topics related to racial and social justice for almost 30 years, and she has been a professional facilitator for about 15 years. Her work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.

Sandy BacharachSandy Bacharach, a white cisgender queer woman, provides bilingual (Spanish/English) equity-informed coaching, consultation, mediation, facilitation, and training on topics such as: communication and conflict resolution, interrupting racism, institutional equity, working with white parents to talk about race and racism with their children, and pronoun practice. Sandy loves to create and refine curriculum, develop and facilitate professional training & dialogue series and workshops for adults and youth.  She believes that the best training/workshop/dialogue experience is one where the wisdom of the room is able to come out and where she can hold space and challenge participants to go deeper.  It is in the conversations themselves that foundational skills are practiced and reimagined. Sandy loves a good agenda (plan) and blends that with following the needs of the group in front of her, staying flexible to a group’s needs as well as with a lens to stated outcomes.


2019-11-06 09:00:00

2019-11-20 16:00:00

$570 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Teri Pierson


Artful Facilitation Grounded in Racial Equity
Multnomah Friends Meeting, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Teri Pierson

2019-11-06 09:00:00

2019-11-20 16:00:00
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