Artful Facilitation Grounded in Racial Equity

Starts: February 11, 2021 9:00 am | Ends: February 25, 2021 4:00 pm

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 racial equity, connection, trauma-informed practice, and clarity of purpose.

This is not a training on remote facilitation – it’s a remote training on facilitation grounded in racial equity.

We ask participants to review the white supremacy culture article before attending.  The training will explore how white supremacy and anti-Blackness show 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.
  • Model styles of facilitation throughout our conversations in the training that speak directly to racial justice while inviting each participant to find their own voice.
  • Recognize the different training needs of participants based on our lived experiences of systemic racism. This will include facilitated affinity spaces with options for Black, brown, and mixed-race participants and facilitated learning space for white participants.
  • Practice and critique our efforts to center those most impacted by structural and systemic racism and anti-Blackness.
  • 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.

Accessibility: The only captioning we offer at this time is through AI (artificial intelligence) services – Rev for captions and Otter for live transcription. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.

Registration and Fees

With a goal of holding about half the slots for Black, Indigenous, and people of color 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 $875. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register here.

We encourage you to attend this training with up to 5 people from your organization (as long as folks are not in active conflict). Each person must register individually. For larger groups, we’ll want to explore the impact on the rest of the learning community and whether it might be better to bring the training to your organization instead.

Schedule Details

Dates & Time: Three Thursdays, February 11, 18, and 25 from 9am-4pm PT each day

This is a remote training via Zoom. You can see some introductory videos on working with Zoom here.

Ways you could participate:

  • Computer with camera and good internet access (best option – we’ll do some activities where we work together in a shared document, and this will allow you to participate fully)
  • Phone with camera and good internet access (standard data rates may apply if you don’t have wifi)
  • While we don’t require that your video be on at all times, we do find it important for allowing participants to connect with one another. Please let us know in your registration if participating via video will be a barrier for you.

We will take breaks, including an hour for lunch each day.

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

CarrieCarrie (she/her/sometimes Queen) is a Xicana Fat Femme, born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland. Carrie has been working within local fat and queer community for over 10 years and working towards racial liberation since she learned about inequity from a very early age. As a trainer, consultant and facilitator Carrie uses humor and direct communication as key components to making difficult topics more accessible to folks.

Kellie ShawKellie 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.

TeriTeri (she/her) 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 (she/her pronouns) is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years and another nearly 4 years as a Facilitation & Training Specialist.  Through this work, Sandy developed and led trainings in English and Spanish on communication and conflict resolution, advanced bilingual mediation, interrupting racism, and addressing the intersection of race/racism in mediation.

Dare SoheiDare Sohei (they/them pronouns) 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.


Hi, I am Aliyah. I am currently a senior at Lincoln High School. I have a passion for constitutional law and racial justice. In 2019, I served as a member of the Lincoln High School Constitution Team that came in first in State and fourth in National competition. In 2020 I participated in our Mock Trial Team. I also have taken Critical Race Studies at Lincoln and will be taking it again next school year. Outside of school, I have served as a member of the Latino Network’s Latino Student Action Committee and I am currently a teacher for Mission: Citizen, a non-profit that helps immigrants study to pass their civics test to become citizens. I hope to attend college and Law School in the near future. You are never too young/old to do what you love.


February 11, 2021 9:00 am

February 25, 2021 4:00 pm

$875 (pay what you are able)

Lead Organizer

Teri Pierson


Artful Facilitation Grounded in Racial Equity

Teri Pierson

February 11, 2021 9:00 am

February 25, 2021 4:00 pm
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