Artful Facilitation Grounded in Racial Equity

Starts: October 3, 2018 9:00 am | Ends: October 5, 2018 4:00 pm

Make your meeting matter.

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, and clarity of purpose.

This training will begin by reviewing white supremacy culture, how that can show up in group dynamics, and how we can transform those dynamics and achieve better outcomes. Throughout the training, we will:

  • Create a learning community that draws on each person’s lived experience
  • 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

A 3-day workshop – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 3, 4, 5 – for facilitators, managers, community leaders, advocates, or anyone who is motivated to guide groups to do their best work.

Registration and Fees

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 September 16), please click here.

We are also about to launch a free consultation session every month, open to anyone who has been through this training! It will be a chance to connect with others striving to apply these practices. The first session will be Tuesday, November 13 from 9-11 am at our offices (different location). We will provide more information at the training.

Schedule Details

Dates & Time: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 3, 4, 5 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 …

“I feel that I have a comprehensive understanding of the ‘ins and outs’ of facilitation, and I am excited by all of the new tools I am going to practice.”

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

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

“Better application of an Equity Lens than many purported ‘Equity Trainings’ I’ve been in.”

“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.”

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Event Organizers

Jae R. TaiI spent the first part of my professional career navigating work in digital media and tv/film production in the competitive regions of New York and Los Angeles. My work experience ranges from on-camera talent to production behind-the-scenes. My positions include; principal roles in a Spike Lee Joint, and It’s Your; Associate Producer for Cisco and Disney Planet Challenge.  These days my focus is exposing my children to an environment with a balanced racial narrative. Since returning to Portland, I have worked with Self Enhancement Inc. and taken a more active role in race relations by working with Resolutions NW as a race dialogue facilitator. Tiny Tech Academy supports my desire for creativity and social change. Learn more:

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.

Teri PiersonTeri (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.


October 3, 2018 9:00 am

October 5, 2018 4:00 pm

$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

October 3, 2018 9:00 am

October 5, 2018 4:00 pm