Artful Facilitation: Grounded in Racial Equity (Fall 2022)

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

This highly requested workshop is designed to help you understand, design for and manage group dynamics by grounding your work in themes of racial equity, connection, trauma-informed practices and clarity of purpose.

We’ve redesigned the training to include online self-paced work that can be done on your time. This means that we will be able to have expanded time for discussions, practice listening and receiving feedback, question and answer time, role playing and building community together.

Workshop Schedule

Opening session via Zoom: 

  • Thursday, September 29, 10:00am -12:00 pm PST

Self-paced work each week: Individual assignments and connect with 1-2 partners

Virtual sessions via Zoom:

  • Thursday, October 6, 9:00 am-4:00 pm PST
  • Thursday, October 13, 9:00 am-4:00 pm PST
  • Thursday, October 20, 9:00 am-4:00 pm PST

Online accessibility information can be found here

Apply the material to your own life & work: Between October 21 through November 2

Follow-up session via Zoom to give and receive support around successes, questions, & challenges: 

  • Thursday, November 3, 10:00am-12:00 pm PST

Who this workshop is designed for

This is a great workshop for facilitators, managers, community leaders, advocates, or anyone who is motivated to guide groups to do their best work. It is best suited for folks who already have a good understanding of racial equity or who are ready to learn on the fly. It’s a great foundation for beginning and intermediate facilitators, and 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.

Past participants say…

“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.”

“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.”

What to expect

The training will explore how racism, 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.
  • Recognize the different training needs of participants based on our lived experiences of systemic racism. This will include facilitated affinity spaces (which may include 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.
  • Notice how these dynamics arise in the training space and what we can learn from that.
  • Explore group process and agenda design.
  • Practice skills and build confidence.


If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility needs, contact us at 503-595-4890 or


Equity-based registration process: 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.

Fee: The fee for this workshop is $875 per person. We ask you to pay the full amount if you are able, or if your employer is able to offer professional development funds. If this is a barrier, or you cannot pay the full fee, we do have a pay-as-you’re-able fee structure. As you decide on a payment, we encourage you to consider how your identity, power, race and privilege are informing this decision. We encourage you to stretch yourself to pay the highest amount that you are able to pay while still having this training be accessible to you! What you pay goes to support our work and pay the salaries of our predominantly Black and Brown staff.

Registration: Register here. We ask each person to register for yourself, even if your employer will be paying.

Groups: 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 should register and pay 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.







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Event Organizers

Jaclyn (She/Her/Ella)Jaclyn is Chicana and white, and born and raised in Oregon. She has a Bachelor's in Social Work, Spanish, and Social Justice, as well as a Masters in Social Work in Macro Global Practice, and has spent the last 7 years working with nonprofits and schools in Portland, Boston, and Mexico. These roles have included connecting families and individuals with wraparound services, early childhood home-visiting, culturally specific programming for Latine and Indigenous youth and families, and community engagement. She is grateful for the teachings, support and guidance from friends, family, coworkers, mentors, community members, teachers and ancestors who have helped shape her passion and understanding of equity work. In her space time, Jaclyn enjoys beading and birdwatching.

Jamila (She/Her)Jamila (she/her) is a southern raised Black woman who recently relocated to Oregon in 2020. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, where she earned a Bachelors in English and a Theatre Minor. Jamila has spent the last 15 years working with executive level management in supportive, project management and coaching roles. In addition, she brings her lived experience, humor, love of humanity and her experience facilitating and coaching affinity groups, equity councils and union spaces to RNW. In her downtime, Jamila enjoys reading, Hallmark movies, and traveling.

Carrie (She/Her)Carrie (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.


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Artful Facilitation: Grounded in Racial Equity (Fall 2022)

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