Institutional Equity II: Leading change, shifting systems

Starts: January 31, 2020 9:00 am | Ends: January 31, 2020 4:00 pm

In Institutional Equity I, we introduce our equity framework and analyze how your organization’s values and practices drive your outcomes. In Session II, we jump right into exploring common racial inequities in the workplace and concrete shifts your organization can make right now.

In this training, we will support you in navigating the complexities and challenges of trying to shift organizational systems by:

  • Explicitly naming the dynamics of racial inequity embedded in workplace cultures
  • Introducing further frameworks for racial equity analysis
  • Inviting you to practice in small groups with examples and challenges you bring from your own experiences
  • Exploring strategies you can employ, regardless of the position you hold within your organization, to lead the advancement of racial equity


Institutional equity training with Resolutions Northwest that included the sun model. The next session of Institutional Equity I is on Thursday morning, January 30, at the same location. More information and registration


While the concepts are applicable to interrupting multiple systemic oppressions, this training will focus on racial equity rooted in contemporary and historical analysis of anti-Blackness, intersectionality, and systems of white supremacy.

Registration Details:

Regular registration: The fee for this workshop is $240. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register

Work Trade: We also offer a work-trade slot that will allow one participant to attend both the January 30 and January 31 workshops (see above) for free in exchange for assistance with setup, cleanup, purchasing refreshments with RNW funds, etc. Deadline to apply is January 6. Apply for work trade here.

Date: Friday, January 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Humboldt Gardens Community Room, 5033 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Served by transit.

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

Deepen your equity praxis

A training is as useful as what you do with the material. We invite you to join us for our Equity Praxis Workshop, to be posted soon, from 10-11:30am at our offices (different location). This is a free session where you can get support as you engage with the successes and challenges of moving your outcomes into better alignment with your intentions.

Recent Participant Feedback

“Incredible day at the Institutional Equity II Workshop led by Resolutions Northwest. Our ED and I spent the day listening to folks whose lived experience does not afford them the privilege of ignoring the systemic racism that pervades all of our lives. We are a predominately White organization, and we are working to change our outcomes to be more equitable. To do that we will change our systems. To do that, we will listen to those who do not have the privilege from which most of us benefit – White Supremacist Privilege. We will listen, we will hear them. We believe them. We are acting on their requests. Grateful to have been led so forthrightly and so honestly.”

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Event Organizers

Melody MartínezMelody Martinez is a community organizer, facilitator, and racial equity consultant. In Portland, she has primarily worked with statewide non-profits to oversee programmatic work and organizational development focused on creating meaningful, just outcomes for historically underserved communities. In her current role as Oregon Program Manager at Social Justice Fund NW, she organizes and trains community members to understand power and privilege and fundraise for social change. She is an On-call Facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and an Associate Trainer at Class Action where she leads interactive popular education workshops that inspire participants to take action to end classism and racism.

Teri PiersonTeri led her first anti-oppression training over 25 years ago, and she has been a professional facilitator for over a dozen years. Her work as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant 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 and social justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is often called “the art of peace.”


January 31, 2020 9:00 am

January 31, 2020 4:00 pm

$240 (pay as you're able)

Lead Organizer

Teri Pierson


Institutional Equity II: Leading change, shifting systems
5033 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA

Teri Pierson

January 31, 2020 9:00 am

January 31, 2020 4:00 pm