Institutional Equity II: Leading change, shifting systems

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

Please note the updated location. We moved the training to make space for people on the wait list.

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

Updated location: Portland State University Parson’s Gallery, URBN 2121 (506 SW Mill Street, Portland, OR 97201)

Served by transit. We’ll send further accessibility information to those who register, including links to parking options.

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 (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.

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.


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
506 SW Mill St, Portland, OR 97201, USA

Teri Pierson

January 31, 2020 9:00 am

January 31, 2020 4:00 pm