Intermediate Mindful Facilitation: Tools for Equity Leadership

Starts: June 8, 2018 10:00 am | Ends: June 9, 2018 4:00 pm

The current trends toward racism, sexism, and xenophobia are nothing new, but they have become more powerful and visible. This workshop is for people trying to survive, resist, and transform these trends – people who are striving to change systems and organizations at every level. Driving real change demands our most mindful leadership and communication skills.

RNW is pleased to support this offering by John Lenssen, Roberta Hunte, Hector Roché, and Teri Pierson.

In this workshop, we will offer tools and frameworks based in mindful facilitation and racial and social justice. We will practice with scenarios based on the challenges participants face, but we will also engage in what is real within the workshop. We will offer participants the opportunity to give and receive feedback to one another, and to receive coaching and feedback from the training team.

The exact focus may change based on the needs of participants, but topics may include:

  • Engaging in conversations with partners in your equity work, particularly around institutional racism
  • Communicating more effectively with partners, potential supporters, or adversaries
  • Giving and receiving authentic feedback
  • Interrupting toxicity and power dynamics on an internal, interpersonal, and systemic level
  • Setting boundaries with power and compassion

Prerequisites: This workshop requires a strong racial and social justice analysis and basic listening and communication skills. Prior training in mindful facilitation is helpful but not required.

Schedule and location:

Friday, June 8, 10 am-8 pm – includes lunch and dinner

Saturday, June 9, 9 am-4 pm – includes breakfast and lunch

We will be in a beautiful 1000-square-foot retreat center overlooking the Santiam River: 39533 Santiam Bluff Rd. NE, Albany, OR 97322. To get there, take exit 239 off I-5 and head east ¾ mile.

If you need lodging, the closest options are the Comfort Suites Linn County Fairgrounds, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Albany, and Super 8 Albany.

This location is not wheelchair accessible. There is a gravel path, 14 steps, and a non-accessible, gender neutral restroom. If you are interested in this workshop but need an accessible location, please let us know.

Child care: It may be possible to arrange child care on site. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


Hector Roché, Roberta Hunte, John Lenssen, and Teri Pierson (see below).


Regular registration: The fee for this workshop is $375, which includes meals. A monthly payment plan is available. Register now

Scholarship: Some sliding scale and/or work trade slots are available. To guarantee consideration, please apply by May 8. Later applications may also be considered. Apply

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Event Organizers

Hector R. Roche "...To create a world where people live in community with each other". This is the mission that has guided Hector throughout his professional and personal life, beginning as a pediatric Social Worker, throughout his career in health care, public health, and eventually as Community Liaison for the Multnomah County Chair. As Senior Equity Manager at Portland Public Schools, Hector led the equity work for central office operations (Human Resources, Budget, Finance, Risk Management, IT, etc.), and leading joint professional development for operations and education. Since leaving Portland Public Schools, Hector has continued to consult with, and provide professional development to, educational organizations on issues related to equity and social justice.

Dr. Roberta HunteDr. Roberta Hunte is an educator, facilitator, researcher, mother, and cultural worker. She is an Assistant Professor in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Portland State University and facilitates trainings on equity, diversity and inclusion. She is a collaborator on the play We are BRAVE, My Walk Has Never Been Average, and the short film Sista in the Brotherhood, the later two projects are informed by her research on Black tradeswomen. Her focus areas are women of color feminisms, equity and inclusion, and reproductive justice.

John LenssenJohn Lenssen is a consultant who works with schools and organizations on issues of equity, leadership, culture, communication, conflict, bias, and organizational change.  He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Lewis and Clark College, teaching graduate courses in leadership, social justice, communication, and cultural competency. He previously served as the Team Leader for the Access and Equity Team at the Oregon Department of Education where he also served as the state coordinator for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program. He has also served as an administrator with the Educational Opportunities Program at Oregon State University and the Office of Minority Affairs at the University of Washington.  He is a former community college instructor and head start teacher.

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.”


June 8, 2018 10:00 am

June 9, 2018 4:00 pm

Lead Organizer

Teri Pierson


Intermediate Mindful Facilitation: Tools for Equity Leadership
39533 Santiam Bluff Rd. NE, Albany, OR

Teri Pierson

June 8, 2018 10:00 am

June 9, 2018 4:00 pm