Design Curriculum, Tools and Training Manuals on Structural Racism,
White Privilege and Culture, and Change Processes
Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity project (TWP)
Working currently with Center for Assessment and Policy Development and World Trust Educational Services on the Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity project (TWP), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to create modules that leadership development groups can embed into their training programs. The modules are designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences. We assume that supporting leaders to be confident and skilled at identifying how white privilege operates will help them better understand root causes of racial inequities and entry points for change within their spheres of influence.
The modules are designed to expand other racial equity training. Specifically, they assume participants are familiar with the concept of different levels of racism and have already done some work together on system or structural racism. The modules reinforce and extend that learning, add explicit attention to how white privilege was developed and its current implications and consequences, and offer multiple ways of building confidence and capacity to act on that expanded lens.
The learning methods support leaders to become more consciously aware of their most important values, identify the strengths in the room and build an environment that encourages people to try out new ideas and support each other’s learning. Concepts covered include: definitions of white privilege, white privilege within a system of inequity, implicit bias, white culture,
reinforcing or interrupting narratives, and entry points (decisions and actions within leaders’ spheres of influence where application of a white privilege lens may suggest new options). Participants also develop their own set of “back-pocket questions” (strategic questions participants create for themselves as tools for analysis and action) at several points throughout the modules.
We are currently updating the modules based on phase one of the pilot process, and also creating facilitator supports and resources so the learning modules are useable by a wider range of groups. This iteration of the modules will be piloted in 2014 and 2015 in Michigan.
Developed the Transforming Organizational Culture Assessment Tool to assess how white culture manifests in organizations, and includes examples of organizational practices to address white culture and racial inequities.
This tool is designed to help organizations identify various ways in which white dominant culture manifests in their organizations’ decision-making, recruitment and hiring, communication, evaluation and current equity practices.
If you are interesting piloting this tool, please contact Maggie Potapchuk.
Developed Consulting with Racial Equity Lens Tool developed for internal and external consultants to support their process in working with clients and sponsors.
Impact Silver Spring
Designed and co-facilitated with John Landesman a workshop series, Being White in a Multiracial Society, for white teachers and administrators from three elementary schools in Montgomery County, MD, to learn how to work more effectively in a multicultural multiracial community.
Past Work Experience
Director of Volunteer Services St. Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA), St. Louis, MO, 1993-95.
Revamped and coordinated eight different training programs to support 280 volunteers per year, including supervising 20 trainers, writing curriculum and developing a training manual. Area AIDS service organizations reviewed the training program and requested a collaborative training effort because of the program’s quality.