Curriculum Overview

We consider the following content elements essential in our first year (typically 10-12 sessions) with a new group. Some topics require more than one session, and some topics may overlap with others within the same session. In addition,  our facilitators are flexible in the moment, tending to what emerges in the group. The learners guide the learning as much as the design does. Click here to download a more detailed .pdf version of this overview. 

Grounding in Collective Practices for Sustainability in the Work

  • Comparing love and professional culture: where do they intersect?

  • Acknowledging history and our ancestry of resistance

  • Storytelling and relationship building

  • Building trust through collective vulnerability

  • Creating working agreements: practicing healthier ways of relating to each other

Building a Common Language and Framework

  • Defining core concepts, including oppression and intersectionality

  • Developing a four levels/systems analysis

Implicit Bias and Social Identities

  • Completing a social identity profile

  • Exploring what brain science teaches us about implicit bias

  • Understanding identity development models for both dominant and marginalized identities

Power and Privilege & The Cycle of Socialization

  • Understanding how our first messages about our social identities were received

  • Unpacking internalized oppression and internalized dominance

  • Exploring our socialization around how we relate to our bodies: What end does this socialization serve?

History

  • Presenting US history in context

  • Exploring local and national policies that create(d) inequitable structural outcomes

  • Watching films

Culture

  • Analyzing the cultural iceberg (the seen and unseen elements of culture)

  • Defining and resisting white supremacy culture

Institutional Transformation

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Leading for Equity

  • Assessing the institution against the anti-racist continuum

  • Exploring individual and institutional strengths, finding our “lanes”

  • Developing personal and institutional action plans

Intervention and Skill Development

  • Accountability

  • Perpetrator atonement and survivor-focused healing

  • Definitions of justice

  • Approaches to confrontation

  • Allyship vs. solidarity

  • Living with paradoxes

  • Confronting the savior model

  • Antidotes to white supremacy culture

  • Authentic relationships

  • Thinking systemically

  • Self-awareness

Love, Belonging, and Liberation

  • Processing the cycle of liberation

  • Asking ourselves: How would we live if we put love of each other at the core of our group?

  • Meeting in like-identity groups (race-based, gender-based, etc.) to process the impacts of oppression

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