September 11: Workshop with Beth Berila

Workshop with Beth Berila

From Allyship to Solidarity:
A Workshop for White People Working for Racial Justice

To be broadcast live via Zoom on Friday, September 11th
10am – 1pm CENTRAL (11am – 2pm ET/ 8 – 11 am PT)

Sustainer (pays for you and supports community rate): $100
Supporter (pays for you): $75
Community rate: $50
ACMHE members will receive a $25 discount
Access Grants are available to cover the $50 community rate: apply for an Access Grant

Registration is now closed

This workshop will explore how white people can move from being well-intentioned allies to “working in solidarity with” communities of color on the path toward racial justice (Mackenzie 2013). We will practice shifting the common blocks to showing up (white guilt, freeze, white supremacy values, white fragility and flammability, fear of doing it “wrong”). We will explore some useful considerations for white people to weigh so we can show up “right sized,” and how to repair when we intentionally or unintentionally commit harm. As we consider the invaluable role of anti-racist communities, we will develop more skill in the work of both individual and collective racial justice.

This workshop is open to all but is geared toward white people committed to doing anti-racism work. This model is based on affinity groups, which recognizes that while we all have work and healing to do on the path to racial justice, our work is different based on our identities and experiences. Sometimes that work is best done in separate affinity groups so we do not cause more harm or get in each other’s way. Ultimately, we can then come back together and work more skillfully toward racial justice.  

The workshop will include reflection, contemplative practice, small and large group discussion, and sharing of concepts. This is the second in a 3-part workshop series. Participants can take it as part of the series or as a stand-alone workshop.


Mackenzie. M, “No More Allies,” (2013). http://www.blackgirldangerous.com/2013/09/no-more-allies/.

 

Beth Berila, Ph.D. is the Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic, Gender & Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. She is also a yoga and mindfulness practitioner and an Embodied Leadership Coach and facilitator. Her most recent book is Radiating Feminism: Resilience Practices to Transform our Inner and Outer Lives (Routledge). Learn more at http://www.bethberila.com.