Professional Development Series on Antiracism

Mandala Center for Change Workshops

The Mandala Center for Change provides workshops and development opportunities on anti-oppression so that organizations can better serve their communities and create a healthier and more inclusive environment in the workplace. Their approach is highly participatory and includes work on internal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic oppression. They apply a trauma-informed framework and rely on a popular education model of learning which engages the wisdom of participants and shared learning guided by strong facilitation. They always bring an intersectional consciousness and consider race as it intersects with gender, class, religion, ability, etc.

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Race-Based Affinity Groups

Thursday, February 17th and Friday, February 18th, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. MST
Given the current climate around race in the US, the Center recommends starting with separate racial caucuses; one for White identifying individuals and another for individuals who identify as racially marginalized. They recognize that multi-heritage and bi-racial people will self-assess which caucus will best meet their needs. Doing deep work on race in mixed groups is challenging. What White individuals often need to work on is different than individuals who are racially marginalized. Thus, this work is most authentically and healthily done in separate spaces. Racially marginalized individuals face racism daily and most know how to talk about it and therefore usually don't need basic Anti-Racism 101 education while most White people do need fundamental concepts and practice to normalize talking about it. Overall, these groups are intended to provide a healthy container to share stories as well as for self-reflection, action practice, increased awareness, and application of tools for a more equitable, healthy, and joyous workplace for all.

Anti-Oppression Leadership Development

Friday, March 25th, 8 - 5 p.m. MST * Prerequisite: 8 hours of Race-Based Affinity Group work training
For faculty interested in long-term anti-oppression leadership at Colorado College, this highly participatory professional development session builds on antiracism practice including intersectionality of oppressions. Using both didactic as well as embodied methods, the content will be driven, in part, by the needs of the group. It may include but is not limited to:

  • Power analysis of social group membership (intersectionality) with interactive exercises and applications.
  • Discussion of strategies for navigating the complexities of race within the US context.
  • Story sharing to encourage self-reflection and build solidarity.
  • Action practice to explore strategies for a more just and equitable workplace for all.
  • Self-care practices and frameworks to support social-emotional health and wellbeing.

Extended Anti-Oppression Leadership Development

Friday, April 22nd, 8 - 5 p.m. MST * Prerequisites: 8 hours of Race-based Affinity Group Work & 8 hours of Anti-Oppression Leadership Development
This session is for faculty who want to extend their professional development work in anti-oppression leadership. The content builds on the anti-oppression leadership development session described above.

Creating Safer Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Students

Thursday, Apr. 14th, 1 - 3 p.m.

This development workshop is an opportunity for faculty to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender, and sexuality, and examine our prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. There is pressure to already know how to be LGBTQ+ inclusive, but what that looks like in practice can be hard to know. And while many of us want to be inclusive, we don't necessarily feel comfortable with the language, with our own level of understanding, and may not know where to go to learn more. This workshop offers a space for faculty to learn together how we can best support our LGBTQ+ students.

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Anti-Racism in Field Study Workshop Series

Part 1: Defining the Problem March 2nd, 3:30-5, Tutt Library 238
Part 2: Anti-Racist Field Trips April 7th, 3:30-5, Tutt Library 238

Co-facilitated by Drew Cavin (Field Study) & Sarah Schanz (Geology) 
These workshops will look at systemic, institutional, and interpersonal racism as it intersects with field trips and programs at CC. In part 2, we will discuss a plan for implementing best practices in field trip/program design.  

Racism, Flourishing, and Suffering: Ethics for White People Working against Racism

March 7, 3:30-5:00 PM, Tutt Library 238

Facilitator: Amanda Udis-Kessler, Director of Assessment and Program Review, Chair of the Institutional Review Board
People often say that racism is wrong because it is unjust, because it involves people being treated unequally, or because it limits the freedom of people from BIPOC communities. As true as those claims are, there's another way of thinking about why racism is wrong, which is that it limits human flourishing and causes otherwise avoidable suffering. This talk offers an introduction to an "ethic of human flourishing" in which ethical principles are secondary to the well-being of actual people and in which "human flourishing" is grounded in concrete understandings of human traits and needs. From this ethical perspective, the work of white people against racism is reconceived as a virtue ethic of solidarity and an invitation to grow and change in service of human well-being more broadly.

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