Whether it be an incident taking place on the street, in the workplace, or at home, our individual commitment to racial equity requires standing up to inter-personal racism when we witness it. This can feel nerve-wracking, if not downright impossible for many of us until we learn to work through our fight, flight or freeze responses. In this training, participants will have many opportunities to explore intervention strategies through a variety of scenarios.
Participants will observe their default nervous system responses and learn to use those responses as assets when disrupting racist behavior in both the public and private spheres. Role play is an effective tool because the nervous system responds in the same ways it would when activated on the street or at a family gathering when someone expresses harmful behavior. Practicing using our body's natural responses when interrupting injustice provides valuable muscle memory, making it easier and more likely that we will advocate on behalf of others when we witness racial injustice in real life.
While not required, it is recommended that participants complete an "Unpacking Racism" training prior to registering for this practice-based training.
This training is for community leaders, educators, parents, and anyone who wishes to sharpen and expand on their abilities to stand up to inter-personal acts of racism and advocate for better treatment for self and others. Certificates of completion will be issued to educators receiving professional development credit.
Trainings are filling up quickly. Your registration is only complete once you have completed the registration form and paid via venmo an amount you can afford between $30 and $80. Venmo payments can be sent to @MMetelica (https://venmo.com/MMetelica) Or by Zelle at email@example.com.
These workshops help participants to identify and act upon opportunities to advocate for personal freedom, both for self and others. Participants will explore real world scenarios where they see or face injustice. Together, participants will investigate barriers to intervention and practice strategies for overcoming those barriers.
how to identify when a situation is safe for you to intervene on behalf of the person or persons being targeted.
deescalation techniques and best practices for interrupting injustice safely
tools used to interrupt oppressive behavior and invite dialogue.
Participants will explore and discuss how art making techniques can be used to build community and interrupt injustice in unsafe spaces (classrooms, living rooms, public realms) and will come away having practiced interventions for real world application.
Learn how to identify when a situation is safe for them to intervene on behalf of the person or persons being targeted.
Learn how art can be used as a tool to interrupt oppressive behavior and invite dialogue.
Practice interrupting injustice in a variety of public and private circumstances.