"A great, empathetic, honest, and diligent training focused on history to inform present solutions that consistently reminded us that discussion must be paired with action." - Olivia H.
A great, empathetic, honest, and diligent training focused on history to inform present solutions that consistently reminded us that discussion must be paired with action. "Equity Allies’ Unpacking Racism for White People impressively packs a lot of learning opportunities into a short amount of time; their session offers a nice overview of race and racism as well as specific tools and practice in combating biases and disrupting racist situations. Facilitator Marissa firmly challenges participants to do better as allies, understand that anti-racist work is their responsibility, and inspires them to commit to action while continuing their learning journey." - René
"This workshop felt challenging, humbling, inspiring, safe, truthful, and effective." - Nata
"This was just fantastic. I appreciate the straightforward fact-based approach mixed with the holding space, breathing, and vulnerability. Really gave us the chance to be authentic and face those difficult spaces." -Sarah
"This class was a great introduction to vocabulary, history, and current events. A safe space was created to allow for everyone's voices. I look forward to being a part of more content as it is available." -Dawn
"Equity Allies is an amazing resource that taught and enlightened me so much, I am so grateful. These issues we're trying to reconcile with are not easy ones, but EA makes it feel easy, safe, and open for discussion. I'm so happy I signed up for this class. I walked away with new knowledge and actions to take towards making our society a better place for it's citizens." -Heidi
"The class felt like a necessary experience more than a class. You’re brought into the safe environment, led through information which is challenging but you feel supported realizing others are going to fight this battle of Racism too. You learn from others, find out ugly truths that need to be uncovered from history, discover a new language to communicate and understand Racism, then leave prepared to take the next steps in becoming an ally. Excellent teacher, facilitator, experience creator." - Ingrid
"I definitely learned a lot and really appreciate the push it gave me to reach outside my comfort zone. This is absolutely a training I will keep recommending to my friends and family." - Ashley H.
"I hugely appreciated (the facilitator's) excellent guidance during the session. She was clear with timing, expectations, setting the ground rules for bringing everything back to race, and the ouch/oops/snaps vocab. Marissa is knowledgeable and confident in her role as an anti-racism activist. Good balance of supporting and challenging participants (with a) call to action sustained by love.. " - Nina F.
"I would recommend this course for all white persons - even if you feel you are a member of a marginalized group and feel you know something about prejudice." - Curt B.
"Equity Allies is an amazing resource that taught and enlightened me so much, I am so grateful. These issues we're trying to reconcile with are not easy ones, but EA makes it feel easy, safe, and open for discussion. I'm so happy I signed up for this class. I walked away with new knowledge and actions to take towards making our society a better place for it's citizens." - Spencer
"As a white immigrant that lives in NYC, equity allies training has been imperatively helpful for me. With its focus being centered specifically on the systemic racism within the USA, I found it gave me not only education with specificity but also tools that are much needed for my current chosen home. I'll definitely be signing up for the next course to work further on action tools that I can utilize within my life and community." - Liz
"I thought it was great, really well facilitated and we did activities that I thought led to us sharing stories and going deep quickly. I feel like it was kind of rare from other classes or workshops that I’ve done.” - Emma
"(I gained) a new set of tools and really depth-ful tools.” –Lila
Actually doing the theater exercises and connecting with that in a way that wasn't just talking about it, was really powerful. It was such a powerful thing to have that embodied experience." – Jackie
“People of color have experiences of having difficulty of how to negotiate and talk about race, especially with white people, and with administrators, and just like colleagues...I think it’s really healing because you get to talk about it in that space first off.”– Joshua
Feedback from This Fight Begins in the HeART: Bystander Intervention and De-escaltion Training, Jan. 2017
“A perfect combo of talking, art making, info and reflection.”
“(This de-escalation and bystander intervention workshop) regenerated my feeling of agency and responsibility.”
“It was so well done- the activities, the themes discussed- awesome!”
“(This workshop was) very helpful in giving options to combat injustice on the day to day.”
“Empowering, affirming, relateable, exchange.”
“It was helpful to see a scenario I fear a lot and to see how it would feel and how we tried to change it.”
“Well scaffolded and interactive.”
“It’s very practical, coming up with actual solutions to actual real world problems- awesome!”
“A great alternative approach to a typical empowered bystander training.”
“Really well structured activities and great energy! Thank you!”
“Intersectional, concrete ideas! I’m excited to work on ‘calling in’ at school, at home and in public.”
“As a facilitator, it gave me tools to speak out and address oppression in daily interactions.”
“A solid, hands on way to provide practical skills that can be difficult to obtain.”