Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 We All Belong Series offered

Facilitated by Brian Hsiang & Kathy A. Johnson
All Sessions will be held in Central VT.

The We All Belong program is a Community-Based Cultural Competency Professional Development opportunity
Teams from organizations, colleges and businesses come together to learn about implicit bias and cultural competency, and to develop and implement strategies and action plans to create inclusive, safe, and welcoming work and learning environments. Each organization, business and campus brings a team to work together with other teams from the community at 3 full-day sessions over 12 weeks.  Participating teams commit to attend all sessions. See Session Descriptions below.
Teams may be small (up to 4 members) or large (up to 8 members).

Contact or call (802) 595-9596 for questions and to discuss cost and sliding scale information.


SUMMER 2018 DATES:  We All Belong Foundations of Cultural Competency.
Location: North Branch Nature Center    713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602

Initial Welcome Meetings for Team Leaders in May 2018 (dates to be determined)
1st Session            Tuesday, June 5, 2018                9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Session          Wednesday, August 1, 2018       9:00 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Session           Tuesday, August 28, 2018          9:00 am – 4:00 pm

FALL 2018 DATES:  We All Belong Foundations of Cultural Competency

Initial Welcome Meetings for Team Leaders in August 2018 (dates to be determined)
1st Session            Wednesday, September 12, 2018    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Session          Tuesday, October 30, 2018             9:00 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Session           Tuesday, December 4, 2018            9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Teams receive weekly learning activities and resources between sessions
For more information contact or call (802) 595-9596  

We All Belong Session Descriptions

1st Session:  Introductions / Intro to Cultural Competency / Personal and Social Identities

In this full-day introductory session, participants meet members of their We All Belong Foundations Cohort. We explore concepts of cultural competency, the iceberg of culture, personal identity, social identity, organizational culture and dominant norms.  Participants are introduced to a WAB checklist of steps organizations take toward becoming more culturally competent.

2nd Session:  Implicit Bias & Institutional Bias / Switch Strategies

In this full day session, we explore implicit bias and institutional forms of bias as we engage in see-feel-change activities. Participants consider differences between intent and impact. We review and apply key strategies from the organizational development book “Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard” by Chip & Dan Heath. We practice recognizing and responding to bias and “micromessages” personally and at work. 

3rd Session:  Intersectionality, Power, Privilege / Racism in Past and Present / More Switch Strategies

In this third session, participants explore concepts of power, intersectionality, and privilege. We consider historical impacts of racism on present day interactions, policies and practices. Participants identify ways to actively address bias and racism, personally and institutionally within their organizations.  Participants choose Strategies to focus on during this session.