We All Belong Series newly offered in Montpelier Fall 2017
Facilitated by Brian Hsiang & Kathy A. Johnson
All sessions will be held at Noble Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street Montpelier 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 4 months. Participating teams commit to attend all sessions. See Session Descriptions below. Teams may be small - up to 4 members - or large teams - up to 8 members.
Contact email@example.com or call (802) 595-9596 for questions and to discuss cost and sliding scale information.
FALL DATES: We All Belong Foundations of Cultural Competency
Initial 2-hour Welcome Meeting for Team Leaders August date to be determined
1st Session Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd Session Wednesday, November 1, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Session Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Teams receive learning activities and resources between sessions
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 595-9596
We All Belong Montpelier Session Descriptions
1st Session: Introductions / Intro to Cultural Competency / Personal and Social Identities
In this full-day introductory session, participants meet members of the 2017 We All Belong Foundations Montpelier 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.