School Workshops

I facilitate workshops for high school and college students on subjects related to internalized oppression, self-care as practice of freedom, finding a social change job path outside of the non-profit industrial complex, and issues related to the intersections of race, gender, class and queerness. All of my workshops offer practical tools and aim to cause immediate shifts in perspective and behavior. My workshops are geared towards, but not limited to, the experiences of people of color and queer and trans* people. All workshops can be designed and tailored to meet your specific learning communities’ needs. Examples of workshops include:

Internalized oppression:

In a society layered with multiple forms of oppression and injustice it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure about what action to take. Often times we become consumed with calling out the oppression we see around us, while neglecting to address the ways that we perpetuate harm against others and ourselves. We get trapped in taking action to change the world outside of us, without taking any action to change ourselves. We lack awareness of the internal “cops” that police our thoughts and actions, preventing us from healing from harm and taking responsibility for the harm we cause others. Audre Lorde said, “The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.” During this workshop we will use discussion, interactive exercises and guided meditation to examine and liberate ourselves from internalized oppression, in order to change our reality, our lives, and the society in which we live.

Social Change and Coming Alive:

Civil rights leader, theologian, philosopher and author, Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Many times we get stuck in trying to figure out how we can live a life we love, while engaging in social justice work. This workshop helps participants identify their areas of passion, barriers to following their passion and immediate actions that can be taken to live a life one loves, while engaging in social change.