Maine Philanthropy Center

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Partner Event: Journeys to Equity: Becoming a Better Ally Series

When: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 1:00pm to Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 4:00pm EST
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Presented by Exponent Philanthropy

This four-month, 6-part series will take place from January-April 2022. Whitney Parnell, executive director and co-founder of Service Never Sleeps (SNS), will facilitate this powerful program, offer guidance to participants throughout the series, and create an environment where connections can be made with each other.

Not only will we cover allyship essentials, but we’ll also dive deeper into specific topics to help you become a better ally. Learn to identify your areas of privilege and apply tools to be an effective ally through centering people experiencing marginalization, self/mirror work, and influencing others.

For this active learning environment, you’ll be participating in 3-hour sessions that include both presentation and small group discussions. The modules will not be recorded. Due to the program format, the series is limited to 50 participants. The program was sold out in 2021, so register today!

Sessions 1 and 2

Allyship Essentials Workshop January 26 & 27, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM ET

We begin with the allyship training as an empowering way to promote racial equity and justice as a lifestyle. The workshop helps participants identify their areas of privilege and apply tools to be effective allies through manners of centering people experiencing marginalization, self/mirror work, and influencing others. Using SNS’ CLAIM framework (Care, Learn, Act, Influence, Maintain), this workshop will explore what it means to adopt an allyship lifestyle. You’ll leave this workshop committed to the allyship lifestyle and prepared to facilitate change in your own workspace.

Session 3

White Supremacy 101 February 24, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM ET

Leveraging the January allyship workshop as a foundation, the third training in this series outlines white supremacy as an institution, its persistence in the present-day, and its common forms in organizations. In this interactive session, Whitney guides you toward understanding white supremacy as a construct of dominance and culture and facilitates active unpacking and identifying of white supremacy culture in your life and work. Gain a better understanding of racism as a structural upholding of white supremacy through systemic means. Tools will also be provided to actively identify and unlearn white supremacy moving forward.

Session 4

Bias & Microaggressions  March 24, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM ET

This module focuses on the individual and interpersonal aspects of racism. Learn how our mental processes condition unconscious stereotypes that affect conclusions we draw and the actions we take. Learn how microaggressions are common and painful ways that implicit bias, systems, and stereotypes manifest through society’s culture, particularly through individual comments and actions. Together we’ll explore common examples and drivers of microaggressions and learn steps for catching bias and limiting such harmful language and behavior to prevent the compounding of immense harm.

Sessions 5 and 6

Building Equity April 20 & 21, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM ET

This final training helps you understand the meaning of racial equity and provides tools for envisioning and constructing equity in the workspace and other environments. It centers the institutional aspect of structural racism and guides you in examining your organization’s current infrastructure relative to racial equity. You’ll engage active working sessions and leave with frameworks to develop and commit to paths forward for your individual and organizational journeys.

Speaker

Whitney Parnell, Founder/CEO of Service Never Sleeps

Whitney grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in communications and journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as an activist. Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC, to serve with City Year and then work in homeless services. Whitney is excited to create a movement of service and allies by igniting quick social change through mass civic engagement.

To learn more about Whitney Parnell and her work, here are a few readings to review:

Fees

Exponent Philanthropy Member Price: $350

Nonmember Price: $495

Registration

For more information and to register, visit the series page.

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