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When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
— Audre Lorde

Why do it?

Embracing Disruption focuses on activism -- behavior to promote causes, to change the status quo. Following the work of Embracing Identity, we work towards identifying and pushing on systemic levers for social change. During this cohort learning experience, disruptors will build knowledge, engage in active listening and learning, and take a stance of solidarity as a community.

How does it work?

Embracing Disruption is structured into five online sessions of 90 minutes each over the course of 5 months. All sessions take place on Zoom. This platform gives participants across the country access to Embracing Disruption and to each other. The detailed scope and sequence is shared below.

Interested?

Register for our next cohort

To register, visit the shop and purchase the Embracing Disruption course. 

After purchase, complete the pre-survey. Once we have collected the pre-survey results -- including everyone's availability -- then we will email out the five dates and times for our online learning sessions.

 

Course Overview

+ Session 1: Introduction to Cohort: Welcome to Embracing Disruption

In session one we will grapple with what it means to disrupt, why it is important for us to embrace it, and how we can nurture that disruptive spirit in ourselves and in our children. We will focus on disrupting white supremacy culture: this would involve extensively understanding the different characteristics of white supremacy culture and actively studying understanding how we can disrupt this on an organizational, school, classroom level.

+ Session 2: DISRUPTING INDIVIDUAL, INTERNALIZED and IDEOLOGICAL RACISM

In session two we dive into the work of disrupting the white supremacy culture we have internalized through a deep examination of the manifestations of internalized racial oppression and internalized racial superiority. We go through our own socialization maps and use the case study method to investigate our hidden internalizations in three different contexts: (1) Toddler-Primary classroom; (2) Elementary-High School classroom; (3) Nonprofit Org/Corporate environment.

+ Session 3: Disrupting Interpersonal Racism

In session three we focus on disrupting interpersonal racism and how to strategically use conflict to address racial micro- and macro-aggressions. Utilizing the Intercultural Conflict Style framework, we explore the ways that white supremacy culture appears in conflicts and use the case study method to investigate the disruption of interpersonal racism in three different contexts: (1) a Primary classroom; (2) the administration of an elementary school; (3) a Nonprofit Org/Corporate environment.

+ Session 4: Disrupting Institutional Racism

In session four we will dive into the structural ways that cultural imperialism has shaped the way we have developed our racial (ethnic, gender, sexual, linguistic, etc.) identities. In the United States, imperialism is closely connected to white supremacy, and refers to the creation and maintenance of unequal relationships between civilizations, favoring the more powerful civilization. Again, we will utilize the case study method to sharpen our awareness and capacity to identify and disrupt institutional racism in the (1) Toddler-Primary classroom; (2) Elementary-High School classroom; (3) Nonprofit Org/Corporate environment.

+ Session 5: What's Next?

In our final session, participants have the opportunity to showcase their Critical Action Project, a tool to disrupt and stay engaged.

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