We cannot end poverty without ending oppression; join us on the journey to learn how
“We can’t end poverty without ending oppression, and RESULTS is committed to both.”
– Dr. Joanne Carter
Learning about oppression is a life-long personal journey through which we can strive to learn about issues and perspectives we aren’t aware of and ourselves. Following the anti-oppression audit conducted last spring, after continuous work over the last five years, we commit to continue to embark on this journey of becoming an anti-oppressive organization and volunteer network.
The first of our anti-oppression workshops will be led by volunteer advocate Dr. Christina B. Gunther, Ph. D. of RESULTS Coastal Connecticut, and a researcher and clinical assistant professor at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Gunther will lead a 90-minute foundational workshop, “Implicit Bias, Microaggressions and Understanding of Systemic Racism and Oppression.” The workshop will cover diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging topics, connecting these concepts to the “why” in terms of the success of our grassroots movement, and how to apply them to our work best. Participants will learn to recognize power, privilege, unconscious bias, and stereotype representations that target inclusive and anti-racist strategies and the content geared toward a diverse audience. Upon completion, participants will be able to: 1) define critical terms such as cultural competence, diversity, race, stereotypes, unconscious bias, power, and privilege, 2) identify why inclusion is important 3) describe how biases are developed and what influences them, 4) identify personal implicit biases, and 5) identify the value of disrupting implicit biases.
For the many dedicated volunteers who are already involved in our anti-oppression work, this year we will also offer more advanced anti-oppression workshops on building capacity for difficult conversations, bystander intervention, and trauma-informed care.
Our upcoming anti-oppression trainings for grassroots volunteers and staff are part of a series of actionable next steps coming out of our grassroots anti-oppression audit (read the summary report here). Additional steps in this process include support for group discussions around anti-oppression goals, formalized response protocols to oppressive incidents, and highlighting the links between the historical context of systems of oppression and public policy.
The first of our workshop offerings will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., following the National Webinar. You may register here. Seating is limited to 40 participants per session, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can! Additional offerings this spring will take place on the following dates:
– Wednesday, March 9 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET – Register here
– Thursday, March 24 – 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM ET – Register here
– Saturday, April 9 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM ET – Register here
– Tuesday, April 26 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET – Register here
– Friday, May 13 – 12:00PM to 1:30 PM ET – Register here
– Wednesday, May 25 – 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM ET – Register here
By registering for “Diversity and Inclusion 101: Implicit Bias, Microaggressions and Understanding of Systemic Racism and Oppression,” volunteers will have an opportunity to support Dr. Gunther’s research anonymously via participation in an optional survey before and after the workshop.
As ending poverty is a lifelong commitment and journey, so is the commitment to learning and becoming an ally to end oppression and build a more diverse and inclusive society, particularly as the world continues to evolve. Again, thank you for your commitment to RESULTS anti-oppression values and actively gaining the tools to become better advocates against ending poverty by ending it at its roots of oppression.