“For Colored Folks Who Consider Their Mutual Liberation Enough”
This session is for organizational leaders of color seeking to disrupt the ways white supremacy shows up within organizations/communities.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – audre lorde
This webinar aims to disrupt the ways white supremacy shows up in communities of color. Through interactive exercises, dialogue and practice, we will share a multi-racial framework for building authentic solidarity among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). A key learning objective of this training is for participants to be more equipped to demonstrate anti-racism, advancing race equity by actively dismantling white supremacy and anti-blackness within teams, organizations and communities.
We will identify ways to build BIPOC solidarity and anti-racism, examine cultural and historical disconnections that impede authentic relationships, and highlight strategies to be accountable to one another in the work to build anti-racist organizations and communities.
As a result of participation in this session, folks will:
- Reflect on our personal and institutional entry points and challenges to anti-racist organizing in BIPOC spaces (including BIPOC spaces we may hold within predominately white organizations)
- Understand how to de-center white people to enable BIPOC to unearth how internalized white supremacy, Native invisibility and anti-Blackness impede our efforts to collaborate across difference
- Intentionally reframe the black/white binary to cultivate an anti-racist frame and practice to disrupt current paradigms for racial justice work in organizations and communities
- Name and begin to disrupt dynamics of power that shape differences within and across communities of color, centering the diversity and intersectionality of BIPOC experience
- Explore strategies to build inter-group BIPOC relationships to facilitate more effective organizing in teams, organizations, and movements
Please note that this workshop is only for individuals who identify as people of color (Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, multiracial, and others identifying as non-white).
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Workshops and Cost
Equity in the Center updated service pricing to a tiered pricing model in April 2022 to better align with best practices among equity-focused organizations. We ask that organizations purchasing tickets on behalf of their staff purchase tickets in the tier that aligns with your organizational budget and sector. For individuals purchasing tickets for themselves, we ask that those with greater privilege purchase tickets at the higher end, which will allow individuals with historically less access to wealth, disproportionately BIPOC folks, to pay the lower fees.
November 2022 Session
Monday, November 21, 2022
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM ET (US & Canada)
|Subsidized Rate||Actual Cost Rate||Supporter Rate||Investment Rate|
|Non-profits with budgets <$1M||Non-profits with budgets between $1M and $3,999,999; government||Foundations with assets less than $10M; non-profits with budgets between $4M and $9,999,999||All for-profit companies; foundations with assets over $10M; and non-profits with budgets $10M and above|
*Budget categories based on Rockwood Leadership Institute’s tiered pricing model
Fiona Kanagasingam, Co-Founder, BIPOC Project
Fiona is an organizational development and equity strategist with 20 years of experience. She has managed change and scaled impact across multiple sectors as both a consultant and executive leader, most recently at Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, where she designed and led the organization’s strategy to center equity across all operations and programs. The approach she led is regarded as a model for Planned Parenthood nationally, and has been publicly recognized: How Planned Parenthood of Greater NY Defanged Conservatives and Strengthened Its Mission | The Racial Reckoning Inside Planned Parenthood. Previously, Fiona was a senior leader at Community Resource Exchange (CRE) where she led engagements focused on strategic planning, equity, leadership development, team effectiveness, and change management for funders, nonprofits, and higher education, and public sector organizations. She built and scaled CRE’s Equity and Inclusion practice to one of the firm’s largest, and launched CRE’s own internal racial equity transformation process.
Her approach to advancing change and justice has been shaped by foundational experiences globally, as a senior leader in higher education where she launched a nationally groundbreaking methodology for dialogue on race, politics and identity in her country of origin, Singapore; as an advisor to large global corporations on organizational assessment and change; and as a counselor working directly with families impacted by violence.
Fiona received her BA from Columbia University in Comparative Politics with a concentration in Gender Studies, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, her Master in Counseling from Monash University in Australia, and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. She is also a certified executive coach. Learn more about her experience on LinkedIn.
Merle McGee, Co-Founder, BIPOC Project
Merle McGee is an equity leader with responsibility for developing engagement strategies with an equity lens. Merle has extensive experience in nonprofit management, youth development, education, racial justice, and gender equity. She previously served as Chief Program Officer at the YWCA of the City of New York, where she oversaw multiple program portfolios. Merle recently published a chapter in Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Out-of-School Time Programs on youth development, race, and critical practice. Merle received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and holds a Master’s of Science in Non-Profit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at New School University. She is the co-founder of the BIPOC Project (a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color solidarity movement). Merle has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where she taught nonprofit consulting and Race and Identity in Organizations.