White people*, it’s time to do our own work around privilege and oppression. Let’s get honest with ourselves about our white privilege** and the role we play in working toward racial equity. 

BB Groundwork uses the 4 I’s of Oppression framework to dig into the ways in which our own racial privilege operates in the world. All registered participants will be assigned pre-work and post-work to deepen the learning that takes place at the BB Groundwork session. The expectation is that all particpants will complete pre-work before attending BB Groundwork, and continue learning after session.

The session will:

  • Define terms related to whiteness, privilege, and oppression
  • Explain of the 4 I’s framework with real-life examples around white privilege, allyship, and anti-racism from two white co-faciliators
  • Guide real-time practice and reflection around the 4 I’s and how they relate to racial equity
  • Facilitate group dialogue and refection around the 4 I’s, racial equity, and how to deepen a practice of diversity, equity and inclusion in your personal and professional context

Registration for this session is $35. Ideally, we ask that you or your organization cover this fee, as a financial investment towards advancing racial equity. However, if you are unable to pay this cost, please reach out to our Shift Program Manager (jenny@buildingbridgesshift.org) for discount or scholarship options. 

A few additional notes:

This online training session is NOT A WEBINAR FOR PASSIVE PARTICIPATION. Instead, it requires all participants to be ready to fully lean into a time of learning and dialogue. Because of the nature of the dialogue, this session will not be recorded for public use or re-watching after the session. Please only register if you are able to be fully present at the session. Each session will be two hours-long and happen via Zoom.

*WHY JUST WHITE PEOPLE? BB Groundwork Sessions occur in two, race-based affinity spaces (BIPOC and White) in order to ensure that racial equity is embedded in the learning environment. Other Building Bridges training and cohorts occur in multi-racial settings, once all participants receive groundwork training around racial equity.

**WHY FOCUS ON WHITE PRIVILEGE? Although Building Bridges aims to provide all trainings through a lens of intersectionality and anti-oppression, our organization centers racial equity. For this reason, we have made it a priority to provide foundational trainings that are focused on privilege and oppression from a racial equity standpoint. We acknowledge that all people hold many complex identities and other types of privileges exist (i.e. class, gender, citizenship status, ability, etc.) but we have chosen to center our BB Groundwork Session in racial equity because of the weight that racial identity holds in the U.S. context.