Currently we are running monthly community trainings called Groundwork. An online training session focused on privilege and oppression, through the lens of racial equity. Change takes time. And together we are in this for the long game.
BIPOC: Black and Indigenous folks, and people of color*, it’s time to liberate ourselves around privilege and oppression, especially as they relate to racial equity**. Let’s spend time in community, collaboration, and reflection around systemic change. It’s time we work together in dismantling racism and white supremacy in ourselves and our communities.
BB Groundwork uses a framework called the 4 I’s of Oppression to explore how layers of privilege and oppression contribute to systemic oppression as a whole. During the session, participants will dialogue, write, and reflect on the ways that oppression has played out according to their racial identities.
*WHY JUST BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)? 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.
White folks: 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 participants will complete pre-work before attending BB Groundwork, and continue learning after session. This session takes place from 4:00-6:00pm and 10:00am-12pm in MST on the dates listed.
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-facilitators
- Guide real-time practice and reflection around the 4 I’s and how they relate to racial equity
- Facilitate group dialogue and reflection around the 4 I’s, racial equity, and how to deepen a practice of diversity, equity and inclusion in your personal and professional context
*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.
After you complete our prerequisite Groundwork, you will be invited to apply to join our four session cohorts, to continue deeper work in affinity spaces.
Liberated for BIPOC
Uprooted for White Identifying Folks