This training will train attendees on definitions of power, privilege, oppression, marginalization, and social identity. Participants will work on an activity called the “Social Identity Wheel” which is designed to help participants think of all of the major areas of identity they possess, and whether these identities have been privileged or marginalized within the context of the U.S. Attendees will also learn about intersectionality and applying an intersectional lens to identity.
Next, attendees will learn how oppression and power around social identity operates on a structural level, using the 4 I’s of oppression as a theory. Attendees will be trained on racism as a foundational example of a system of oppression and will be presented with a deeper examination of anti-black racism in the U.S.
Finally, attendees will learn the Regan Byrd Consulting model of allyship, for both individuals and organizations, and how to avoid paternalistic and savior mentalities when practicing allyship. Attendees will also be trained on the pitfalls of allyship, or common mistakes/errors those looking to be allies to marginalized communities often make.