The 301: Power, Racism and Allyship Deep Dive

Friday 2nd August: 8am - 4pm
Speaker: Regan Byrd


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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.


  • Participants will have common definitions and understanding of social identity, privilege, marginalization, and oppression.
  • Participants will have a better understanding of what identities they carry that privileged and marginalized within the U.S.
  • Participants will have a broad understanding of how oppression operates within society and be able to name examples.
  • Participants will have examples and a framework for understanding racism and anti-black racism in the U.S.
  • Participants will be able to articulate a model for individual and organizational allyship and common pitfalls.
  • Participants will understand diversity, equity, and inclusion through an anti-oppressive lens.

Speaker: Regan Byrd

Regan Byrd is an award-winning anti-oppression activist, speaker, and trainer who has trained dozens of organizations on anti-oppression and allyship, including the Sierra Club, the Colorado Democratic Party, Google, and the Denver Council of Regional Governments. Regan has served as the morning keynote speaker for the DU Women’s Conference in 2017, the afternoon keynote for the 2018 League of Women Voters annual conference, and morning MC for the Womxn’s March Denver 2019 march. She was also a trainer at the 2018 White Privilege Symposium in Denver. She has participated in various expert panels on topics ranging from allyship, to the history of police, to housing justice. Regan is also a seasoned nonprofit professional with over 14 years of experience in grassroots and social justice non-profit organizations, formerly working for the Arc of Jefferson County, 9to5 Colorado: National Association of Working Women, Hunger Free Colorado, the Bell Policy Center, and the Colorado Non-Profit Development Center. Regan has a deep commitment to social justice, institutional systems change, and collective liberation. She believes this is best done through self-reflexivity, strong allyship, knowledge cultivation, intentional inclusivity, coalition building, and dismantling systems of oppression.