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Grounded Program Design: Incorporating Anti-Oppression Approaches to Social Justice Work

Online Jun 8 10:00 am to Jun 22, 2021 1:00 pm - Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Price: more than $250


Join Seachange Collective for a interactive 3-part virtual* workshop on "grounded program design."

  • Part 1: June 8, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time
  • Part 2: June 15, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time
  • Part 3: June 22, 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time

We’ll introduce you to a six-step approach that helps you develop and implement projects, programs, and initiatives based in community needs and justice – rather than assumed knowledge and charity. Facilitators will guide participants in reflecting on their experiences, the first four steps of the grounded program design process, and the complexities of anti-oppression work and social justice practice.

You will leave this workshop with a more nuanced understanding of what it means to do social justice work and the ongoing processes we must engage in to do it well. We will explore what it means to do social justice work in these times, refine practical skills and tools to use in anti-oppression program design, and develop personalized action plans for our work, including:

  • Problem identification
  • Mapping your power and positionality
  • Mapping stakeholders
  • Collaborative and participatory design processes

*What does the virtual workshop look like? The virtual workshop will take place online, using Zoom and Google Documents. It will take place in three parts over three days (with breaks!). To participate you will need:

  • a (free) Zoom account
  • computer with an Internet connection, microphone, and video camera
  • the ability to access Google Docs throughout the workshop.

Please reach out if you have any questions about technology needs or if you’d like to schedule a quick test call with us before the workshop to make sure you’re all set up.

Who should participate? Whether you are developing a new program strategy or coordinating on-the-ground implementation of a long-running initiative, this workshop will offer skills and tools to increase equity and anti-oppression practices in your work. This workshop is ideal for folks in non-profits, schools, community organizing, foundations, public service organizations, and other spaces seeking a stronger commitment to social justice – especially if you design and implement program strategy and on-the-ground initiatives.

What have past participants said?

"Grounded Program Design was an exceptionally engaging and thought-provoking workshop that helped me to examine more critically the ways we can incorporate young people's voices in programming to better work with them in developing their own education and allowing them to become leaders in their own right." Andy Berry, iMentor

“This [Grounded Program Design] workshop is groundbreaking and should be a requirement for any agency that participates or works in any community.” — Ayana McNeill, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Who we are: Seachange Collective is a women-led training collective that supports groups committed to social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Our collective draws on our combined decades of expertise in the non-profit and social change sectors, including work in community organizing, education, policy and advocacy, case management, research, mediation, professional development, grant and individual giving. As facilitators, we are highly participatory, drawing on participants’ own expertise, real-life case studies, and a mix of theory and practice. We are experienced in dealing with a range of needs, creation of spaces for difficult conversations, and incorporation of trauma-informed practice.

Grounded Program Design: Incorporating Anti-Oppression Approaches to Social Justice Work

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