White supremacy is baked into every organization's norms, policies and practices.
Together, we can change that.
We created Whiteness at Work to help organizations disrupt white dominant culture, repair harm, and build something new.
In order to change the status quo we have to go beyond diversity and implicit bias work, we’ve got to get to the root. This means confronting white supremacy, racism, institutional inequities, and power dynamics.
That requires skills most of us don't have.
Whiteness at Work draws on our decades of experience as racial equity practitioners to help you gain those skills.
All new content will launch in fall 2022!
To get a sense of how we roll, here's what we covered in 2021:
Foundations is 2.5 hours of the most important training you you will ever take.
In these eight digestible mini-trainings we'll dive into shared language and frameworks, identity and power, socialization, what exactly white dominant culture is. These trainings will give you and your team the knowledge base needed to meaningfully invest in racial equity work.
It's exactly where we'd start with you IRL!
One year, ten years, of anti-racism work won’t reverse 400 years of colonization and white supremacy. But a long-term, resourced, intentional commitment can transform our organizations into places rooted in transparency and trust, where People of Color experience true equity, power, and inclusion.
We’ll explore our history, look at ways organizations have successfully pushed back on norms of white supremacy in the last year.
How do power dynamics in your organization operate? When we value niceness over questioning power, when we cling to the idea that we have to do this work “perfectly,” we’ll never create racial equity. We must have the difficult conversations that lead to repair and redistribution of resources and power.
We’ll help you begin breaking free from the niceties and name the ways that perfectionism, urgency/burnout, and defensiveness are blocking you from interrupting patterns of harm.
A culture of care requires us to name and interrupt harm when it’s happening, to understand and curtail microaggressions and tone policing, to center impact, not intent in interactions. It requires learning, sacrifice, reciprocity, and repair.
We’ll focus on concepts and skills needed to support your colleagues of color and build authentic relationships across race.
Building a culture of racial equity takes time, resources, on-going commitment and behavioral change. It requires deep analysis, informed action, continual feedback, and an openness to accountability. This session is a deep dive into what operationalizing this work looks like.
We’ll explore the kind of a long-term journey you and your organization can expect.
Praise for w@w
I took Whiteness at Work as part of my role as a co-leader of my institution’s diversity council at an organization that is overwhelmingly white. I wanted to understand what unconscious biases I might have, how structural racism and white supremacy manifests in the workplace, and how I can use my position of power to try to help transform my organization to increase racial equity. This program helped me do all of that. One of my biggest takeaways is that we often want to jump right from identifying the problem to taking action, but that there is an important analysis step that cannot be skipped – otherwise we might actually cause more harm.
The material covered in Whiteness at Work was comprehensive and exhaustive, the real life examples and scenarios made it easier to understand the discussed issues fully and with empathy. The speakers held a safe, welcoming and inclusive space - I learned a lot and challenged many old and often unconscious beliefs rooted in white supremacy. Thanks to the course I feel much better equipped to navigate the conversations about race, class, gender etc. at work.
Without question, this was the most practical and direct program around creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace that I have experienced. As a senior leader for a non-profit who struggles with this daily, I walked away with new and better interpersonal skills and a framework to lead change. Non-profit workplaces are dominated by white culture, though we propose to serve and support communities of color. This series is a must-have for all non-profit leaders. This isn't just about being a great place to work -- it's about being effective in our missions. As nonprofits, there is no mission without equity. Desiree, Ericka, and Jessica taught us in a warm and genuine way, even though they never softened or shied away from the hard truths. This content allowed me to hold up a mirror, examine whiteness personally and as it exists in my organization. And then gave me the skills and information I need to accelerate conversation to action.
Chief Program Officer
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
This training changed me at my core. I thought of myself, being a white, liberal, gay woman that I was beyond reproach and was doing everything I could for my BIPOC friends and community. Boy, was I wrong. I’ve had my eyes opened, I have found my voice, and proved to myself that I am powerful enough to stand up and take action. I will always have more to learn but now I listen with new ears, I see with new eyes and I am committed to the work for the rest of my life.
Thank you for helping me find the way to becoming a better person, a better ally, a better leader, and a better friend.
Authentic Talent and Literary Management
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! The modules described above are brand new. We’ve also created a new Foundations module that contains eight mini-trainings that cover shared language and frameworks folks will need if they’ve never studied with us before (or want a refresher).
This program is built to help organizations name and address the ways in which white supremacy manifests in their organizations. We believe that the responsibility of doing this work lies with white folks and people with positional power. We center on racial equity with a focus on white dominant culture and anti-Blackness. A lot of our teaching is aimed at white folks and helping them skill up so that they can cause less harm, be more effective allies and do the work required to organize other white folks.
While we’ll explore frameworks and skill-building that is relevant for everyone, some of the topics and examples might be triggering for People of Color-- we always ask People of Color to care for themselves and place their mental and emotional health over attending our classes.
We center the emotional well-being of people of color in all of our work. We recommend that Whiteness at Work be optional for staff of color. They may want to participate in some modules and not in others. Racial equity change happens at the speed of white comfort—our focus is on white folks doing the real work of change. However, we do feel that there is learning that is helpful for everyone. If you are a person of color and feel like this training is not for you, we encourage you to talk to your managers and colleagues to ask that they support you in finding development classes that might be affinity based and focus on your own learning, reflecting, and processing. If you are a manager, we recommend that you reach out to your staff of color to discuss professional development opportunities.
POC do not have to participate in any breakout groups or share anything they do not want. Ever.
We encourage break out groups to happen via affinity groupings — putting people of color together and white people together when content will be especially emotionally triggering. If your organization can not make that happen, then, we encourage people of color to bow out of participating in breakout groups if they do not feel comfortable. The only people of color whose emotional labor should be relied upon in a training design are the facilitators as we are being paid to do so.
The video instruction for each mini-module is 10-35 minutes long.
Each module is accompanied by a rich set of resources, activities, and debrief questions for you to dig into and explore as a group and individually. The time spent on the activities will vary from person to person and team to team.
Great! We highly recommend you take this course as a team. Inside the course portal, you'll find suggestions on how to engage as a group or organization as a whole. You’ll also have access to activities to do with one another to deepen individual and collective learning and to operationalize the content.
Unfortunately due to the high demand for racial equity practitioners we’re currently not taking on new clients. If you’d like to be notified when our firms are considering new client work, please fill out the form here and we'll be in touch.
Talking about race and racial inequities is hard for most organizations --especially predominately white ones. We hope that you take this opportunity to build up your facilitation skills and embrace that no one is going to do this work perfectly. Many organizations have a few skilled facilitators and mediators already on the team. Inquire if there are trusted folks that would be willing to hold that space and compensate them for their time. You may be able to connect with practitioners in your area who could participate with your team and facilitate debriefs.
In the course portal we have debrief guides and some suggestions on how to structure your conversations.
We’ve had entire teams from outside the US participate in Whiteness at Work. Although most of our examples are US-based, the concepts and frameworks of white dominant organizational culture and racial equity resonate around the world --particularly if your organization is US based. If you’re concerned if it’s the right training opportunity for your team, we recommend sending a few folks to participate and decide if it’s right for your organization.
You'll want to purchase seats for anyone who plans to engage with the material. Anti-racism work is both individual and collective work. One person working alone rarely creates sustainable change in an organization, no matter how committed they are to the work personally.
Individual registration is available for those who are on a personal learning journey. For organizational leaders, we recommend going through this course as a team. That may mean you engage with the material as an entire company, as a department, or other groups within your organization.
You can purchase seats and distribute them when you know more information. Otherwise, you can always purchase more seats as you go along.
If you’re ready to do the work, we want you with us. If you’re truly unable to make the financial investment we ask that you take a moment to reflect on what you’re able to contribute. Send us an email at email@example.com with the subject line, Sponsorship and the amount that you're able to contribute.
If your operating budget allows you to pay the full amount please do so, that way we can fully support folks and organizations who are under-resourced.
If you have an operating budget that will not allow your staff to participate at the full price send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
Once you purchase you will automatically receive an invoice. If you don't see it please search your spam and promo folders. If your organization has payment requirements that do not make it possible to pay online, we can meet your needs. Reach out to email@example.com and our team will assist.
You will have access to all trainings, group activities, and resources until June 1, 2023.
Chances are good we've got an answer for you. Please know we're a small team and it could take a day or two for us to reply. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org