101 Cohort (Saturday AM)
March 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Planned Parenthood MLK, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland Portland 97212
If you identify as “white” and have ever wondered
“what does it mean to be white and how can I be a better white person in this world?”
then this is for you…
“I came into this course thinking I was going to learn what to do and what to say.
What I learned was so much more deeply personal than I could have ever imagined.” – Annie
White people are entering the conversation about race from many different places. What is similar is the doorway we all come to at some point. If we walk through, we will learn the truth of how race impacts us as white people. Whether you have arrived for the first time at this doorway or come through a while ago, what you will experience in this cohort will take you to depths that are not possible in private study or a workshop. Just as white people become socially conditioned to uphold white dominance over time, we must unlearn those habits – over time.
This cohort will take you on a six month journey. Once each month, you’ll join a group of like-minded people for a 3-hour in-person session that is interactive and humanizing. Weekly homework assignments give you the option to go a little deeper, develop new habits, and stay connected throughout the month.
What is a “white affinity group”?
Ali Michael and Mary C. Conger offer that a white affinity group “is a place for white people to examine what it means to be white, to critically reflect on themselves and their actions, and to work to identify and confront racism” in all areas of their lives. Justin C. Cohen shares that white “affinity space is a place where white people can practice, model, and improve anti-racist practices.”
One of our participants put it this way…
“If you are interested in really leaning into the thoughts in all of our white minds about race, racism, and what it means to be white in America today, then a JORE Consulting white affinity cohort would greatly benefit you. You will learn so much and have your eyes opened wide and your heart opened wider. You will be seen and heard and supported, but also challenged to do more and think more.”
In this cohort, you will gain:
- a deeper understanding of who you are as a white person
- awareness of your social conditioning into white culture
- insight into the barriers that prevent white people from forming healthy community
- practical tools for how to overcome internalized white dominance and help others do the same
- skills for tough conversations with other white people through role play
- tools for responding well to feedback and allowing it to sustain your growth
- vision for how to truly dismantle white dominance
- connection with other white people who will both challenge and strengthen you
- a foundation for your role as a white person in collective liberation
John was a skeptic at first…
“I thought this would be political and cheesy and righteous – or conversely too elementary and basic. It was neither and I would recommend this class to every white person I know.”
And even if you’ve been on this journey a while…
“The homework material was pretty amazing, honestly. Exceeded expectations and even though I had felt I had done a great deal of work and reflection on this topic I still really left feeling transformed and grateful.” – Cohort participant
You can expect…
- to be held capable and able of growth
- 20 homework lessons (for use during or after the cohort) that will propel your learning forward
- a participant portal where you can share and ask questions
- a variety of tools and resources that connect with multiple types of learners
- space to practice and feedback to help you continue to develop
- JORE to give 20% of your fee to Indigenous, Black, or brown Portland community members
The fee for this cohort is $600. Space is limited. Register below.
Audience: Anyone who identifies as “white”
Facilitator: Rebecca Greenidge
Co-Developer: Jomo Greenidge
Location: Hosted by Planned Parenthood. 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97212.
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm. Doors open at 8:30 am and you are encouraged to arrive as you need in order to share food, connect with others, and be ready for the session to begin at 9:00 am. Please bring a brunch-type snack/dish to share.
Dates: March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 13th, July 11th, and August 8th
We are able to offer a few spaces on a pay-as-you’re-able basis. If you wish to be considered for one of those spaces, please fill out this application by February 21st. We will contact all applicants on or around February 24th. If selected, you will be sent a code to use at registration.