White Leaders Cohort (4th Thursdays)
February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North by Northeast Community Health Center, 714 NE Alberta St., Portland Portland 97211
If you identify as “white” and have ever wondered
“as a white leader, how can I lead towards racial equity more effectively?”
then this is for you…
“The very definition of “good leadership”, as I’ve been taught my entire life, is steeped in white dominance.” – JORE Client
Many white people who hold a leadership role or consider themselves to be leaders are struggling to advance racial equity in their places of work as well as in their lives. Whether arriving late to this conversation or having participated in conversations about race for many years – white people utilize patterns of leadership that are in opposition to creating a more racially just world. This gives evidence to the social conditioning white people experience throughout their lives and particularly to the definitions we hold about what it means to be a good leader. In this cohort, we will identify the stories we tell about ourselves, the teams we lead, as well as the institutional connection to white dominant culture.
This cohort will take you on an 11 month journey. Once each month, you’ll join a group of like-minded white leaders 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
- a race-based scaffolding to place your experiences as a leader
- a better lens for how white dominance is impacting the places where you lead
- a practice of feedback that can be applied to any structure
- vision for what kind of leader you can be outside of white dominant norms
- tools to respond and repair when white dominance shows up (and it will)
- capacity to evaluate your budget (and your organization’s) through an equity lens
- connection with other white people who will both challenge and strengthen you
- a passion to innovate solutions and work toward collective liberation
One client said:
“This work helped me to become adept at surfacing how my language and behaviors weren’t in complete alignment with my commitment to racial equity. Rebecca has an incredibly strong sense of how to push folks beyond their comfort zones, but in a way that also encourages folks to use discomfort to help propel them forward.”
You can expect…
- to be held capable and able of growth
- 45 homework lessons (for use during or after the cohort) that will propel your learning forward
- a learning 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 $1,200 for 10 group sessions and 2 individual 90-minute coaching sessions. Space is limited. Register below.
Audience: People who identify as “white” and who hold a leadership role in an organization/community group
Facilitator: Rebecca Greenidge
Special Advisor: Lakeitha Elliott
Location: NxNE Health Center, 714 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211. Upstairs community room.
Time: Group sessions held from 6:00-9:00pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm 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 6:00 pm. Please bring a snack to share. Individual coaching sessions scheduled at mutually beneficial time.
Dates: Group Sessions: February 27th, March 26th, April 23rd, May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, November 5th, and December 17th. Coaching sessions scheduled individually.
Questions within the registration serve to help us make sure that participants are placed in a group that will provide both accountability and support. If we think you would be better served by another group, we will reach out to you.
Because we know that not all white people hold economic advantage, we offer several spaces on a pay-as-you-are-able basis. If you wish to be considered for one of those spaces, please fill out this application by February 7th. We will contact all applicants on or around February 10th. If selected, you will be sent a code you can use to register.