Learning Cohort for White People

JORE Consulting offers learning cohorts for those who identify as “white” and find themselves hungry for a deeper understanding about how race functions. All learning cohorts offer a series of in-person sessions that span over six months that provide a uniquely collaborative method of engagement that serves counter to the dehumanizing programming of white dominance. Participants at all stages of their journey have found this method to be impactful.

As a white facilitator, Rebecca enters this work with a commitment to help white people dive into an authentic and deeply personal stage of learning. From the first assignment, participants can expect a call to vulnerability as we hold each other capable and able to engage conversations about what it means to be white, how we fit in the world, and our role to abolish white dominance.

Series One: Racial consciousness raising and cultural identity development

In positioning ourselves as learners we will:

  • Reclaim our humanity through examination of our cultural identity and the programming white people receive from early childhood.
  • Process personal participation in white dominant structures and develop new beliefs and habits which reject oppressive cycles that white people both consciously and unconsciously participate in.
  • Develop tools to identify how white dominance functions and practice taking our learning from thought and unconscious action to fully feeling, believing, organizing and committed laborers in the abolition of white dominance, while staying rooted in solidarity with black and brown people.

Series One is offered as two six-month series:

  • 1A: six sessions covering identity, humanization, patterns of white dominance, skills needed to counter white dominance, feedback, and raising children to be leaders of abolition.
  • 1B: six sessions covering institutional change making, racial capitalism, healing, practicing skills to counter white dominance, circle of influence, and repair (reparations and more).

Series Two:  Skill building focused on adaptive practice and implementation

In positioning ourselves as learners we will:

  • Learn how to use story as a way to engage deeper learning for ourselves and application within the white community.
  • Deepen our relationship to feedback and the stages of empowerment as laborers in the abolition of white dominance.
  • Build confidence in our ability to identify and counter white dominance in ourselves and our environment through extensive practicum.

Series Two is offered as two six-month series:

  • 2A: six sessions deepening internalization and application covering intention, the use of story, rackets, building the abolitionist community, and healthy coping practices.
  • 2B: six sessions developing intraracial leadership within the white abolitionist community covering abolitionist leadership models, effective change making in individuals and institutions, dignity, vulnerability in teams, balance of learning/leading, transformative alliance building with black and brown people

For all cohorts and before signing up, please note:

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all of the in-person sessions and engage in homework assignments in between sessions. Sessions are set for 3 hour blocks of time and meet once per month. Homework can be engaged at the participant’s pace and offers multiple pathways to engage each topic. The amount of hours of engagement has a direct correlation to the depth a participant is internalizing, applying, and practicing the learning. Some participants spend upwards of 1+ hour each day, some 1-2 hours per week, others spend the months between sessions processing the last and return to the homework after the series has ended. We don’t define engagement as boxes checked but rather ask that each participant continue to lean in to their own learning in significant ways. White people have been conditioned to expect comfort. We believe that what’s needed to engage this work over the long haul is vulnerability, courage, commitment, and support – none of which will feel like the kind of comfort white people typically experience but which will draw us into a place of deeper integrity and connection to our own humanity as well as the humanity of all people.
  • A deposit of $100 is required to participate. As we lean into our values, we have chosen to operate our business in a way that practices an active rejection of capitalism. We trust participants of the cohorts to make the decision of how much to pay for the learning received. We ask participants to balance the value of the learning personally received along with financial ability and support for our ongoing work. Participants are welcome to break up additional contribution over several payments, if desired. As a white facilitator, I’m conscious of concerns about me benefiting financially from this work. I am the only person in my immediate family that identifies as white and the income I make doing this work supports my family’s well-being. Additionally, I am a strong supporter of reparations and donate a minimum of 20% of all revenue to people of color outside of my family.
  • Registration usually closes 2-3 weeks before a cohort launch in order to engage participants in a prerequisite homework assignment and online discussion forum.