Why you (or white people you know) appropriate culture and what to do about it


If you've wondered, "what's the difference between appreciating someone else's culture and cultural appropriation?" then you know how confusing it can be. But under the surface is a question that is even more significant; why do so many white people feel cultureless?

To become "white," people with low melanin levels from all over the world were stripped of their ethnic and cultural ties. This loss keeps people socialized as white, searching for something to fill the void.



During this session, you will:

  • learn about one wound all white people share
  • begin to grieve what's been lost
  • understand how the urge to appropriate is a call to heal
  • envision a white community not attached to dominance
  • connect with fellow white people on a liberation journey  



This session will be held virtually on zoom and recorded.

After enrolling, watch for an email with the zoom link and a short activity/reflection to help you prepare.

  • Who: anyone living in a white body (more info below)
  • When: Thursday, February 2, 2023, 6-7:30 pm PT
  • Optional: connect 15 min before + Q&A 15 min after

We utilize an assortment of activities and zoom capabilities. Come prepared to have a great time!

The recording will be emailed to all those registered within five days of the live event. Access to the recording will expire one year after the live session.



As white people, we need spaces to ask questions, work through ideas, feel, develop skills, and celebrate change - with each other.

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"

Justin C. Cohen shares that a white...

"...affinity space is a place where white people can practice, model, and improve anti-racist practices."



In recognition of the impact of classism, this session is offered on a pay-as-you-are-able basis. You can use this page to help you decide how much to pay. 

Budgets are moral documents, and ours is no different. We participate in economic accountability by transferring 30% of your fee to Black, Indigenous, and brown Portland community members.


If you have any pre-enrollment questions, please email [email protected].

$65.00 »

Pay-as-you-are-able (see "Our Commitment" on the left).

Enroll by February 1, 2023, to participate in the live session.

If you enroll after that date, you will be sent the recording once it is available.