Embracing Anti-Racism and Social Justice by Gina Paigen

A true JEDI - a proponent of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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About this Class

Equity matters. Now more than ever. We stand at a critical crossroads. The current global crises have laid bare painful inequities we can no longer afford to ignore. And yet, if we have the courage to face those inequities head on, humanity has the potential to create a world grounded in principles of justice, equality, and the right of every human being to live with peace, prosperity, and self-determination.

Embracing Anti-Racism and Social Justice is a highly engaging, interactive experience for individuals at various stages on their journey towards becoming true JEDI’s.  We each have the potential to be a voice of change, as we strive to become social justice warriors. When we are willing to engage in the difficult (and sometimes messy) work of confronting reality, within ourselves and in the world around us, we can help to dismantle both our own internalized biases, and the systems and structures that perpetuate inequity across the globe. 

Becoming a JEDI is a journey. This program is here to support you along the way.


Why should I attend?

This program will support you as you

  • Understand the history, contexts, and key factors that contribute to existing systems of inequity and injustice
  • Courageously examine assumptions and beliefs; your own, and those embedded in the cultures around you
  • Investigate systems, structures, and institutions through a social justice lens
  • Develop a personal equity action plan and a set of commitments that will guide your journey and help you identify how and where you can make an impact


What will I learn?

Prior to the start of the program, you will complete an Anti-Racism and Social Justice assessment to determine your initial familiarity with topic, and your level of comfort with being uncomfortable. Upon completion, you will complete a similar assessment that will allow you to gauge your own growth and development.

Through this program you will explore the many layers of inequity and oppression from the inside-out and outside-in:

  • Individually, your feelings, beliefs, and values
  • Interpersonally, how you interact with others
  • Institutionally, public policies, laws, and organizational systems and structures
  • Systemically, social, and cultural norms, media representations, and collective concepts about what is “right” and “good”

In addition, you will look at the history and context of how we got to where are today, explore the concept of allyship, and identify the part you can play in moving the needle towards a kinder and gentler world.

In addition to the workshop sessions, you will:

  • Complete a set of interim readings, videos, podcasts, and journaling activities between sessions
  • Engage in small groups to discuss workshop content along with learning and insights from interim activities
  • Participate in an ongoing dialogue with other participants through an online portal
  • Work in small groups to develop a presentation on an area of particular interest

The program is conceived and facilitated by a team of passionate, committed practitioners who represent diverse race, gender, ethnic, and orientation identities. They bring an interdisciplinary perspective, and draw on their training and expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership, sociology, organizational development, coaching, counseling, creativity and innovation, pedagogy, neuroscience, and mindfulness.  It employs a variety of methodologies designed to engage individuals with diverse learning styles, and to create sustainable change that becomes integrated into the fabric of your life, including direct instruction, experiential activities, large and small group discussions, peer-to-peer learning, readings, podcasts and videos, and participant-led programming.


Format and Schedule

9 x 120 minutes Virtual sessions  (18 Total Hours)

A description of each session is shared below:

Session 1: Set the Stage

  • Getting to know you
  • Design the alliance and creating safe space
  • Explore the “WHY” of Anti-Racism and Social Justice
  • Frameworks: The Four Levels

Session 2: The Individual

  • Uncovering identity
  • Understanding privilege

Session 3: The Individual 2.0

  • Bias (conscious and unconscious)
  • Bias interrupters
  • Overt and covert expressions of oppression
  • Tone policing
  • Microaggressions
  • Gaslighting

Session 4: The Interpersonal and the Social

  • Social norms
  • Mainstreams and margins
  • Colorism
  • The trauma of oppression
  • Healing the trauma

Session 5: Institutional

  • Intersectionality
  • Race as a social construct
  • Redlining
  • Mass incarceration

Session 6: Institutional 2.0

  • Sexual assault
  • Gender oppression around the world

Session 7: Taking it Global

  • Exploring issues of oppression around the world (Participant Presentations)

Session 8: Bringing it all Back Home

  • What does it mean to be an ally?
  • Bringing cultural awareness into our lives and our work
  • Embracing global citizenship

Session 9: Organizational

  • Building JEDI cultures in organizations

Your teacher

Gina Paigen

Passionate about guiding individuals to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement and inspired action, Gina Paigen, PCC, CPCC, CNTC, is a professional coach, facilitator, leadership consultant, and culture-building specialist.  She is a master of re-invention and brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience in coaching, leadership, mindfulness, creative studies, anti-racism and social justice, neuroscience, entrepreneurship and the arts.  Fascinated with paradox, Gina brings that into her work, exploring with her clients the full range of who they are; their joy, their pain, their light and their shadow. She is both intuitive and analytical, and is known for her capacity to build trust, and to come from a place of open mind, open heart, and a commitment to service.  

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