Cultural Diversity - the challenge and the gift 

Many organizations seek an introductory justice training experience that encompasses more than one form of oppression. While training on a specific oppression (racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) is necessary, a broader initial approach is often prudent. This broad view workshop presents a conceptual framework for the historical and contemporary context of many forms of oppression and encourages an understanding of their interconnections.



  • To examine the roots of prejudice

  • To provide a framework and common language for authentic dialogue about prejudice and oppression and to create an environment that encourages such dialogue

  • To clarify the historical, political and social context for oppression

  • To illustrate the interconnections of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, ableism and all forms of oppression

  • To expose the myths & stereotypes that maintain the cycle of oppression

  • To probe the reality and daily experience of personal and institutional oppression and privilege

  • To identify and strategize actions to challenge oppression, personally and institutionally within the organization


This workshop can be designed for one to three days in length and engage up to 40 participants.


(The agenda will be designed to meet your needs in a one to three day workshop. Other experiences may be added but all of the following would not be included in a one day program.)


Workshop Guidelines

I Remember...

Working Assumptions

Cage and Cycle of Oppression

History Read Around

The Level Playing Field

Identifying Our Privilege

Ally Behavior

Interrupting Oppression - Intervention Techniques

Our Next Actions: Personal & Institutional Strategies and Action Plans