Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism


September 14, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Storytelling is an ancient human technology meant to encapsulate information and build connections. We are all capable of sharing our stories and more importantly, to witnessing and hearing each other with openness and compassion.

Many of us set out with the very best of intentions but are not always able to discern how best to implement our ideals. This course will allow participants hands-on practice using the fundamentals of storytelling: intentions vs. impact, inciting action, deep listening, facing challenges, and resolution; to bring about measurable and meaningful change in their lives and at their organizations.

How can we strategically explore and dismantle problematic racial structures in our organizations using our own personal stories?

During this training, facilitators will guide participants in the following:

Exploring the narratives behind your institution's organizational chart.

Practicing deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege.

Role-play for navigating difficult conversations and the anatomy of making amends.

Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work.

Register below for the workshop rate of $175.00

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Please note: For cancellations, we will refund 50% of the workshop fee up until 2 weeks before the date of the workshop, or September 1. After that date, no refunds will be offered. There are no transfers of registrations to future workshop sessions.

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Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker and Internet Yeller. Her work on race, feminism and other social issues has been featured in The Guardian, The Stranger, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine and more. She is the Editor at Large at The Establishment. Her book, So You Want To Talk About Race will be published early 2018 with Seal Press. You can find her yelling on twitter at

Natasha Marin is an artist and independent consultant primarily engaged in the digital engagement and community building arenas. Natasha uses platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to find, connect, and build alliances among individuals and communities. Her work supports building sustainable communities through different levels of engagement, modes of connection, and methods of encounter. Marin has lectured and presented around the world for diverse audiences including underserved populations (incarcerated women, "at-risk" youth, non-English speakers, unsheltered people, etc). Her most recent project, Reparations, focuses on leveraging privilege and has gained local, national, and international attention.

Elvin Nathan Jones is called to oneness by dance and spirit. Through movement, muscle-memory, and kinesthethic learning, Jones both embodies and escapes the fluctuating windchill of the Seattle's often rude and hella-racist "freeze." His qualifications include a history of love, gentleness, and understanding. He has also been a gay, black-identified biracial man his entire life.
Bert Hopkins is a racial justice educator, trainer, and consultant who has worked with numerous community-based nonprofits and foundations, in higher education, and for nine years as a middle school teacher and curriculum coordinator. Whether with young people or adults, the heart of this work has been opening space for the groups he works with to engage authentically and deeply in order to move from individual awareness to collective action. Bert works daily to actively leverage his privilege as a cis-male white-identified person.
Fleur Larsen is a social justice and equity advocate, I strive to live in integrity with my values in all areas of my life. My work is especially relevant to people in the 'helping professions' (e.g., teaching, medicine, non-profits). I focus on how we can show up in authentic contribution and service by doing what is wanted and needed in this world through an equity and liberation lens. I support my clients move from “charity burnout” to a powerful position of gratitude and contribution. Martyrdom undermines equity and the sustainability of our work.

The workshop will be held at
Centilia Cultural Center
1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144

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