Justice + Equity Training Series

Freedom Lifted offers a professional development training series rooted in anti-oppression frameworks for groups in education, business, philanthropy, and nonprofit sectors. This series aims to build relationships through reflection and sharing, create a common group understanding of identity, power, oppression, resistance and solidarity, and inspire actions that challenge oppression in participants’ lives and workplaces.   


Part 1:  Identity and Power

This interactive workshop engages participants in a discussion of the societal implications of power and privilege, including how they shape and are informed by our multiple identities. Participants begin by exploring their own identities and how they inform our levels of personal power.  We then discuss how we define power and justice, how we build power, and how power can be used to inhibit or advance equity and social justice. (3 hours)

Part 2: Understanding and Dismantling Oppression

In this session, participants share their own experiences with oppression, from personal to institutional levels, and what it means to lead with an anti-oppressive lens.  The workshop consists of three parts: 1) an interactive lecture based on Iris Marion Young’s article “Five Faces of Oppression," which will break down definitions for and provide examples of marginalization, exploitation, powerlessness, cultural dominance, and violence 2) group activity on recognizing how forms of oppression manifests in the world around us  3) lessons we can learn from social movements on how to work for justice as individuals and by creating/leading equitable and liberatory spaces. (3 - 4 hours)

Part 3: Strategies for Resistance and Solidarity in Our Work

In the final session, participants apply the analysis developed in the first two sessions and to identify issues and do effective equity and justice work in the schools, organizations and/or fields in which they work. For example, resistance and solidarity in practice can take the form of institutional advocacy, education work, interrupting bias, etc.  Participants will develop plans to put such actions into practice in their own sectors, companies, organizations, and communities. (2 - 3 hours)

Trainings are designed to be taken in sequence