Workshops

Immigrant/Unauthorized Immigrant Integration II:
How Detainment/Deportation, Destabilizes Our Communities

 

The immigrant population continues to grow across the nation. Here in King County more than half of our recent growth has been by immigration. Pew Research Center reports that there are 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. They make up 5.1% of our labor force, and about 7% of K-12 students had at least one unauthorized-immigrant parent in 2012. We are well on our way to becoming a nation that will have as its majority, people of color.

 

It is important that we transform our efforts and ideas of diversity and inclusion beyond the practices of celebrations of food, fashion, and festivals, and commit to the real work of community building through economic empowerment, authentic community and civic engagement, and a focus of fairness within the criminal justice systems, with an emphasis on detention and deportation.  

 
Many people don’t know what happens to an unauthorized immigrant that is arrested or apprehended and has no criminal record but had their visa expired or they entered the country by unauthorized means. There is a shocking reality that most are unaware of that’s literally, tragically devastating the lives of people who live and work all around us. Families are severely impacted, and so are our communities.
 
Participants will hear the distressing firsthand account from an individual who due to an oversight went through this horrifying ordeal.  Seemingly lost and destined for deportation, he successfully navigated himself from deportation to remain here and continue to make the significant community contributions that he’s been involved with for years!
During this interactive workshop, participants will experience a new “Walk in My Shoes” simulation that transforms participants into unauthorized immigrants desperately trying to understand, let alone navigate the detention/deportation system. A panel of immigrants will discuss their difficult, hyper-vigilant daily experiences within their communities. and how life has forever changed afterward. 
 
This workshop is for policymakers, administrators, educators, service providers and those interested in a deeper understanding and perspective on this issue. We all interact with unauthorized people throughout our communities. It is important to raise our awareness if we are to be successful in redefining the narrative about creating safe and welcoming communities for our new Americans as well as cultivating a political climate for comprehensive immigration reform.
 
 

Participants will,

• Gain an increased awareness of how the Immigration Detention system operates.

• Examine what conversations we need to engage in to reshape the destructive narrative that is being promoted.

• Identify specific steps and actions to take within your personal, professional and community networks to promote immigration reform policies that work.

• Learn about efforts that you can join and support  To assist detainees and their families.

Facilitated by, Greg Taylor

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Unpacking The False Concept of Whiteness:

Does Anyone Really Benefit?

“The historian of the future, looking back on our age, will ponder long in an effort to explain how it came about that a supposedly civilized people let the theme of their society be: “You must look like me, or I won’t like you!”
 
~Chancelor Williams~
What is whiteness?
1. A word in which a white American uses to describe a personal emotionally bonding experience that involves a sociological and economical identity, pertaining only to white Americans, that is associated with modern society.
2. A socio-economical identity pertaining only to white Americans. 
~Urban Dictionary~
The meaning of Whiteness is complex. It is a way of structuring power, privilege and wealth within a group of European descent. And because of this, there is unspoken pressure about how we  shape language and human activity. People are afraid to use the word white, when referring to white people, even while  thinking about it within their own minds. It’s as if there is some unspoken rule that will be broken or violated  if one dares to utter the word when describing White people in any context, especially when discussing or describing european  people’s historically criminal, immoral and inhumane behavior towards indigenous people of color around the world.
Whiteness has had and continues to have  devastating impacts on all non-white groups, from  Native Americans,  Chinese, Japanese, and Latinos, with a special focus and emphasis  forced upon Black/African Americans.  The impacts of this pernicious and persistent campaign throughout this nations history has cultivated a decidedly deep divide among the human family that is unprecedented in world history.
No  one  goes unharmed, unscathed or undamaged because of it! What are the real impacts and consequences that White people  and non white groups have suffered and will continue to endure  as a direct result of this  immoral falsification and distortion of our past, present and proposed future? How was this concept devised? specifically, by whom?  And really, for what reasons and purposes?
In this workshop participants will explore the answers to these and other questions. Participants will further learn about the enduring pathological and traumatic impacts that are a direct result of this man-made psychological mutation. We will dive into specific steps actions that must be taken to deconstruct this destructive reality. If whiteness was in fact with purpose,  intent, conceived, created and constructed, surely it can be purposefully, intentionally deconstructed.
Participants will,
• Develop a deeper understanding of the historical construct and cultivation of whiteness.
• Identify the dynamics of whiteness & its cultural dominance that creates adversity for people of color.
• Broaden understanding of how the impacts of whiteness is a deficit for everyone in our society: socially, psychologically, politically & economically.
• Examine what can be done to begin the process of deconstructing the concept of whiteness on an individual, institutional and structural level.
  

Facilitated by, Greg Taylor & Bonnie Olson – Emerging Design Consulting

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An Evidential Analysis of His-Story:

A Narrative That Developed & Cultivates Human Oppression 

“History is a lie agreed upon”
~Napoleon Bonaparte~

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Throughout much of American history, there is a false narrative that persist in portraying people of color in a diminished, subjugated dull light on the stage of human history. This historical narrative exerts an overabundant amount of focus and energy on the so-called underachievement of the Descendants Of Africans Enslaved in The US (DAEUS).  .
 
Historians record, frame, shape and presents what we know about groups of people and their contributions, or lack of contributions to civilization. It is from this context that our attitudes, values, principles and beliefs are formed about ourselves, and other groups of people. Dr. John Henrik Clarke stated that, “every person must be able to answer three questions in life, who am I? where in the world am I? and how in the world did I get here?”
 
The significance of African history rest as the fundamental foundation and creator of world civilization as we know it, albeit not credited to its creators! Based on all of the evidence that we have, mankind began in Africa. Yet there has been a successful effort sustained over five centuries to erase African history from the general record, why?
 
“What passes for identity in America is a series of myths about one’s heroic ancestors”
~James Baldwin~
 
This workshop is designed for individuals and organizations who are interested in genuine, authentic transformational change from the bottom up, top down and inside out. At the core of all of our policies, principles, practices and beliefs, whether conducted explicitly or implicitly, resides what we think we know about people, and what we think we know about people determines how we see and treat them. In this workshop,

 

Participants will…

• Examine through critical analysis the historical context that was devised & cultivated to create a deceptive and false narrative that has shaped and framed how black Americans are perceived and treated personally, institutionally and structurally in the US.
 
• Deepen understanding and comprehension of how this false narrative perpetuates the marginalization and oppression of black people personally, institutionally and structurally in the US.
 
• Through re-education of African/US history, begin the process of re-evaluating present attitudes, beliefs and values which have been establish through deliberate mis-education and develop a re-newed awareness of the importance of doing one’s own research and self-analysis on world/human history.
 

Facilitated by Greg Taylor

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Perceptions of Justice:

The Separate Realities of the Justice System

downloadAudience will be guided through the findings of the “Justice in Washington State” survey report commissioned by the Minority and Justice Commission, which looked at the perceptions of 1,500 Washington residents and how they viewed the courts and law enforcement, with a particular focus on how race and ethnicity impact those perceptions. The results of the study paint a picture of a racially divided experience of justice in our courts. Audience will learn about some of the reasons behind the racial differences in perceptions and will get a chance to explore with one another and with a panel of judges from the Minority and Justice commission, different ideas of what we can do to begin to improve the perception of justice in Washington state.

The study asks the question of whether there are differences in the way residents of Washington view the justice system (courts and police) based on race. What was found was that race is a big factor in whether those perceptions are negative or positive, with African Americans on one end of the spectrum, and Whites on the opposite end. This training is all about perceptions of our justice system, reasons behind them, the impact of negative perceptions, and discussions and dialogue on how to address these issues.

As a result of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand why improving the perceptions of the justice system is important and part of their judicial roles.
  • Identify the truth behind the perceptions.
  • Identify concrete things they can do to improve their own self, court, community and systems.

The study can be viewed here: http://www.courts.wa.gov/subsite/mjc/docs/JusticeInWashingtonReport_2014.pdf

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Race, Bias & Dissonance II:

Beyond Awareness, Into Concrete/Incongruent Action Steps 

10_fullinvselflove“Equity and Inclusion at Work” Should first, easily be recognized, shared and understood  by workers within their work environment, and then felt and experienced  by clients, customers, partners and everyone else that they come into contact with. Equity/inclusion in our personal and community networks, likewise, should reflect the same. Equity is not a garment to be worn in certain places on certain occasions. It must be woven, nurtured and cultivated into the very fabric of who we are, and who we are becoming where ever we may find ourselves in this process!his workshop is part II of “Race, Bias & Dissonance: Understanding How They Intersect With Inequity, that I introduced several years ago. It is an introduction to the concept & connection of racism, implicit bias & cognitive dissonance and how they intersect, operate & support each other through decisions that we make in our day to day routines within the workplace, home and community. In RBD II, we start from the context of knowing and having awareness of our implicit biases. it is highly recommended that participants take the Race & Gender Sciences, Implicit Association Test (IAT), prior to attending this workshop to maximize their experiential learning opportunities (I provide an emailed attachment with instructions for registered participants).

It is through explicit & conscious understanding and awareness of our   implicit, unconscious associations/biases that we are capable to become responsible, realizing & knowing why we must join in the collective effort to lay the bricks & mortar of equity/inclusion in building authentic work environments along with personal and community networks of inclusion for all.

Participants will…

  • Increase understanding of how to effectively engage in authentic & meaningful dialogue about race in professional, personal & community environments.
  • Develop deeper insight in identifying implicit bias & how it impacts equity & inclusion through decisions that we make in our daily routines.
  • Gain greater knowledge of the distorted historical context & how it impacts people of color.
  • Learn concrete action steps to eliminate systemic oppression through policy, practices & procedures in your workplace, personal & community networks.

Facilitated by Greg Taylor

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Race, Bias & Dissonance:

Understanding How They Intersect With Inequity

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Most people would agree that within our society our behavior and actions are tied to our knowledge, beliefs and values. But what if our decisions were not driven by what we know and believe consciously, but rather by hidden motivations driven by implicit biases that we are unaware of? And how do we handle the dissonance that we feel when responding to new knowledge and information that conflicts with our present attitudes, beliefs and values?

Implicit bias and cognitive dissonance causes many decision makers  to make critical errors in judgment that often seriously impact the lives of others  adversely, leading to life altering consequences while feeling certain about the conclusions that they’ve reached. These decisions often influence, impact and deny people of color equitable access to quality health-care,  education, fair housing, employment and economic opportunity as well as equal and fair justice within the criminal justice system.

Race, Bias and Dissonance is an outstanding, must-experience training  for any individual or organization that wants to get serious about walking the talk of racial equity. This interactive training provides a well-structured,  highly relaxed and supportive forum in which to identify and examine unconscious beliefs, values, stereotypes and other personal attitudes  that undermine our “best intentions” and get in the way of doing authentic and effective social justice work.  Participants walk away with an abundance of practical information and tools, as well as the resolve to strengthen their individual skills and transform their organizations and/or communities”

 ~Workshop Participant~

In this workshop participants will take a journey through past and present history to learn how many of our biases were introduced and cultivated within our society institutionally and structurally. We will also explore the relationship that cognitive dissonance has with the belief of misinformation and the perpetuation of racial stereotypes and inequity. This workshop uses an African American perspective as a model to increase knowledge, awareness, and challenges us how to identify our own biases and dissonance as a starting point for beginning courageous dialogue that leads to awareness, understanding, racial healing and equity for all in our society.”You can’t heal that which you don’t understand”(Dr. Joy DeGruy).

Participants will…

  • Increase awareness of biases and how they negatively impact people of color.
  • Gain deeper insight of how cognitive dissonance influences our behavior & actions.
  • Strengthen your efforts of dialogue and conversation as a racial justice advocate.
  • Develop greater awareness & appreciation of historical contributions made by people of color.

 “I attended social justice programs instructed by Greg Taylor of  Community Connection Consulting, and found the detailed information he provided useful in my work place right away. I appreciated how he created a safe space to ask those awkward questions society teaches us are taboo, when in actuality those questions are at the heart of  what it means to become an educated citizen. I would recommend his workshops to anyone who is interested in social change for equity.”

~Workshop Participant~

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Post-Racial America: Are We There Yet? Beyond The Myth, Towards Courageous Change

“Wonderful Facilitator, does well with keeping the flow going, making
participants think differently, and is very tolerant of an audience that still
has so much to learn”  ~Workshop Participant~

2014 NWJF-84Post-Racial – Beyond discussions of race and racism. A term used to describe a society of a time period in which discussions around racism have been deemed no longer relevant to current social dynamics. Popularized by the election of Barak Obama to the presidency of the United States of America in 2009. (Urban Dictionary definition)

“Great informal open atmosphere”
~Workshop Participant~

In this interactive workshop participants will explore both common and un-common themes and perceptions around the meaning of a post-racial society and why we lack a collective vision of a racially just and equitable society as expressed in our differing beliefs, attitudes and opinions.

“Greg does a great job & sets the right tone!”
~Workshop participant~

A major challenge for racial justice advocates today is how do we move the popular understanding of racism and inequity from the narrow view  of individual prejudice to the much broader awareness of systemic inequality.

Through active learning and panel discussions, participants will gain deeper insights on how different types of racism operate simultaneously in our everyday situations and explore solutions that address systems rather than the symptoms of inequality. During this workshop participants will also learn strategies that emphasize equity, inclusion and unity.

“Greg is a great presenter and organized a very nice workshop”
~Workshop Participant~

Participants will…

  • Gain deeper insight on how to identify the different types of racism and what to do when you encounter them.
  • learn hands on strategies for positive social change practice in personal and professional relationships.
  • Develop a racial justice leadership lens that succeeds in opening and facilitating non threatening conversations about race.
  • Strengthen your efforts and actions as a racial justice advocate.

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Immigrant/Refugee Integration:
Successful Strategies for Welcoming our New Americans

“Attending Greg Taylor’s workshop on Immigrant/Refugee Integration was a fantastic networking & learning opportunity.”

“I enjoyed and learned a lot today; this workshop is well worth the time.”
~Workshop participants~

photo71The Seattle Metropolitan area has seen significant growth in our demographic populations. Based on the 2010 Census report, 93% of the Seattle Metropolitan area’s growth is attributable to people of color, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. Our communities success depends on making sure that everyone who is a part of it including our immigrants and refugees feel welcome here. Becoming more welcoming means more customers for local businesses, more jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs and a thriving economy that benefits us all.

“I received both local & national resources that will help us to better serve.”
~Workshop participants~

In this interactive workshop participants will learn about the barriers that inhibit successful and meaningful immigrant/refugee integration and dialogue into our communities. Participants will experience “The Refugee Project; Walk In My Shoes”, an education simulation coordinated by Sandra Vanderpol of World Relief. The simulation includes being transformed into refugees escaping for their lives, participants will undergo mock interviews by immigration authorities, as well as listen to a local refugee’s inspiring story.

“Greg does a great job & sets the right tone!”
~Workshop participant~

A panel of ethnic community leaders will share misconceptions about linguistic, cultural and religious distinctiveness along with effective strategies for  welcoming New Americans to our communities.

photo72This workshop is for elected officials, appointed officials, business community leaders, administrators, educators, service providers, and grassroots community organizers. It is for those who are interested in having constructive conversations about shared prosperity while learning how to incorporate promising new strategies for engaging mainstream community members to build broader internal and external support for immigrants and refugees in our communities and promoting mutual respect and cooperation.  We must build an effective road-map and process for successful civic and public engagement. Our communities success depends on making sure that everyone who’s a part of it including our  immigrants and refugees feel welcome here.

“Very genuine, considerate & effective!”
~Workshop participant~

Participants will learn…

  •    New outreach strategies that strengthen meaningful interaction and engagement between New Americans and receiving community members.
  •    Communication strategies that cultivate and emphasize the positive aspects of a united and diverse community between New Americans  and mainstream populations.
  •     How to engage and encourage the participation of mainstream leaders in efforts that build community among immigrant/refugee populations.

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Black, Brown & Blue: Youth/Men of Color & The Criminal Justice System

Young Balck male in prison2While African American juvenile youth is but 16% of the population, they are 28% of juvenile arrests, 37% of youth in juvenile jails and 58% of the youth sent to adult prisons. Black males have a 32% chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives; Hispanic males have a 17% chance; white males have a 6% chance. Black and Brown males disproportionately account for 60% of the Federal prison male population, even though they make up only 28% combined of the national male population.

Through panel discussions and active learning, this workshop is for participants who are interested in increasing their awareness and knowledge of available research that points at mass incarceration and the criminal justice system as being a radicalized system of control. And for those who are seeking to learn about efforts that are underway to reform the criminal justice system.

Participants will…

  • Increase awareness of institutionalized disparity in the criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates black and brown men and permanently locks a huge percentage of them out of mainstream society and economic opportunities.
  • Gain deeper insights about social, economic and public safety impacts that privately operated prisons have on our communities.
  • learn about local, state and federal strategies to reform juvenile and criminal justice policy, and how you can participate and get involved.

Photo Courtesy of The Sentencing Project

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Economic & Social Conditions That Impact Health: In Low Income Communities of Color

 

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This workshop is designed to provide participants with understanding and insight of how social, economic and environmental conditions in communities of color where people live, work and play, powerfully impact and shape health outcomes. You will develop an increased awareness of the inequities of social determinants of health that produce adverse and disproportionate health outcomes in communities of color, and learn about national and local strategies that have implemented inclusive, accountable policy decisions that are effective in reducing health inequities experienced by low income communities of color.

Participants will…

  • Examine how social determinants cause racial and ethnic health inequities.
  • Learn why majority-minority communities are more likely than majority-white communities to face environmental health risk, are less likely to have safe spaces for exercise and recreation, and also face a poorer retail food environment.
  • Explore promising strategies that research show can address the heavy concentration of health risk in communities of color.