NEW: Equity Institute Online Offerings

This year, record numbers of people nationwide have been galvanized into action and have pushed back against unrelenting anti-Black, state inflicted, and state-sanctioned violence. The furor of this moment is exacerbated by a global pandemic that is also disproportionately impacting Black and brown communities. We maintain that it is the responsibility of all people and all institutions to play a role in ending these inequities by envisioning and creating new systems that are grounded in equity and liberation. 

Morten Group has expanded our capacity at this time to support individuals and organizations who are eager to be part of this work. We have adapted our in-person Equity Institute workshops in order to offer webinars that provide participants with opportunities to understand how these inequities are created, sustained, and changed. We are also committed to centering the racial healing that this moment is inviting. Through virtual listening sessions, we are creating space for individuals who are holding the many emotions related to anti-Black violence to come together to listen to one another and to be heard. Morten Group also continues to support our clients seeking to deepen their diversity, race equity, and inclusion work through the facilitation of staff committees and caucus groups. 

Find out more about these opportunities below, or click here to find out how you can bring us to your organization and join us in our fight against oppression and injustice!

NEW: Racial Healing Listening Sessions

In a time when social distancing is increasing our sense of isolation, listening sessions provide a space to come together to share thoughts and feelings connected to the recent incidents of anti-Black racism that have gripped our nation. Listening sessions are not anti-racism trainings or even “conversations” about race. Listening sessions provide an opportunity for people to come together to engage in deep listening and to share the emotions that many of us are struggling to hold and navigate at this time.

90 minutes

Equity Institute Webinar Offerings

Introduction to Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI)

This foundational, introductory webinar provides opportunities to examine the ways in which long histories of power and oppression have created lasting, profound, and disproportionate inequities. We approach this webinar by exploring inequity on personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels, relative to the identities we hold, understanding that those with historically marginalized identities continue to fare worse than those with privileged identities when it comes to institutional experiences, and societal outcomes. In this introductory webinar, we will provide opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of:

  • The identities we each hold and how those identities guide our role in creating diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Foundational DREI concepts and terminology
  • Tools and actions to support increasing DREI interpersonally, and institutionally

Understanding & Interrupting Implicit Bias

Previous participation in “Introduction to DREI” or similar learning is recommended.

Many of us grew up absorbing considerable misinformation, specifically negative information, about individuals and communities who have historically been denied access to social and economic power. We have been imprinted with negative beliefs, prejudices, and stereotypes that we are often unaware of but that have impacts on our relationships with ourselves, with one another, and on our experiences within all of the institutions we navigate. Examining and interrupting our implicit biases (also known as unconscious biases) provides us with opportunities to ensure that we are contributing to equity and not causing harm. In this webinar, we provide opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of:

  • Your own experience with implicit bias
  • The definition and functions of implicit bias
  • The impacts of implicit bias
  • Tools and actions to interrupt implicit bias

Introduction to Microaggressions

Previous participation in “Introduction to DREI” or similar learning is recommended.

Microaggressions are subtle and often unconscious, unintentional manifestations of oppression expressed in comments and actions. Microaggressions harm the targets, the perpetrators, as well as relationships at work and at home. In this webinar, we provide opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of:

  • The definition and characteristics of microaggressions
  • The common themes, messages, and impacts of microaggressions
  • Using reflective practices to reduce microaggressions and the harm they cause

Introduction to Racial Equity

Previous participation in “Introduction to DREI” or similar learning is recommended.

In the U.S., Black people, Latinx people, Indigenous people, and people from other racially marginalized backgrounds continue to fare worse than white people across every age and income level when it comes to societal outcomes. If you hold a historically marginalized racial identity you may have been taught negative beliefs about yourself and others with historically marginalized racial identities. If you are a white person, you’ve benefited from unearned privileges connected to your racial identity and absorbed negative information about people with historically marginalized racial identities who have historically been denied access to social and economic power. Grounded in the history of the U.S., and the beliefs, systems, and structures that emerged from white supremacist ideologies and practices, this webinar provides an introductory understanding of: 

  • Your own experience with race and racism
  • Concepts, terminology, and histories that undergird and inform racism in this country
  • The impacts of racism on individuals and communities on personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels
  • Tools and actions to create cultures of racial equity

Anti-Racism for White People Training (three-part series)

Previous participation in “Introduction to DREI” or similar learning is recommended.

For people in the United States who are white and committed to supporting and advancing racial equity, there is a specific understanding and work to cultivate. In this webinar series, we create space to learn about, discuss, and provide a deeper understanding of:

Part 1: 

  • The origins, history, and definition of “whiteness” in the United States
  • The meaning and impacts of white privilege

Part 2: 

  • What it means to engage in white, anti-racism
  • Common detours from anti-racism
  • Elements of white anti-racism

Part 3: 

  • The process of committing to  white anti-racism Skills and practices reflective of white anti-racism in action
  • Steps toward creating an organization that is reflective of anti-racism and racial equity

Understanding & Healing from Classism: An Introduction to Class Inequity

Previous participation in “Introduction to DREI” or similar learning is recommended.

In the U.S., capitalism and class inequity have long impacted who has access to resources, power, and privilege. Class inequity strongly affects one’s experience in life connected to how people are perceived (who is seen as un/worthy), how people are treated (access to education, healthcare, justice, etc.), and outcomes (risk of incarceration, mental health, life expectancy, etc.). The crisis of class inequity disproportionately affects those with historically marginalized identities. In this webinar, we look at classism through a race lens. While the crisis of capitalism is nothing new, now, perhaps more than ever, we have opportunities to critically examine personal and institutional beliefs and practices, and support and advocate for the development of new beliefs and new systems that create and sustain equity for all. 

This webinar will provide a space for participants to deepen your understanding of: 

  • Your own experience and history with class
  • The relationship between racism and classism
  • Concepts connected to class and racial inequity
  • Skills and tools to begin to heal ourselves, our relationships, and our institutions from the impacts of classism

Diversity, Race Equity, & Inclusion (DREI) Committee, & Racial Identity Caucus Consultation and Facilitation

Morten Group is continuing our support of organizations working to imbed equity practices into the fabric of their work through policy, procedure, and culture change. Through virtual meeting spaces, Morten Group facilitators are able to provide guidance, resources, and direction in the implementation of DREI staff committees, and racial identity caucuses to facilitate connection, change, and healing.

DREI Staff Committees

A DREI Staff Committee is an internal group, comprised of organizational staff who wish to support efforts to create/grow a culture of diversity, race equity, and inclusion within the organization. Morten Group supports DREI Staff Committee formation by working collaboratively with organizational stakeholders to thoughtfully and intentionally:

  • Develop trust and rapport among members
  • Determine operational processes in support of the committee’s work
  • Craft a purpose statement, unique to the group and organization
  • Create and implement a detailed DREI action plan 

Racial Identity Caucuses

“Racial identity in the United States is not shaped in a neutral environment. The identities of [people with historically marginalized racial identities ] form in response to racial oppression, and the identities of [white people] form in response to racial superiority. These two identity dynamics manifest in a complex range of attitudes and behaviors that support and perpetuate the racist paradigm in this country. In order to work together to dismantle individual, institutional, and cultural racism, [people with historically marginalized racial identities] and [white people] must understand how these identity dynamics operate in specific institutional settings, and devise strategies to overcome the barriers and oppression that are created by them.” (Source)  

Racial identity caucuses provide separate, dedicated spaces for organizational stakeholders (staff, board, students, community members, etc.) to work and connect with others who hold shared or similar racial identities. Racial identity caucuses support collectively learning and healing from the impacts of racial oppression and racial superiority. Caucus members may choose to work to identify and implement opportunities for organizational change in the service of dismantling the various manifestations of institutionalized racial oppression and racial superiority. Morten Group can support racial identity caucuses by assisting in:

  • Developing trust and rapport among members
  • Determining operational processes in support of the caucus members interests and needs
  • Crafting a purpose statement, unique to each caucus
  • Supporting learning, healing, and liberation efforts