Intercultural Foundations Community Institute

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The Intercultural Foundations Community Institute will build capacity in Thurston County for deep engagement in equity and social justice work. 


Are you interested in building inclusivity, social justice, and accountability into your professional work?

Are you a person who needs to minimize your beliefs or identity to navigate your workplace? 

Do you want to be more connected and build solidarity with other people in social justice movements?


The cohort will create a network of folks in non-profit, healthcare, education and other sectors who are deeply committed to fostering social change through their work, both personally and professionally. The Institute will equip participants with skills and practices in three key areas of learning and development: Intersectional Race Equity, Healing in Community, and Cultural Humility.

  • Intersectional Race Equity: An approach to social justice issues that views all forms of oppression, and their antidotes, as interconnected
  • Healing in Community: Recognize systemic oppression as trauma, whether we are over or under-valued by those systems, and that creating community fosters healing
  • Cultural Humility: Strengthen skills for building community across difference through self-awareness and cross-cultural understanding

Program Model 

Areas of focus will include:

Racial Justice, Healing Justice, Disability Justice, Gender Justice, Economic Justice, Accountability, Trauma-Informed Care, & Intercultural Conflict Styles.

We will utilize practices and tools such as:

  • Intercultural Development Inventory assessment and development plan
  • Deep community-building
  • Somatics
  • Storytelling
  • Identity-based caucus groups
  • Working with community-based organizations
  • YWCA Anti-Racist Norms
  • One-on-one mentorship on your personal development with the Intercultural Foundations team
  • Trusting folks’ capacity to grow, heal, and do better


  • Build community with folks who are committed to working for equity and justice within institutions that are deeply ingrained in systems of oppression.
  • Ability to identify and address the trauma of oppression with culturally relevant healing practices.
  • Participants bring their skills and learning back to their organization, sector, etc, and create more buy-in for deep equity work as a key aspect of organizational development.
  • Create a community toolkit for social justice work that can be utilized to support responding to incidents of discrimination and injustice.


Questions? email