Intercultural Foundations Community Institute

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Intercultural Foundations Community Institute

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?

 

We are thrilled to announce an opportunity for you to engage and go deeper through a community cohort of the Intercultural Foundations program.

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

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

 

Commitment

  • Attend facilitated workshops on Saturdays 10am–4pm every other month over 16 months. (6 hours/month)
    • Program Duration: January 2020 – April 2021
    • First workshop will be February 15, 2020, with preparatory reading and information sent out January 2020. 
    • Remainder of workshop schedule is TBD.
  • Attend bi-monthly meeting (non-workshop months) with cohort for relationship building, practice groups, book groups, etc. Schedule will be determined based on participants’ availability.
    (3 hrs/month)
  • Participants meet regularly with an accountability partner from the cohort for support in their personal development.
    (2-5 hr/month)
  • Monthly independent work on your personal development.
    (3-5 hrs/month)

Tuition is $1,800 per person for the entire 16-month program. Sliding scale pricing and scholarships are available – more information coming soon! 

 

Outcomes 

  • 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 IF@ywcaofolympia.org