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UNPACKING

Power, Privilege, and Difference

Embracing Differences for Advocacy and Empowerment

This is a training for developing intercultural competency designed for all people with a background in soulful work like that done in the ManKind Project, Woman Within International, HER, Women in Power, UnderstandMen, Animas Valley Institute, Illuman, Evryman, and others.

Learning a model of multicultural awareness – to provide a common language and common ground for multicultural dialogue and relationships. We are doing this urgent and essential work so that we can have cogent, meaningful, and deep discourse about this important subject. We will do exercises to feel the model’s effectiveness and how the “isms” live in our bodies, and gain a toolkit that may be useful in our daily interactions. 

I Want To Be More Aware

This course is for anyone looking to build intercultural competency skills, gain deeper self-awareness, and build broader compassion and connection with others. In this online expansion of the original Isms & Issues training, we are setting out to learn a model of multicultural awareness and to provide a common language and common ground for multicultural dialog and relationships.

We do this so we can have meaningful and heart-felt discourse on a range of important issues including racism, classism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, ableism, ageism and more.

What You’ll Get …

  • Context for understanding multicultural work
  • Leaning in to how the “isms” live in our bodies
  • A deep dive into our own identities and how we learn
  • A useful toolkit to have in daily interactions
  • Models for behaviors to be an Ally and Advocate

How We UNpack What We Have Learned

WEEK ONE

A Multicultural/Intercultural Model – PART 1 – Explore your privileged statuses and how they impact your life all within a safe, private container.

WEEK TWO

A Multicultural/Intercultural Model – PART 2 – Discover who you are within the multicultural / intercultural context, identfy 5 unhealthy behaviors and 5 healthy ones to replace them.

WEEK THREE

Expressing Appropriate Allyship, Advocacy & Accompliceship – You will explore the do’s & don’ts of Allyship, the difference between Equity and Equality, and use Intersectionality as a powerful lens to discover WHY there is systemic discrimination.

WEEK FOUR

Confronting Classism – Explore how our society’s systemic classism creates an environment for discrimination. Includes deep self-examination of how unconscious classism may be impacting how you see and experience the world.

WEEK FIVE

Recognizing Racism  We’ll start by defining what we mean by racism, and look at how it expresses on different levels. You’ll have an opportunity to uncover beliefs surrounding racism, how you may have unconsciously be reinforcing it, and its impact on people of color.

WEEK SIX

Overcoming Sexism – Explore how sexism shapes understandings of men and women and how sexism plays out in reinforcing discrimination and dominance. Self-examine attitudes that may be holding you and others back.

WEEK SEVEN

Focus on Heterosexism – We will explore how our society reinforces heterosexuality as ‘normal’ and stigmatizes and discriminates against people of other sexual orientations. We’ll look at systemic and subtle interpersonal impact of this targeting. 

WEEK EIGHT

Understanding Cis-Genderism – Discover and explore the distinctions between sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender expression. Begin to bring it all together in a course Wrap Up.

Learn to UNLEARN

Starting: January 30, 2021

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7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Eastern
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Starting: April 10, 2021

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Starting: April 11, 2021

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$295

Your Guides Through UNlearning

HENRY THURMAN HENRY THURMAN
Initiated: December 1993
Certified MKP Leader
Elementary Educator

I am a member of the design team for the “Unpacking Power, Privilege and Difference” online course and have been involved with diversity work for many years.

DENNIS NICELY DENNIS NICELY
Initiated: 1998
School Psychologist

I have been with MKP since 1998 and  a facilitator of multicultural/equity trainings for MKP and GLSEN. I am a retired school psychologist and is active in the LGBTQ+ community as an activist and board member of GLSEN San Diego. I have two wonderful daughters, two amazing grandsons, and a spirited granddaughter. Lover of life and always learning something new.

RICK BRONIEC RICK BRONIEC
Initiated: 1990
MKP Full Leader, Leader Trainer
MKP UPPD Facilitator
MKP IGFT Co-Instructor

I live in San Diego, CA where I work as a writer, speaker and personal growth coach when not leading trainings for MKP.

Meg McClelland
Initiated: 2006
Woman Within Community
MKP UPPD Facilitator

Meg McClelland is an administrator of 30+ years at Washington University in St. Louis, currently in the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department. Meg is a member of Woman Within (WW), since 2006, and is active as a circle coordinator in the St. Louis WW sub-community.

Michael Bonahan
Initiated: September 2010
MKP Co-Leader and Leader Trainer

Since 2010 I have focused on supporting Rites of Passage and Mentoring for youth and adults alike. I am a founding partner at Wisdom Windfall and live in Hawaii with my partner of 37 years. 

If you have any questions, please email us at otpsupport@mkpusa.org and we’ll be glad to assist you