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 multicultural work so that we can have cogent, meaningful, and deep discourse at a time when understanding one another is the only way we can move forward. We will do exercises to experience how the “isms” live in our bodies, practice together to explore the model’s effectiveness, and put together 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

This training was so informative and has really allowed me to see that I&D training is necessary in all companies, jobs, human interactions, etc. I have always felt like I wasn't doing enough or that I don't have enough time to really create change, but this training has really shown me that every little action can create change and impact and I am really taking that forward with me.

Rachel Thomasson

Very REAL conversations that you can't have in any other professional forum.

Damond Gordon

The way the course structure and presenters made the training engaging and informative. I walked away from each training with action items that I could apply quickly.

Tim Wingard

Frankly, this training has changed my head, my heart and my voice. I have a completely new perspective and has opened my eyes to a different point of view that makes me proud and will effect others in my life.

Chris Hanson

Quite simply, I feel like this course not only provided knowledge (which it did) but also gave me the resolve to change / act differently in my daily life.

Bob Betz

I wasn't quite sure how vulnerable everyone would be in this type of environment being that we are all co-workers. I was pleasantly surprised that people shared some very personal stories that I think really helped shape the landscape of our 8-week course.

Greg McDaniels

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How We UNpack What We Have Learned


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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

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Your Guides Through UNlearning

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.

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.

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.

Woman Within Weekend 1999
Certified Shadow Work© facilitator and coach

I am a facilitator for Woman Within weekends and a certified Shadow Work© facilitator and coach. I have been involved in my local Woman Within community since 1999 and am a Guide for Circle trainings and a past president of the Woman To Woman Kentuckiana Board.

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. 

Woman Within Weekend Sep. 1997
Woman Within Facilitator

Charlotte is a Certified facilitator for Woman Within weekends. She is a Director-at-large for the Woman Within Central USA Board and is the recent past Vice-President. Her mission is to create safe, affirming and healthy connections that support healing, change, and support in our communities.

Initiated: December 2005
MKP Leader in Training

I am a Spanish Speaking Jewish man and experienced facilitator. I have been with the Mankind Project since 2005. I live in Oceanside CA with my wife Janis. I am committed to helping foster fairness and equity.

Initiated: November 2004
Co-Founder of MKP Mexico

Jaime has been with MKP since 2004. Is the co founder of MKP México. Prior to MKP, he has been a teacher of machine design, music therapy, gestalt therapy and music appreciation. He lives in México City, father of a daughter, a son and a granddaughter.

Woman Within since 2008

I’m excited to be part of the UPPD family, my career has always guided me to serve. I’m a FIT at the Woman Within Weekends and a Guide for the Circle Training for Kentuckiana. I’m a member of the Woman Within International Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, and I participate in two Woman Within circles, the Woman of Color and LatinX. What I require from myself is to give support and love.

Initiated: November 1999
MKP NWTA Co-Leader
Crossroads Facilitator

Focusing on personal and community empowerment, I have created and run Cooperative Leadership workshops and done coaching and facilitation for non-profit and cooperative boards. I also work as a professional singer and performing artist in Chicago and Milwaukee. Proud parent of a Queer kid.

Initiated: January 2016
MKP Open Group Facilitator

Like many artists before him, Nicklin uses his life and himself as the canvas for teaching through the Art of storytelling. As a queer trans-man and a recovering addict, he has experienced firsthand the life-saving power of truth-telling. Through humor, loving-kindness, and sometimes brutal honesty, he hopes to inspire others to learn to do the same.

Amber lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with her wife and two children. As a partner in a biracial, same-sex couple, raising biracial children, she believes in the importance of harnessing privilege for the power of good, empowering those around her to have productive conversations, and constantly learning (and unlearning).

H.E.R. Recognized Leader
H.E.R. Past Executive Director

I have been involved with staffing Next Step, Woman Within and am active in the facilitation of Women and All Gender circles. I have a passion for supporting individuals on their path to personal growth and honored to be part of UPPD program.

Initiated: July 2004
MKP Co-Leader

I have been leading the NWTA, Ism and Issues and other trainings throughout North America for many years and committed to multicultural work both personally and in the community. As a former musician, computer engineer and skilled facilitator, I bring a unique perspective to this work.

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