Classes & Community Offerings

The majority of our workshops are not generally available to the public because they are contracted through specific organizations and designed for their staff and board members, participants or clients, etc. Whenever possible, Transformative Alliances LLC offers open enrollment workshops and classes that individual people can access.  These cover a wide array of subject areas.

While we have not been able to offer open enrollment workshops and classes recently, we hope to provide new options in the near future.  Some of the open enrollment workshops we have provided in the past include:

Foundational Anti-Oppression Concepts Using Theatre of the Oppressed

A theater mask with a diamond-studded eye and dark lips rests next to an empty wooden picture frame and long string of Mardi Gras beads, all set against a silky fabric background. The photo is mostly grayscale, with select purple and rainbow highlights. Bold white text on a purple background reads: “Foundational Concepts – Theatre of the Oppressed.” Photo by Africa Studio, adapted by Dara Burwell.

Image: Africa Studio/ adapted by Dara Burwell

A dynamic and energetic 2-day workshop using Theatre of the Oppressed as a basis for introducing and exploring foundational anti-oppression/social justice concepts. In addition to a body-based exploration of power and privilege, participants are introduced to a shared vocabulary, and come away with a deeper understanding of how oppression is composed of ideological, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized components (known as the 4 I’s of Oppression).  This is a consciousness raising opportunity that better equips you to critically vision for your communities and for yourself.

Confronting Race & Racism

Silver typewriter typebars are arranged against a black background. They spell "racism" in all capital and lowercase letters. Photo by bradcalkins.

Image: bradcalkins

This thoughtful and interactive 2-day workshop engages and confronts the anatomy of race and racism in the United States.  The first day concentrates on the historical and current ideological, institutional, and interpersonal framework of race and racism.  The second day invites participants to begin a deeply personal exploration of the impacts and implications of racism in their own lives. Tools such as race-based caucusing and experiential learning will be a key part of the workshop, which will also explore the intersections of racism and other forms of oppression (i.e. sexism, classism, heterosexism/homophobia, nationalism/xenophobia, etc.).

Exploring & Healing from Internalized Sexism

Yellow road sign set against a vibrant sunset reads, "Warning Sexism". Photo by tashatuvango.

Image: tashatuvango

Through a blending of community education, consciousness-raising, and internal healing work techniques, this 2-day workshop examines how internalized sexism operates in our lives and explores ways we can heal from the wounds of sexism. We provide a space for participants to critically examine sexism and its intersections with other forms of oppression (i.e. cissexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, etc.) as they exist in our own lives, and engage in a variety of interactive and healing exercises.

Incorporating Anti-Oppression Practices into Your Organization: Communication Tools & Strategies

A stand-mounted microphone sits in front of a pair of headphones against a teal background. Photo by Maksym Yemelyanov.

Image: Maksym Yemelyanov

In this daylong applied workshop, explore how dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression inform how we communicate (i.e. microaggressions, dominant cultural norms, overt vs. covert forms of oppressive communication, etc.), and how to establish and maintain anti-oppression communication practices.  Learn about a variety of concrete, anti-oppression based tools and strategies that can be used within your organization, workplace, community group, or other social spaces to minimize power imbalances and foster more equitable relationships.

Exploring Class & Classism

Word art image featuring words such as: classism, class, exploring, justice, internalized, etc.As a system of oppression, classism assigns value to each of us and our communities on the basis of our class positions.  While the consequences of this are enormous, they are made to seem normal and even invisible.  This daylong workshop is an engaging exploration of how class and classism are constructed in the United States, including the elements and history that make up our own class positions.  Through large and small group exercises, interactive workshop techniques, and class-based caucus work, you will gain a greater understanding of how to recognize classism in its different forms, including its relationship to other types of oppression.