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 this year.  To get an idea of the kind of workshops we’ve had available in the past, please take a look at the offerings below.

Workshop: 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.

(c)Maksym Yemelyanov/Dollar Photo Club

Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016

Time: 10:30AM to 5:30PM

Location: 24th & Welton Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $125 (sliding scale available)

In this daylong applied workshop, we will 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.  Click here for more information.

Workshop: 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.

(c)Africa Studio/Dollar Photo Club, adapted by Dara Burwell

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 & Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Time: 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: 22nd & Market Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $250 (sliding scale available)

Join us in 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 will be 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).  Participate in this consciousness raising opportunity that will better equip you to critically vision for your communities and for yourself.  Click here for more information.

Workshop: Confronting Race & Racism

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

(c)bradcalkins/Dollar Photo Club.

Date: Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Location: 29th & Downing Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $250 (sliding scale available)

This thoughtful and interactive 2-day workshop will engage and confront the anatomy of race and racism in the United States.  The first day will concentrate on the historical and current ideological, institutional, and interpersonal framework of race and racism.  The second day will invite 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.).  Click here for more information.

Workshop: Exploring & Healing from Internalized Oppression

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

(c)tashatuvango/Dollar Photo Club.

Date: Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time: 9:30AM to 5:30PM

Location: 22nd & Market Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $250 (sliding scale available)

Through a blending of community education, consciousness-raising, and internal healing work techniques, we will engage with how internalized sexism operates in our lives and explore ways we can heal from the wounds of sexism.  This two-day workshop will 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.

Please note: This workshop is specifically designed as an exploration and healing space for women and people targeted by sexism (including cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, and genderqueer people targeted by sexism).  It is meant to help participants understand and begin to resolve the impacts of the sexist targeting they have experienced.  While it is important to further the development of anti-sexist allies, this workshop is not intended for cisgender men or genderqueer people who have not been targeted by sexism.  If you are a cisgender man or genderqueer person not targeted by sexism, we invite you to attend one of our general workshops on sexism in the upcoming months.  In the meantime, please help forward this announcement along to the women and people targeted by sexism in your life.

Workshop: Exploring Class & Classism

Word art image featuring words such as: classism, class, exploring, justice, internalized, etc.Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM (lunch provided)

Location: 28th & High Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $125 (sliding scale available)

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.  Join us for 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.

Workshop: Introduction to Equity & Anti-Oppression Concepts

Quadrant depicting the 4 I's of Oppression: Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internalized

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Time: 9:00AM to 4:30PM

Location: 22nd & Market Street, Denver CO 80205 (exact address provided to registrants)

Cost: $125 (sliding scale available)

This highly interactive, daylong workshop will provide participants with a framework for understanding how oppression works, and introduce them to the concepts and vocabulary related to power and privilege in the United States.  By learning more about the anatomy of oppression and how it is constructed, we will be able to better recognize it, know more about what is required to stop/undo it, and be more equipped to build a better vision for our communities and ourselves.