WHAT: Free Pre-Conference Intensive on White Allyship
WHO: All registered Gender Odyssey/Gender Odyssey Family attendees; Open to the public as space allows
WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 1:00pm -5:00pm
WHERE: Silver Cloud Hotel, 1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
RSVP REQUIRED: See below.
As white people striving to be allies, we often find ourselves confronting challenging feelings: shame, anger, fear, confusion, and grief. All too often, we allow these feelings to prevent us from continuing our growth and taking action toward equity. Indeed, continued participation can be daunting, given that even our interactions with one another so often result in these same negative experiences. Yet in order to move forward with social justice work, we know that everyone needs to be at the table, participating in healthy and productive ways.
What if courageous conversations—with oneself and one another—are the answer? What if white allies had space and time to better understand and acknowledge the confusion and loss that comes with realizing how and when systemic oppression has positively impacted their lives?
By developing our own knowledge and consciousness, we as white allies will be better able to participate in working toward social equity for all. This workshop was developed in dialogue with the Gender Odyssey People of Color Advisory Council in the spirit of collaboration, respect, and unity of purpose. White allies want to conscientiously and ethically participate in shared leadership and advocacy roles, and this workshop will provide the opportunity and tools to better understand why and how.
Note: We do not want to impose our own ideas of race on individuals’ identities. To allow for a deeper exploration of this topic than might otherwise be achieved, however, this conversation is designed to be exclusive to white people. All Gender Odyssey participants are asked to respect the intentions and purpose of this space.
Stuart Brewster, LICSW, CMHS, SMMHS, is a social worker, therapist, trainer, activist, and raging queer who believes in transformative vulnerability and accountable allyship. He has extensive experience co-facilitating discussions of race, gender, and class including a workshop last year at Gender Odyssey, and previously through Social Justice Fund Northwest, the University of Washington’s IDEA Center, and the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, among others. He currently works as a Lead Child and Family Therapist at Ryther. He also has an unreasonably intense fondness for queer theory, comic books, and the Spice Girls.
Nathaniel Lukas, MA, PhD candidate (ABD), is an experienced public speaker and trainer certified by the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM), Albuquerque New Mexico Public Schools (APS) Office of Equal Opportunity Services, the University of New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center, and Toastmasters International. He has certificates in Workplace Mediation and Negotiation/Conflict Resolution and eight years of teaching experience at the university level. Nathaniel, also known as “Lukas,” is a transgender man and social activist whose work focuses on the intersection of identity and anti-oppressive spaces/safe learning environments for all in order to facilitate greater dialogue and collaboration between groups of different gender, class, and racial identities.
Emily Stern, MFA, has been teaching, consulting, writing, and performing since the early 1990s. She consults locally and nationally for academic, diversity and equity, and Title IX programming, curriculum, and professional development, implementation, and facilitation, as well as creates and consults to implement original educational tools, including the El Corozón Deck, a bilingual educational tool designed to inspire critical thinking about social justice, community, and identity. Emily is the author of When Doves Cry, a memoir about her childhood and her mother’s death in 1993 from complications of HIV/AIDS, represented by Jet Literary. She currently oversees the Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning and is Liberal Arts faculty. In addition to Santa Fe Community College, she is also a program, curriculum, and Title IX consultant and trainer, and contributing faculty member in Creative Writing at The Institute of American Indian Arts, and is a contributing Liberal Arts Faculty member and Feminist Club advisor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Emily has an MFA in creative nonfiction, with a critical emphasis on women and AIDS in literature, from Goddard College, and a BA from the Evergreen State College.
SEATING IS LIMITED–PLEASE RSVP!!
To reserve your seat, please register for the pre-conference event (even if you have already registered for the conference):
- Visit our TicketLeap box office:
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR.
- Select the number of seats you want to reserve and click Add to Cart and click Checkout.
- Provide the name and email address for each attendee and indicate their choices for photos and ASL interpreting, and click Checkout again.
You’ll receive an email confirming your reservation. No need to show anything at the door, just check in using the name you registered under. See you there!