Exploring Class and Classism

Date(s) - 08/25/2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2100 Building

Join us on August 25th for an open workshop discussing class and classism in our daily lives.

Why is class often so difficult to talk about? How does class impact your work? Why is it important to build cross-class movements? What is your class story? Discuss these questions and more at Class Action’s open workshop.

Class Action has spent 12 years developing creative ways of asking questions, sharing personal experiences and helping people to engage with issues of class in a meaningful way. Our workshops are highly interactive, engaging and focused on learning from one another in the room.

In this workshop, participants will explore:

  • how class identities affect our lives, how we work and who we work with
  • how race intersects with class
  • how we become more class inclusive (and why it matters)
  • how we can celebrate differences from all class backgrounds to build community

Pizza will be served. Please bring your own refreshments.

Workshop Facilitators

Anita Garcia Morales

AnitaAnita Garcia Morales grew up in a migrant farmworker family. She received her BA and Teaching Degree from the University of Washington. She taught in Seattle Public Schools for over 20 years and is currently an Instructional Services Coach for Social Studies and Race & Equity. Anita is also a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and a Positive Discipline Associate reaching out to mostly immigrant Latino families. The common thread that runs through all that Anita does is her focus on social justice and equity. She has co-facilitated many class and classism workshops for varied organizations in the Seattle area.

Betsy Leondar-Wright

Betsy new photo squareBetsy grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. She is assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. Her new book, “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures” (Cornell University Press, 2014), grew out of her PhD dissertation research on 25 social justice groups. A long-time activist for economic justice, she was the Communications Director for nine years at United for a Fair Economy,where she co-authored “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the US Racial Wealth Divide” (2006). Since writing “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.

Tanya O. Williams

Tanya headshotTanya O. Williams, Class Action Senior Trainer & Former Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Union Theological Seminary, was born and raised in Houston, Texas by working-class African American Southern parents. Tanya first encountered experiences with racism and classism when she was bused to the predominately white, public Poe Elementary School in a wealthy part of Houston where she also attended junior high and high school. After attending college and working in higher education student affairs, Tanya returned to school to study Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts where she completed her doctorate. Her dissertation was on internalized racism and a path to liberation for African Americans. In addition to working with Class Action, Tanya has served as a Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, a national organization committed to creating leaders with integrity, for 16 years, and recently launched a new practice, Authentic Consulting.

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