Exploring Class and Classism

Date(s) - 12/02/2015
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Union Theological Seminary

Join Class Action on December 2nd for an open workshop discussing class and classism in our daily lives

Oakland workshop August 2014 (18 of 37)What can we gain by talking about class?

• How class identities affect our lives and communities, how we work and who we work with
• How do class and race intersect
• What are the invisible obstacles within our own communities
• How can we become more class inclusive (and why it matters)
• How can we celebrate the differences from all class backgrounds to build community


Free for UTS students with a student ID
$5-25 Sliding scale for others


Tanya-WilliamsTanya O. Williams, Class Action Senior Trainer & 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.

JoanieJoanie Parker, Class Action Associate Trainer, grew up in Pittsburgh, the hometown of her parents, with a father who was raised owning class and a mother raised working class. Throughout her life, she was always trying to figure out why some people were left out and others weren’t in society. She decided to become an elementary school teacher to provide an environment where children could feel good about themselves. From there she was trained as a machine operator and worked in a factory for 10 years and was very involved with her union. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in the labor movement and has been actively involved in work to end racism. Currently, she is coordinating a Mentoring Program through the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD). She is also committed to working with individuals and groups on the effects of our class backgrounds and how we can actively work to end classism.

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