Exploring Race & Class Intersections

Date(s) - 07/07/2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

2100 Building

The development of the class structure in the United States has been, from the beginning, interwoven
with the development of white supremacy”. — Tim Wise

This workshop explores the critical link between class and race in the United States. It starts by examining the historical basis for classism and racism and then invites people to examine how race and class impacts our individual life experiences. The workshop is interactive and experiential and participants should be prepared to examine and talk about the origins of their own class backgrounds and racial identities.

The general goals of the workshop are as follows:

  1. Shared understanding and framework for discussing class and race
  2. Understanding how race and class have operated structurally throughout history
  3. Increasing awareness of individual own racial and class identities and their impact
  4. Explore steps we can take towards greater race and class equity

Workshop Assumptions: The workshop is grounded in several core assumptions that are not up for
debate. It is essential that all participants accept them, at least for the duration of the workshop.

  • Today’s focus is on class and race, but other aspects of personal identity are no less important
  • Our class and race backgrounds are formative
  • We absorb the conditioning of racism and classism and internalize feelings of superiority or inferiority
  • Classism and racism must be understood as systems of oppression
  • Whenever those who benefit from oppressive systems do not actively resist, we are complicit
  • Undoing racism and classism requires honest reflection, dialogue and discomfort

Coffee and snacks will be provided. Participants will have an hour for lunch and are welcome to bring lunch with them. A microwave and refrigeration are all available for use.


Alan Preston, Senior Traineralanpreston

Alan Preston, grew up with the advantages of class, race, and gender and is committed to using his privilege to work for social justice. Alan has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and currently works as the Director of Programs and Equity for Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Before joining Real Change in the Fall of 2009, Alan served as the Northwest Organizer for an initiative called Wealth for the Common Good, mobilizing high-income earners in support of progressive tax policies. Alan has also designed and facilitated programs around class, wealth and leadership for progressive foundations, giving circles, churches and nonprofit organizations. Alan holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in political science from Haverford College.

Sarah Tran, Associate Trainer

Sarah Tran was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, by Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as refugees. During her earliest years, the family was solidly working-class as her parents worked hard to support their children while sponsoring relatives from Vietnam to come to the US. By the time she was four, there were ten people living in their little house. When her parents advanced in their careers, they were able to move out into a larger home, becoming the only family of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. Sarah grew up experiencing racism and sexism throughout grade school and struggled with becoming a class “straddler” as her family’s socioeconomic status changed. These experiences ground and guide Sarah‘s work today as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center – an organization dedicated to building capacity, resources, and leadership in communities of color and other marginalized communities. Location: Seattle, WA

Workshop Fees: The cost for public workshops ranges from $25 – $150 per person, based on ability to
pay. Please contact us to inquire about organizational discounts for multiple attendees or if you are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Customized Programs: In addition to our semi-annual public workshops, we offer customized training to
organizations wanting to explore how racism and classism impact their workplaces. If you are interested in a customized workshop with your organization, please email us.

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