Class Action Training of Trainers

August 25- 27, 2016

Class Action is pleased to announce that we are planning a Train the Trainer workshop in August 2016. This intensive, hands-on training is the first step in becoming a recognized Class Action Associate Trainer or a great opportunity for individuals to learn the skills of facilitating class workshops within their own organizations and institutions.

Class Action conducts workshops for schools, non-profits, religious organizations, social change organizations, and other groups to identify class issues impacting their work. Download our workshop brochure  for more details about the types of workshops you will learn to facilitate.

Class is so pervasive to our experiences, it's hard to realize until you have specific space in which to talk about it." Non-profit director

Why become a Class Action trainer?

  1. Meaningful contribution to society and, in particular, to ending classism
  2. Opportunity for learning and personal growth (e.g. content development; co-facilitation with other trainers)
  3. Income
  4. Community and belonging

Core Frameworks

This is where we are coming from – what we do will not be in contradiction to these basic values/beliefs.

  1. People of all classes and class backgrounds can be allies and leaders towards ending classism [neither the framework of higher class paternalism, nor the framework that the poor are the only ones qualified for leadership].
  2. People from all classes can take responsibility to move towards ending patterns of internalized classism in themselves.
  3. All isms matter and intersect. Any individual may frame the world from their own ranked order of isms. Class Action does not rank the isms. What we do is focus on the world through a classism lens.
  4. We aim to explore classism with curiosity and compassion, not with blame.
  5. Exploring class is both an intellectual and emotional journey. We seek to make space for both elements.
  6. We understand class to be multi-dimensional, including income, wealth, status, social capital, cultural capital, and the power to make decisions and allocate resources
  7. We understand that class operates personally, culturally, institutionally – consciousness affects conditions and conditions affect consciousness.

Is this training right for you?

This training is intended for individuals who have experience teaching or facilitating popular education workshops around anti-oppression or issues of economic inequality.  

We want Associate Trainers who support Class Action’s mission, vision and core frameworks and who:

  1. See themselves as life-long learners (humility, openness)
  2. Have great capacity for empathy and compassion (able to be with the emotional intensity that can arise in workshops, curious rather than judgmental about what lies behind people’s emotions)
  3. Are skillful in communication (able to communicate concepts, activity directions, logistics and plans clearly)
  4. Are skillful as workshop leaders both in content and process (able to design, able to shift design on the fly; knowledgeable about class, classism, economic inequality, popular education methods)
  5. Are willing to support the well-being of Class Action as an organization (has identity with Class Action and acts in partnership rather than seeing CA as only a source of income; see list below for what supports the well-being of CA)
  6. Are willing to help develop CA training program, e.g. mentor less-experienced CA trainers, share some of own materials and exercises with CA, participate in face-to-face meetings and conference calls, as time allows.

Meet your facilitators

Anita Garcia MoralesAnita

Anita 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-WrightBetsy author headshot color

Betsy 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 300 workshops throughout the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.

Alan Prestonalanpreston

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 Managing Director 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.

Tanya O. WilliamsTanya-Williams

Tanya O. Williams, 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.

Training Schedule

Click here to see the tentative schedule.

Cost

Cost is calculated on a $250-$725 sliding scale based on the size of your organization. Suggested rates are below:

Affiliated trainees
$725    Organizations and Institutions with annual budgets over $1M
$575    Organizations with annual budgets between $500-999K
$425    Organizations with annual budgets between $150-499K
$250    Organizations with budgets under $150K
Individual trainees
$575    Individuals well-off
$325    Individuals making ends meet
$250    Currently working class or low-income

There is very limited scholarship funding available to cover the cost of the workshop and/or travel and accommodations. If you wish to apply for scholarship funding please email us at workshops@classism.org.