Custom Training & Consultation
Just Communities works with community members, nonprofits, organizations, and businesses both locally and across the country to develop Customized Training and Consultation workshops tailored to the specific needs of our clients. Our workshops take an intersectional approach, using race as a lens through which we can examine other identities and experiences including, but not limited to class, immigration, and gender .
Intersectionality - Intersectionality is a theoretical framework that examines the complicated experiences of holding multiple identities across race, class, immigration status/citizen, nationality, ethnicity, gender, educational background, language, etc.The term was originally coined by Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989 in her paper for the University of Chicago Legal Forum titled “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics”.
Gender - Gender is understood as an institution that assigns expected behavioral norms, attitudes, and responsibilities based on one's body type or perceived body type. Gender is not an inherent property of an individual or body type (“The Invention of Women: Making African Sense of Western Gender Discourse” by Oyeronke Oyewumi)
Director of Research & Consulting
Gabrielle, also known as Ifademilade Omotola Oosafunmilayo, the sole educator, freelance graphic designer, social media artist, and culture critic behind the platform GFx Studios (@gfx_prints on Instagram). Originally from Orange County, California, Gabrielle completed her undergraduate education at University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2018 with honors, receiving two degrees: Ecology and Evolution, B.S. and Biological Anthropology, B.A. In June 2020, Gabrielle graduated from University of Washington School of Public Health with a Master’s in Environmental and Occupational Health. After completing her degree in Environmental Health at University of Washington, Gabrielle forged her own path forward by creating a personal and professional career focused on environmental justice, critical race theory, and education."
Just Communities’ Common Language Workshop is often the first step for our consulting work. The goal of this workshop is to develop a foundational understanding of key terms and frameworks relating to identity including, but not limited to race , ethnicity , xenophobia , and colonialism . The purpose of this workshop is to build a foundational understanding of key terms in frameworks to ground our future conversations in a common understanding. Each Common Language Workshop is tailored to the specific needs of our clients by exploring how these key terms and frameworks impact their job sector and/or organization.
Race - Race is based on the assumption that individuals can be divided into groups based on their phenotype (Burton, 2010).
Ethnicity - Ethnicity refers to a subset of people whose members are connected through shared language, religion, culture/traditions, immigration, and/or ancestry (Burton, 2010). Ethnicity is not dependent on race; people of different racial categories can belong to the same ethnicity.
Xenophobia - Xenophobia describes the prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization of people percieved to be from other countries.
Colonialism - Colonialism is the dominance and subjugation of one group by another for the purpose of economic exploitation through invasion.
Just Communities works with clients to develop an Action Plan based on Pre- and Post-Assements of the organizations to help guide future conversations and/or work tailored to those clients needs.
Just Communities creates customized workshops for a variety of clients in different
formats and settings including:
Continued work based on the needs identified in the Action Plan
Speaking engagements for panels or workshops
Workshops on a specific topic or subject area relating to anti-racism education
If you are interested in doing a custom training for your organization, please fill out this REQUEST FOR SERVICE form and we will contact you.