Master Facilitation Training (4-12 hours training)
This training draws on 25+ years of experience in community, activist, and higher education settings as a teacher and trainer in racial, gender and LGBTQ justice.
How do we create the best possible containers for learning? How do we create equitable environments so that every participant truly has the opportunity to be fully present and contribute? How do we manage “difficult” people? How do we support participants who have experienced physical, psychic and/or sexual trauma? How do we account for widely varying levels of ability, the introvert/extrovert balance, as well as language and cultural differences? How to we maximize the potential in every communal learning experience and minimize harm?
This training provides concrete skills and tools to improve any facilitator’s or trainer’s practice. Participants grow their tool box, skill level and insight about personal and structural roadblocks to best practices.
Dr. Grant works with organizations to develop tailored equity "bibles" for their enterprises. Equity Playbooks align organizational mission with equity goals and offer communication guidelines, rules of engagement, and pivotal writings that articulate key corporate or organizational values pertaining to equity.
Emptying the White Knapsack: After McIntosh
Peggy McIntosh’s famous essay, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack was a stunner in the 1990s because it parted the smokescreen that white supremacy deploys in sustaining itself. Every day, ‘good’ white people benefit from racist structures that we collaboratively (if unwittingly) uphold.
In this workshop, we move beyond the mere recognition of invisible privilege by developing daily strategies for refusing the fruits of racist operating systems. We look at white collective complicity, at personal complicity, and identify opportunities to reject and dismantle the ill-gotten gains of the system as it persists.
In the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2011), Dr. Grant's ground-breaking study that created a transformative leap in trans activism in the US and around the globe, 840 respondents did not identify as male or female and instead wrote in their own genders. Fantastica, Mosaic, Agender and Tranarchist were just a few of the gender identities expressed by this cohort in the study, which was younger, more often Black or Latinx, and more often queer or bisexual-identified than the full sample of 6,500 respondents. Since publication of the study, more recent campus and statewide health surveys of gender identity indicate that non-binary gender identity is exploding across our nation.
What does this surge of gender expansiveness mean given that the legal strategies of the LGBTQ movement have largely built upon binary frameworks? How can universities, workplaces, and community centers embrace and affirm all the genders in our social and physical spaces? How do we build social and educational environments, justice projects, “safety” and accountable, functioning communities given how embedded the gender binary is in our systems and structures?
Thinking beyond the #MeToo strategy of naming the “other”, this workshop calls on us to think about ways to self-assess power and control in our own relationships so that we can build toward more just and even revolutionary social, workplace, and sexual relationships. As a mentor, boss, coach, teacher, spiritual guide, sponsor, friend or partner, if the culture hands us power, how do we reject the same old destructive and dreary path of entitlement and exploitation? Is it possible to re-shape our daily actions in these relationships with an eye toward building transformative cultures and practices of liberation?
Centering Sex and Pleasure in Sexual Assault Prevention
Guest lecture, keynote or class presentation. Can be a smaller, more intimate talk given to Title IX, counseling center, student life, and other appropriate personnel.
As a former director of a rural rape crisis center, Dr. Grant notes that one of the anti-rape movement’s biggest strategic errors has been the positing of rape as separate/distinct/apart from sex. While no one would argue against the idea that rape is crime of power and control, the ground upon which that war is waged is our bodies, and the theater is sex. Strong rape prevention work must move into territories of sex, pleasure and desire. We must deconstruct the social and sex cultures we live and move in, and determine our place in them, if we are to defend and preserve ourselves amidst predatory structures and people.
Feminist Demography, Research Methods and the Uses of Research in Pursuing Equity & Justice
As principal researcher for the ground-breaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey and co-author of its ground-breaking report, Injustice at Every Turn (2011), Dr. Grant faced a mountain of disbelievers and naysayers in the formal academy and in the LGBTQ movement itself. How do we break out of disciplinary conventions, conservatism and the funding industrial-complex to create research that makes a difference? How did the work of the NTDS create a great leap forward for transgender leaders and organizers? What are the hallmarks of feminist collaboration and methods when working on issues and communities may be central to our vision for our liberation but tangential to our personal experiences?
Rules of Engagement: The Keys to Successful Collaboration Across Race, Gender and Sexuality
Civility is often held up as the prize in collaborative work across race, gender and sexuality. But this emphasis often drives conflict and anger borne of persistent structural injustice underground, destroying the potential for equitable processes and outcomes. How do those of us with positional and institutional power around race, gender and/or sexuality constructively collaborate with our peers who are surviving disproportionate violence and marginalization? How do we cast off defensiveness and open ourselves to new paths? How do we become accountable, creative accomplices in taking down sexism, racism, ableism and economic injustice? This popular workshop helps participants build concrete workplace and community-building skills toward more equitable environments.