ACT for Alexandria

Racial Equity Learning Series

ACT is launching its Racial Equity Learning Series with a fall cohort beginning in September and a winter cohort beginning in November.  The series will be led by Whitney Parnell of Service Never Sleeps.   

The fall cohort is designed for individuals who have already taken an ACT Allyship workshop and want to learn more about white supremacy, bias and microaggressions in their work to advance racial equity.  The winter cohort is similar but designed for nonprofit and Board leaders who want to dive deeper into building equity in their organizations.    

Program Dates: 

Fall Cohort ($75 for two workshops) 

  • September 25, 9:30am - noon: White Supremacy 

  • October 16, 9:30am – noon:  Bias & Microaggressions  

Participants must have completed an ACT Allyship workshop between May 2019 – August 2020 and commit to attending both workshops.   

To register, click here. Space is limited to 35 participants. 


Winter Cohort ($150 for four workshops) 

  • November 12/13 (2-day session), 9:30am – noon:  Allyship 

  • December 11, 9:30am – noon: White Supremacy 

  • January 8, 9:30am – noon: Bias & Microaggressions 

  • February 4/5 (2-day session), 9:30am - noon: Building Equity  

Participants must be Alexandria nonprofit staff or Board members and commit to attending all four workshops. 

To register, click here.  Space is limited to 35 participants. 

  1. Allyship: This workshop is led from a racial equity lens, usually as the initial component of race-equity partnerships. We begin with this training as an empowering way to promote racial equity and justice as a lifestyle. The workshop helps participants identify their areas of privilege and apply tools to be effective allies through manners of centering the marginalized, self/mirror work, and influencing others. It sets a critical foundation for the organization’s approach moving forward. This training is executed in two 2.5-hour sessions.   

  1. White Supremacy: Leveraging the Allyship workshop as a foundation, this training outlines white supremacy as an institution, its persistence in present day, and its common forms in organizations. The interactive session will guide participants to understand white supremacy as a construct of dominance and culture and will also facilitate active unpacking and identifying of white supremacy culture in participants’ own lives and work. Additionally, this training will guide participants to understand racism as a structural upholding of white supremacy through systemic means. Tools will also be provided to actively identify and unlearn white supremacy moving forward. This is executed in one 2.5-hour session.   

  1. Bias & Microaggressions: This this training focuses on the Individual and Interpersonal aspects of racism. The half-day training helps participants understand how our mental processes condition unconscious stereotypes that affect conclusions we draw and actions we take.  Participants will be trained to understand microaggressions as common and painful ways that implicit bias, systems, and stereotypes manifest through society’s culture, particularly through individual comments and actions. The training includes common examples and drivers of microaggressions, with steps for catching bias and limiting such harmful language and behavior, to prevent the compounding of immense harm. This is executed in one 2.5-hour session.   

  1. Building Equity: Leveraging the past three trainings as fundamental bases, this final training helps participants understand the meaning of racial equity and provides tools for envisioning and constructing equity in the workspace and other environments. It centers the Institutional aspect of structural racism, and helps participants examine their workspaces’ current infrastructure relative to racial equity. The interactive day long training provides frameworks and active working sessions to develop paths forward for individual and organizational journeys, and their organizations’ commitments to the work. Participants will leave with collective group outputs, along with individualized action steps for their respective proceeding phases of racial equity capacity-building. This is executed in two 2.5-hour sessions.