Equity Workshops

OCEE offers a wide variety of  equity-based workshops to address racial equity in our schools and organizations.  Workshops vary from 90 minutes to 2 days and can be designed to meet the needs of your  local context.  Below is a sample of some of the workshops we offer to help you think about what we might be able to offer you.  While most of these workshops are written through the lens of schools, any and all of these can be presented through the lens of your organization or business.

Sample Workshop Offerings


Oregon’s Racial History
The history of Oregon; our laws, policies, and interactions with our communities of color show strong patterns over the years that still influence how we engage our students and families of color today.  Come take a walk with us through the timeline of Oregon’s racial history and learn more about how Oregon’s history impacts the decisions you make today.  You will learn many things about Oregon that you never knew and be reminded of others that you’ve forgotten.


The Lens of Whiteness
Oregon is a predominantly white state, so it stands to reason that most of our school districts, organizations and state leadership are also predominantly white.  Learn more about how this impacts the way we see the world and influences how we teach students, both in districts that are mostly white and districts that have populations of color.  How might we be holding all of our children back by only seeing through one lens?


Understanding and Addressing Racial Micro-Aggressions

Micro-Aggressions are verbal and non-verbal insults and indignities of modern racism experienced daily by people of color.  Using the work of Dr. Derald Wing Sue, this session will support people of color with specific language to address their all too common experiences. At the same time white educators will develop new eyes and understanding of everyday situations that are often unseen, ignored and devalued. Together participants will address ways to prevent and intervene to reduce the immediate and long-term devastating impact of micro-aggressions.


Spotting Detours:  Staying on Track to Address Race in Schools

As people of conscience, we are working to transform the foundations of the racist society that was handed down to us and work towards a future where this legacy will not be inherited by another generation.  Yet without realizing it, white people often detour into the conditioning of fear, suspicion and stereotypes that substituted for true knowing of people of color.  Author Jona Olsson has identified common “detours” that she defines as wrong turns into guilt, denial and defensiveness in response to racism.  As we work to uncover internalized beliefs that work against us in fighting racism, we will also explore strategies for interrupting and avoiding these off track beliefs and behaviors.


A Place at the Table: Building Cross-Cultural Community
Who are the voices you consistently hear from at your  meetings?  Whose voices are rarely present or heard?  Learn strategies for bringing forward multiple perspectives and using them in your decision-making to ensure more equitable access and outcomes for students and families.


Understanding Poverty

Often, educators’ approach to understanding the relationship between poverty and education has been to study the behaviors and cultures of poor students and their families. This workshop will push participants beyond this one-dimensional understanding of poverty towards new understandings that are at the heart of creating anti-classist classrooms and schools.


Building our Capacity to Interrupt Racial Inequities in Oregon’s Schools

As we work to develop a stronger focus on creating equitable schools, the first question we need to ask ourselves is:  What does equity look like (and NOT look like) in my educational setting?  This workshop will deepen your understanding of the institutionalized racist barriers that hinder elimination of Oregon’s racial achievement disparities. With a focus on working from the inside out participants will be challenged to step out of their comfort zone and create new entry points for becoming aware of, understanding, and interrupting inequitable policies and practices in our schools.