I run Ally Skills Workshops for groups of people interested in learning how to step up and use their societal advantages for good. An ally is someone who stands up in support of members of another social identity group; typically a member of a dominant group standing beside member(s) of a group being discriminated against or treated unjustly.
My workshops are based off the Ada Initiative's model and incorporate some of its Creative Commons licensed materials, as well as materials by Val Aurora and additional materials that I have developed.
Two Different Workshop Formats:
I currently have two different versions - one aimed specifically at general ally skills with an emphasis on sexism and transphobia, and another that aims at teaching broader intervention skills, including bystander intervention and how to have discussions with defensive people. I usually run both workshops as three-hour sessions, where attendees develop their skills in a safe and comfortable learning environment.
The general ally skills workshop specifically focuses on helping people recognize problematic patterns, develop language to call out casual sexism and transphobia, and respond to uncomfortable situations. This workshop is ideal for office environments where attendees have already received basic diversity training. It covers issue of race and disability, but is not a substitute for more specialized training.
The broader intervention skills workshop teaches three different intervention styles with different goals. Participants practice basic ally responses, which aim primarily to set norms about acceptable behavior; bystander intervention strategies (based on Hollaback's training), which aim to intervene to assist targets of harassment directly; and strategies for talking to defensive people about hard topics, which aim to change minds.
Hosting a Workshop:
I run these workshops for all sorts of organizations - from major universities to small community non-profits. My fees are sliding scale based on the type of host, number of participants, and length. If you’re interested, contact me via email (kendra dot serra at gmail dot com) and we can talk about what you're looking for, rates, and timing. For organizations that are interested in running the workshop for their members, I usually customize the scenarios, so don't be surprised if your workshop looks different than the ones linked above. If you'd like to talk to someone at an organization where I've ran a workshop to hear a participant viewpoint, let me know and I'll connect you.