360 SUPPORT FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE
CEIO's Core Training Programs provide additional support that helps members of our Organizational Partnerships, organizing programs, and Deeper Change community to increase their range of motion in regards to creating and sustaining the vision they are building toward.
We encourage everyone to learn and engage in these programs.
Beyond Diversity 101 sharply breaks from the vicious cycle of guilt, blame and victimhood, both in its curriculum and underlying philosophy. BD101 participants, regardless of background, are asked to engage with models that challenge traditional notions of how oppression operates. Workshop participants learn to identify, then to begin dismantling, the subtle ways in which apparent victims and apparent oppressors can both perpetuate the classist, sexist, racist and homophobic status quo.
These multi-day intensive workshops expose, stimulate and transform the dynamics of diversity at the root level.
The goal of diversity training should be to nurture into wholeness the separations we currently perceive across class, race, sexuality and gender. However, the models traditionally used in diversity training's have tended to instill guilt, assign blame, or vindicate victimhood according to narrowly conceived hierarchies of oppression. Participants often leave such workshops overwhelmed by negative emotions and even less able to be effective agents for change.
BD101 participants, regardless of background, are asked to engage with models that challenge traditional notions of how oppression operates. Workshop participants learn to identify, then to begin dismantling, the subtle ways in which apparent victims and apparent oppressors can both perpetuate the classist, sexist, racist and homophobic status quo. Through a variety of models and well-designed activities, participants will consider unjust and oppressive uses of power at the personal, organizational and societal levels. Together we are empowered by recognizing a dynamic vision of wholeness.
Diversity training has traditionally been based in models driven by guilt and blame. We believe that if the goal is to become a more whole society, such trainings are highly ineffective. We need to move beyond the vicious cycles that are embedded in these old “Diversity 101” models.
We can, in fact, abolish systematic discrimination within and without. It requires recognizing, taking responsibility, shifting mindsets while continually building and utilizing effective skills. Beyond Diversity 101 is for all who choose to transform systems of separation and power-over. It is for those who want to work toward wholeness — within and without.
We envision a community that works inclusively to imagine its future and acts effectively and compassionately to bring that vision into being.
CLP’s mission is to equip, support and inspire each other to practice values-based collaborative leadership. We seek to accomplish this mission by creating a place where leaders can talk candidly about what’s important to them and a space that is safe for them to explore and practice becoming the leader they wish to be.
CLP Leaders and Fellows model a supportive and spirited learning environment. Our values guide every conversation, interaction and relationship we foster:
Purpose – CLP believes that stories, values, and lived experiences shape and guide leaders.
Inclusion – CLP believes that a diversity of perspectives and experiences makes the conversation and potential outcomes richer for everyone.
Courage – CLP invites authentic and difficult conversations. Real change (internal and external) happens when we are honest and make ourselves vulnerable.
Continuous learning – We’re constantly expanding the breadth and depth of our knowledge and pursuing new ways to apply that learning.
Connect with yourself and others to co-create better possibilities.
We invite leaders into CLP that represent a broad spectrum of age, ethnicity, gender, level of experience and authority. Each cohort includes approximately twenty participants ranging from engaged community residents, to nonprofit executives, board members and funders, to government and business leaders.
Learn to lead inclusively, courageously and meaningfully.
Leaders in a community can be resources to each other through engaged and curious presence. Over nine transformative months, each cohort explores and progresses from self to interpersonal to community impact.
Each cohort is unique. There is a guiding sequence for the sessions, but participants ultimately drive the substance and style of the discourse and the personal and collective outcomes they aspire to. Particularly during the spring, participants discover assumptions that they hold or that hold them. Rather than defining the issues for the group to talk about, the leaders work with the group to support participants in building relationships as they challenge assumptions.