Last week, I was discussing with my community change graduate class the concept of values-neutral facilitation. We spent some time unpacking the challenges behind being truly neutral while facilitating, especially on concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using a values-neutral approach to facilitation doesn’t mean you don’t have values or that your values won’t show up in your facilitation. In fact, your values absolutely do show up in your facilitation. So what does it mean to perform values-neutral facilitation?
Let’s face it – we adults come to the table with a lot of baggage. We have many years (perhaps decades) of knowledge and experiences that inform every decision we make. I don’t know about you but I love giving advice to a young person about all my lessons learned even when that advice might not have been specifically requested which is pretty much always (#sorrynotsorry). Sometimes, we, as adults, need to take a step back and learn a thing or two (or 100) from the young people we live and work alongside and check our baggage at the door.
For those working in agencies and organizations looking to better serve or involve young people – this process begins with authenticity.
Today marks the start of Transgender Awareness Week and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th – a solemn day across the US and the world. Each year, folks across the globe take a step back and create space to honor the memory of folks who lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence. This year alone in the US, 25 transgender or non-binary people were brutally murdered – and they primarily have been trans women of color. The 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance is on November 20th. To learn more about this memorializing event or to find a vigil near you, please go to https://tdor.info/.
While we can’t end anti-transgender violence overnight there are things you can do right now that can improve the lives of not only transgender folks but for everyone.
Lately, there’s a been a lot of buzz around the term “health equity” and I’ve been asked countless times by folks working at various organizations and agencies how an individual can advance health equity when they are only one person working in a larger (often bureaucratic) system or institution. Often times my response to those questions is that large scale change starts with individuals like you.
Yes, it does. As cliche as it may sound – change starts with you. Below are 4 steps you can take advance health equity within the system you’re working in or with.
I am often tapped to speak and disability awareness, ableism, the intersection between disability and sexuality, ableist microaggressions and other such important (and I think, exciting) topics. One big piece of speaking to able-bodied/neurotypical people about these issues is discussing how to make the education and workshops that THEY offer to their communities and clients more accessible overall. Given how popular this topic is, are a few quick and easy tips to be aware of about when writing/talking/presenting.
There are many reasons someone might want to hire us here at Kattari Consulting – here are just a few suggestions!
1. You (and your practice/organization/community/school) want to be proactive in offering a more inclusive environment for your clients/employees/community/students, and are ready to start or continue that conversation.
2. You have read some of the publications Leo and Shanna have authored around the experiences of trans people, disabled people, people of color, LGBQA people, and others, and want to learn from their experience. Perhaps by conducting research of your own, or by putting better practices into place to reduce these experiences of discrimination.