Meet Amikaeyla Gaston, Racial Equity & Diversity Workshop Facilitator

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 31, 2015

Today we'll be profiling another one of our amazing facilitators, Amikaeyla Gaston.

A talented performer who has traveled the world using art and expression to promote healing, Ami describes herself as "a force for change." Her use of meditation and music is a perfect match for the creative diversity workshop activities she uses to engage participants and spur community building among them. Beyond that, she is highly in tune with the dynamics of the group.

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Topics: Diversity Workshop, Amikaeyla Gaston

Why Do "Good" White Women Fear Conversation about Race & Diversity?

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 27, 2015

Aimee Reeder, a white women and newest member of the World Trust staff team, shared these insights after watching the World Trust film, Light in the Shadows.

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Topics: Diversity Training Film Selection, White Privilege, talk about race, Resources for Facilitators & Educators

Meet Tammy Johnson, Equity & Diversity Workshop Facilitator

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 22, 2015

This week we'd like you to learn a bit more about Tammy Johnson, another of the great new diversity workshop facilitators here at World Trust.

Tammy has been a dedicated civil rights activist her entire life, inspired by the civil rights work of her family in Tennessee. She is recognized for her knowledge of equitable public policy practices. She also dances in the Oakland, California-based dance performance duo, Raks Africa.

World Trust Founder Shakti Butler adds: "Tammy's expertise comes from years of cross cultural engagement, leadership and movement building. She spent a decade advancing racial equity at Race Forward in several capacities -- as a trainer, writer, and public speaker. World Trust has collaborated with Race Forward over the years, and I have tremendous respect for her work challenging structural racism. I also love the fact that Tammy is a dancer.  Artists bring a level of creativity and presence that is so valuable in equity & diversity education."

What Clients Have to Say

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Engaging the Tech Sector in Racial Equity & Diversity Training

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 20, 2015

We’ve written before about how Google and others in the tech sector have begun to see the value of racial equity education, and we are pleased to have an opportunity to directly support this evolution. Kalimah Priforce, CEO of Qeyno Labs in Oakland, California has asked World Trust to host a racial equity training session early next month for technologists from companies, such as Google, and Pandora, who will mentor youths through his Hackathon program.

The Importance of Diversity Activities in the Technology Sector

Priforce explains that techies live in a digital universe,

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Topics: Diversity Workshop, Tech

World Trust Tribute to MLK: In the Name of Love

Posted by Shakti Butler

January 17, 2015


From Shakti Butler, Founder of World Trust:
We at World Trust join you in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man and his legacy. In 1967, Dr. King gave a speech in which he asked, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?"

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Topics: system of inequity,, Diversity Workshop, community building

Bring Authenticity to Diversity Initiatives

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 15, 2015

Shakti Butler and World Trust were able to play an important role in the education component of UMASS's response to a racist incident on campus.  Shakti also supported stakeholders as they prepared to write a strategic plan for their diversity initiative. Shelley Perdomo, with the Center for Multicultural Advancement, met Butler at the 2014 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in May and had already invited her to host diversity activities at UMASS. "Shakti is so gifted at inviting people to conversation," Perdomo says. "She allows them to be courageous, to ask authentic questions and be more self-reflective." 

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Topics: diversity initiative

Racist incidents will happen. Plan & build relationships now.

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 13, 2015

Unlike some campuses, which may try to push racism to the back burner, hoping against hope that things will go smoothly, Vice Chancellor Enku Gelaye of UMASS Amherst is more pragmatic: "This is our world --- racist incidents will happen. If we're not building relationships consistently, when something happens you have a mish-mash approach that is not authentic."

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Topics: Higher Ed,, shakti butler,, Diversity Workshop, responding to a racist incident

Police Chief John Horvath on Responding to Racist Incidents on Campus

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 8, 2015

In November of 2014, Shakti Butler led diversity activities and workshops with several different groups at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, including the upper command staff of the campus police department. This occurred during the school’s crisis response to a disturbing racial incident on campus. Several students of color had threatening graffiti painted on their dorm room doors, and the mood following these hateful acts was tense and full of pain.

We were particularly impressed with how the campus police dealt with the incident. UMASS Police Chief John Horvath was kind enough to give World Trust a few moments of his time to explain his leadership approach, which is a model for how other campus police departments might handle racial conflict in their communities.

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Topics: responding to a racist incident

Meet Linda Handy: Diversity Workshop Facilitator

Posted by Lisa Abbott

January 6, 2015

World Trust is delighted to have several new diversity workshop facilitators on board. In order to introduce them to our community and let you get to know them a bit better, we'll be featuring profiles of each of them on our blog.

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Topics: Diversity Workshop

Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Lisa Abbott

December 30, 2014

The World Trust blog was launched in 2014. These posts were the most viewed and shared this year. Did you miss any of them? Here is your chance to click and read:

#1 Being White is Okay. Ignoring Racism is Not Okay.
About a dynamic that shuts down critical thinking during diversity activities and workshops -- and amid our national response to current protests against institutionalized racism. We could have titled this one "Being a Policeman is Okay. Brutalizing Black Youth is Not Okay."

#2 #BlackLivesMatter? What About #AllLivesMatter?
"All lives matter" allows people to avoid thinking and talking about racism. Strategic questioning can help people contemplate their use of the phrase and open the way for productive dialogue about racial equity.

#3 3 Elements of a Successful Diversity Initiative in Appalachia: Community, Perspective & Story
Good news out of Appalachia: A multi-institutional alliance getting real about the system of racial inequity and talking about it. Thank you Reverend Ron English.

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