2010 Gathering

Intensive Leadership Facilitation Training (ILFT)

Wednesday, September 7th – Thursday, September 8th 2010

Designed to build a community of leaders and provide intensive training and dialogue for participants to facilitate anti-racist food justice trainings in their own regions/communities. We use the title Facilitator instead of Organizer very intentionally, and will discuss the long term development process that anti-racism work requires and the need for leadership development and empowerment. Another goal of ILFT is to build regional GFJI “network chapters” that we call a LEG or Local Empowerment Group. LEGs create spaces for others who are dedicated to facilitating change, to connect and develop a supportive local and national/international community to exchange ideas, strategies and continue training in anti-racism to specifically address how achieving food justice can lead to the end of systemic and institutional racism.

Participants will experience: a series of farming activities that explore how to build a just food system, identify barriers to achieving justice and equity, historical challenges and community building at Growing Power’s Community Food Center. This will be followed with a day of two tracks to process the experience and delve into dialogues and interpersonal learning of anti-racism principles and strategies, including an opportunity to caucus in the evening.

We will explore:

  1. examples of institutional and structural racism and how it operates,
  2. practical applications of facilitating change and becoming a change agent, including some personal identification to understand the kind of facilitator you are?
  3. opportunity to explore individual role in the anti-racism process of your work with the opportunity to strategize with others to develop an action plan for next steps that can be put into motion upon your return to home.

Day 1: Growing Power’s Community Food Center: Please come prepared to get your hands dirty! Leave your dress shoes at home and wear your farmer duds. Bring work shoes and layers of clothing – the greenhouses are very warm and it can be cool outside.

We will learn what it takes to build a just community food system, with a series of activities and role playing that will challenge our perceptions and will serve as a springboard for discussions Day 2.

Day 2: Tommy Thompson Youth Center: Dress comfortably, bring a hoodie or shawl as it can be chilly with the A/C. We will break into two discussion groups.

Group one will explore a deeper understanding of how racism and other forms of oppression express themselves in our society and food system work, including the following terms:

  • White Privilege
  • Race
  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • White Supremacy
  • Cycles of Oppression

Group two will briefly touch on the shared ideology of the terms listed above, and will then work on strategies to begin healing work and developing action plans.

Group two is for advanced practicioners who have taken anti-racism trainings in the past. Please note if you have only had diversity training we will recommend Group one, both groups will explore the previous day’s activity, but in different ways.

Day 2 will culminate with all ILFT participants in an open dialogue and sharing and the opportunity for evening caucuses for people of color and white folks. We recommend all participate if able in the evening activities both nights.