TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2023
1:00–2:30pm ET | 10:00–11:30am PT

Understanding Intersectionality in Relation to Racial Equity

As the Levitt network heads into summer concert season across the country, we invite you to pause and join your Levitt peers for a 90-minute virtual workshop to reflect upon and work towards a greater understanding of intersectionality and how it connects with equity. Essential to the Levitt network’s collective efforts to strengthen the social fabric of our communities, understanding the system of racial inequity and its various components is key to disrupting it—an important part of creating communities where people can live safely and thrive together.

The framework of intersectionality allows us to dive deeper into complex forms of discrimination and marginalization. Race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability(ies) all influence how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. As we examine the many overlapping aspects of oppression and privilege, we will learn ways that history, culture, and identity affect how folks move through the world, reflect on their own identity(ies)–especially in relation to others–and discuss challenges involved in recognizing these embedded elements and disrupting the status quo.

This workshop will include breakout groups focused on building trust and practicing talking about race, as well as other techniques to help us embody the learnings, and thus truly embrace and integrate them.

We invite you to extend this invitation to others in your organization and those engaged in the many aspects of bringing your concert series to life.

Please see below for speaker biography.

 

Amikaeyla Gaston, Co-Executive Director of World Trust, is a performer, public keynote speaker, educator, and author. She unlocked her self-expression while recovering from a near fatal hate crime, and now travels the world extensively as a cultural arts ambassador for the State Department, bringing together artists and healers to promote healing and wellness through the arts and activism. Her international program of public dialogue allows those from different traditions and nationalities to gather and address issues concerning communities at large, and has been utilized by the Department of Health & Human Services, USAID, The American Psychological Association, SAMHSA, and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

World Trust  is a 25-year old nonprofit organization, based in Oakland, California focused on building social and racial equity. They produce films, curricula, workshops and trainings. Their work utilizes radical imagination and creative inquiry, and taps into the deep human connection we all share, with the intention to catalyze critical thinking, self-inquiry, transformative learning, healing and ultimately, change.