Decoding Whiteness

Decoding Whiteness: Racial Justice for a Re-imagined World

The Decoding Whiteness: Racial Justice for a Re-imagined World cohort provides a critical opportunity for white people to deepen their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and learn how to embody that work in everyday life in multiple contexts.

The prominent opportunity in this project is community building and behavior change.  We will explore decoding whiteness as a foundational move toward more effective engagement in anti-racism practices and behaviors. This is a primer to better prepare white people to engage in conversations with and dialogue supporting Indigenous, Black, and people of color. We will build capacity to work together toward shared goals for a more livable and just society and environmental movement.

Specifically, the goals of this program include:

  • Co-create a community that is committed to ongoing, daily, sometimes painful, growth.
  • Explore content from a myriad of people to deepen analysis and support a new vision.
  • Practice refining a new vision and changes in behavior and beliefs, and advocacy needed for transformation.
  • Evolve a system and thinking of abundance and reciprocity.
  • Make tangible commitments to learning about, understanding, and practicing decolonized behavior, decoding whiteness, and engaging in regular anti-racism actions.
  • Action planning focused on racial equity and justice.

Please join us.

The program will start Tuesday, October 14th and culminating on Tuesday, December 16th 2020, consisting of sessions that take place on Zoom. The facilitated sessions will include: relationship and community building, skills to lead change within ourselves and our communities, examination of whiteness and white supremacy culture through understanding how environmental and racial history affect our lives and interactions today, and tools to develop action-based solutions at the individual, organizational, and movement-wide levels. Each participant will leave with an action plan, skills and tools.

Applying for this cohort means you commit to:

  • Attend all sessions and check-in meetings
  • Fully engage, participate and co-create the experience of the cohort
  • Move anti-racism forward in your sphere of influence.
  • Work through difficult and uncomfortable conversations
  • Explore the various layers of inclusion, diversity and equity on personal, interpersonal/group and organizational/systems levels.

Important Program Dates:

Course Scheduled Zoom Sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 14th 11:00am – 12:30pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Thursday, October 15th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Wednesday, October 21st 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Thursday, October 22nd 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Wednesday October 28th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time

Coaching sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 11th 1:00pm- 2:00pm Pacific Time
  • Tuesday December 2nd 1:00- 2:00pm Pacific Time
  • Tuesday December 16th 1:00- 2:00pm Pacific Time

Session topics include:

Community Building; Co-creating a safer, braver space; Foundations and roles for white people in Anti-Racism work; Articulation of your racial equity analysis; What’s culture got to do with it; Emotional Intelligence for white anti-racists; Construction of institutional racism and how institutional racism relates to the personal and interpersonal levels; Roles of decoding and decolonizing, resistance, reconstruction; Change management (creating and sustaining change); Transformational leadership; Action planning; current state and desired state.

Program Fees:

Program tuition is $750.  Payment may be made online through the payment link below or by check. Please mail checks to Center for Diversity & the Environment 5431 NE 20th #16, Portland, OR 97211. Once payment has been received, online or check, an email will be sent with details to complete your registration.

There may be some partial scholarships available with demonstrated need. Please reach out to Jody Van Riper at

Fees are non-refundable within 2 weeks of course start. All payments within the refund period will be returned minus $100 admin fee.

How to Register:

Registration will be limited to the first 20 participants who sign up. Additional names will be added to a wait list. Please submit any questions to Tanya Pluth at

Registration and Payment Link:

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