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2020 Equity Webinar Series
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2020 Equity Webinar Series

 Export to Your Calendar 10/20/2020
When: Once a month
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

Online registration is available until: 12/14/2020
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All of the sessions are SOLD OUT.  To be considered if a spot opens up, or first in line if we open additional sessions, add yourself to our WAITLIST (click here).


The Equity Webinar Series includes three 2-hour long webinar courses to address racism, bias, and oppression.  Produced by the YWCA and presented by a diverse group of speakers, these webinars are designed for anyone learning to more about the impacts of racism and oppression in our society.


WHEN: One session each month (date below) from 9:30 - 11:30 AM.

WHERE: Zoom Meeting (access information will be sent prior to the meeting)


NOTE: We will NOT be recording these sessions.  An element of sharing, vulnerability, feeling safe and comfortable is important in the participation of these sessions.  For that reason, we will be respecting the privacy of those involved and not recording the sessions.


  • Anyone interested in learning more about the impacts of racism
  • Anyone invested in providing more equitable systems in parks and recreation
  • Those who are curious about equity work or want to know what "DEI" is all about
  • Open to anyone of any background, regardless of race, gender, ability, class, or creed



When you register you will be asked to select the courses you want to attend.  You can attend one, or all!  Each session is 2-hours long.

Details on how to access the webinar via Zoom will be sent out via email one week before the session.

Please read the descriptions for each session (below) to determine which you are interested in.



Member fee: $25 per session ($75 for all)

Non-member fee: $35 per session ($105 for all)






Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Our government and society weren’t created with everyone in mind. At one point, Black Diasporic people were considered ⅗ of a person. While we’ve moved away from the traditional versions of slavery, our government has created systems and processes that continue to enslave and discriminate against Black and Brown people. Examples include the criminal justice system, transportation, school districting, and the strategic placement of resource offices and social services. The media is constantly blamed for how people of color are represented, but, whether we acknowledge it or not, we collude to, and complicity design policies and systems that disproportionately benefit White people and harm people of color. When these policies and systems are assessed, the data is often used as evidence of White superiority and Black and Brown inferiority.


Jamila Aurora Dozier earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, and her Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College. She has extensive experience in equity work, strategic planning, education, social media, and web design.

In the Portland community, Jamila serves on the Human Rights Commission and volunteers her time as a crisis line domestic and sexual violence survivor advocate for Call to Safety. As a commissioner, Jamila serves as an advisory board to the City Commissioners and Mayor Ted Wheeler on a variety of human rights issues including houselessness, policing, immigration, and discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability. In all the work she does as an educator, Human Rights Commissioner, and volunteer advocate, Jamila utilizes targeted universalism, centering populations who are most marginalized and vulnerable when making decisions and providing support to individuals.

As a low-income, first-generation college and graduate student, Jamila centers her work on creating equitable access to education, food, and housing. She has facilitated a variety of trainings around implicit bias, conflict, trauma and trauma-informed interviewing, and sexual assault prevention, response, and advocacy.



Dismantling Racism

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:30 - 11:30 AM

This course presents an understanding of dynamics of institutional racism, including pre and post Civil Rights era expressions of racism, approaches to race relations such as colorblindness, and critical thinking on concepts of post-racial society. Provides an understanding of racism as it harms people of color, benefits white people, and impacts everyone. Participants become motivated to actively object to institutional and interpersonal racism, and move toward more just and ·equitable communities.

Speaker: Ruby Joy White

Radical Imaginist, Dream Weaver. Heavily experienced in the worlds of cultural curation, racial & queer equity strategy, arts administration, writing and editing, storytelling, journalism, education, youth and community engagement, event planning, training, recruiting, restorative justice/practices, organizational development, program development, transformational leadership, graphic design, public speaking, and social media. She/Prince.



Understanding Oppression

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @ 9:30 - 11:30 AM

This course provides a dynamic understanding of oppression on individual and institutional levels, explores power, privilege and prejudice, and offers concrete skills in interrupting oppression. Can also specifically address effects of oppression on women, people of color, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, people experiencing homelessness, and otherwise marginalized communities.

Speaker: Tamara Lash

Tamara Lash (she/her) found her way to Oregon 7 years ago where she landed at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and quickly grew a passion for social justice work 2 years later when she walked into the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Resource Center on the OSU campus. From here she was given the opportunity to work at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Native American LongHouse Eena Haws, and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. In these spaces she dived deeper into personal identity development and what it meant to put social justice theory into practice.  She spent a year doing direct service with AmeriCorps supporting underserved youth in San Diego where she was challenged and grew in immense ways. In the Spring of 2020 she graduated from Oregon State University with her M. Ed. in College Student Services Administration. Currently, Tamara is the Social Justice Program Coordinator for the YWCA of Greater Portland.

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