Workshops

Identity, Power & Integral Change

Workshop in Consciousness-in-Action

In facing the serious issues of our day, many of us intently work for social and economic empowerment, for racial and environmental justice, or for broad political and institutional change. Meanwhile, many among us focus our change efforts on personal growth, loving relationships and spiritual development as we seek a greater sense of purpose and deeper connection with others. Undoubtedly, and fortunately, we all aspire to a better life and a better world.

Aware that “the personal is political” and “the political is personal,” just how do we go about creating the kind of shift of perspective —and transformation of self, culture and society— that this historical moment seems to demand? What processes can we —must we— actually engage to guide our actions toward our visions, our desired future?

Identity, Power & Integral Change is a two-day workshop in which we will introduce key concepts, principles, and processes of consciousness-in-action, an integral approach to personal change, social justice and cultural transformation. Drawing from years of research, contemplative practice, and work in communities-of-struggle, the workshop presents a process to transform the quality of our lives and the effectiveness of our work toward integral change. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Consider a practical framework to integral well-being and development.
  • Examine social group identities as core aspects of “self” and “other” within dominant culture.
  • Analyze how racism, sexism and other power dynamics are major hindrances and obstacles to everyone’s integral well-being and development.
  • Explore the power of reflective response as integral transformative practice.
  • Consider how empathy and compassion are necessary, yet insufficient, in our relational development for integral transformative leadership.

This workshop is found to be most useful to helping professionals, community organizers, social justice and spiritual activists, cultural workers, organizational leaders, students, educators and others engaged in personal growth, professional development and social change.


 Latino Challenges Toward Racial Justice

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This two-day workshop is for people who work with and in Latino communities. It is designed to engage participants in a critical analysis of racism and the negative impact it has on the local community and Latino communities across the US. Most importantly, this workshop seeks to bring together Latinos and Latinas with other People of Color and whites to work to eliminate racial disparities in our institutions, generate positive outcomes in our communities and create racial equity throughout our society.

In this workshop, we examine race and racism, and explore the relationship between institutional racism, cultural racism, classism and other forms of oppression. We look through history at how people of Latin American origin have been racialized and our place currently within the United States. We examine how our educational, health care and other systems disproportionately impact Latinos and Latinas today. Additionally, we take a close look at the current process in the US to, once again, redefine racial categories and the devastating effects this process will have on Latinos and on this country’s long-term efforts toward racial equity if not interrupted now.

Among the topics addressed:

  • Race and Racism: from the Spanish colonial castas system to the racial construct in the US today.
  • The Cyclone of Oppression: Dynamics and Impacts of Cultural, Institutional, Interpersonal and Internalized Racism.
  • Latino? Hispanic? Identity and Demography in a Race-Based Society.
  • Black, Brown and Light: Latinos and the Ever-Changing Political Nature of “Race”.
  • La cultura cura: The Healing Power of Culture.
  • ¡Pa’lante, unidos! Organizing Together Across Racial Lines.

The workshop is lead by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and María I. Reinat-Pumarejo, Latino community educators and antiracism organizers for over 25 years. In their work throughout the United States, in Puerto Rico, and internationally, they apply the principles and practices of consciousness-in-action, antiracism organizing, and integral transformative leadership. Together, they established the Institute for Latino Empowerment in Northampton, MA, began the Undoing Racism Organizing Committee in western Massachusetts, and are founding members of Ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action in Puerto Rico.


Retos en la lucha por la justicia racial: Taller para latinos y latinas

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Retos en la lucha por la justicia racial es un taller de dos días para personas que viven y trabajan en comunidades latinas en los Estados Unidos. Está diseñando para envolver a sus participantes en un análisis crítico del racismo y su efecto negativo en nuestras comunidades. Su propósito principal es de fomentar la participación ciudadana y crear enlaces dentro de la comunidad latina, con otros grupos racialmente oprimidos y con personas blancas similarmente comprometidas con la creación de una sociedad donde realmente exista la justicia social y la equidad racial.

En el taller examinaremos raza y el racismo y exploraremos su relación entre diferentes formas y manifestaciones de exclusión, explotación y opresión en esta sociedad que afectan nuestras comunidades latinas. Miraremos como históricamente las personas de origen latinoamericano hemos sido racializadas tanto en nuestros países como en los Estados Unidos. Examinaremos como las instituciones y los sistemas, tales como el educativo, de salud, servicios sociales e inmigración, nos impactan desproporcionalmente y de forma negativa. Además, consideraremos como es que en los EEUU nuevamente se están reconfigurando las categorías raciales y los efectos devastadores que esto habría de tener para nuestras familias y comunidades y para la lucha antirracista y de equidad racial — de no interrumpirse ese proceso ahora.

Entre los temas a considerarse se encuentran:

  • Raza, cultura, nacionalidad y otros aspectos de nuestra identidad latina.
  • Raza y el racismo: Desde las castas españolas hasta la racialización de los latinos/as en los EEUU hoy día.
  • El ciclón de la opresión: el racismo institucional, cultural e internalizado.
  • Latinos. “Hispanics.” ¿Parte de una nueva mayoría…o asimilados a una antigua?
  • La cultura cura: El poder sanador de nuestra herencia cultural.
  • ¡Pa’lante, unidos! Organizando juntos en la lucha interracial hacia la justicia social.

El taller es facilitado por Raúl Quiñones-Rosado, PhD, y María I. Reinat-PumarejoMEd, organizadores comunitarios y educadores antirracistas con sobre 25 años de experiencia. A través de su larga trayectoria por los EEUU, Puerto Rico e internacionalmente ambos aplican los principios y fundamentos de la conciencia-en-acción, la organización comunitaria antirracista y el liderazgo transformativo integral. María es fundadora y directora de Colectivo Ilé y es entrenadora con The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond en Nuevas Orleans. Es co-autora del libro, Arrancando mitos de raíz: Guía para la enseñanza antirracista de la herencia africana en Puerto Rico, dirigido a maestros/as de escuela primaria. Raúl preside cambio-Integral, y fue director ejecutivo de Casa Latina en Northampton, MA. Es entrenador con The People’s Institute y con Racial Equity Institute en Carolina del Norte. Es autor del libro, Conciencia-en-acción: Hacia una psicología integral de liberación y transformación y ofrece cursos sobre este enface y práctica. También ofrece coaching individual.


Talks & Presentations

Dr. Quiñones-Rosado is available for talks and presentations on the basic principles and concepts of integral liberating transformation, as well as on aspects of Latino identity and leadership, racial identity development, social identity development, antiracism organizing, and liberation psychology.