White people are racist.  Despite our efforts, racism is ingrained in us from birth and enforced in our thinking and behavior throughout our lives.  If you are ready to try some new ideas and strategies to uncover and uproot the racism in your thinking and behavior I would love to have you  join our private Facebook community and register for the next 6 week unlearning everyday racism course.  I can’t wait to meet you!

 Book a 15 minute phone call with me

My journey into unlearning racism started when I escaped bullying and isolation at my neighborhood elementary school by applying to a magnet school that bussed white kids to the Black middle school.  The program included a lot of education on racism in history.  I vividly remember sitting in the auditorium watching film from the Holocaust and waking up to the horrors of systemic and institutional oppression.

After years of  learning about historic and systemic racism, at age 23 I attended a workshop that woke me up to my own racism, to the ways I was causing harm to people of color unintentionally and thoughtlessly every day.  As you know, this is a very uncomfortable place to be and I began studying, reading, attending workshops and digging for ways to learn about the roots of my racism so that I could start pulling them up. I wasn’t finding it easy. I left these seminars and workshops unclear about how to change my thinking or behavior.

 I realized if I was serious about uprooting racism in myself I would have to create my own method.  I started experimenting with various techniques I learned as a behavioral therapist and the focus, spiritual grounding and sense of purpose that I learned working as a hospice caregiver.  I incorporated what I learned as a project manager and director of program and policy in a government office of diversity and equity along with the everyday stories of racism experienced by the people of color in my life. I started to see real thinking and behavior changes.

Now I use what has been working for me (not saying that I am free from racism! The journey continues for our whole lives) to coach other white people. If you are a white person wanting to work on your racism and ready for some new perspective and some new strategies I would love for you to  join our private Facebook community and register for the next 6 week unlearning everyday racism course.  I can’t wait to meet you!

 Book a 15 minute phone call with me

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Start here

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After years of trainings and spending most of my career doing racial equity work, my thinking and actions still fell short. Many of my students have had the same experience:

“Despite the work I have done on my racism, my actions don’t always align with my values

“There is so much to do, and I don’t know when and how to do it or even if it should be me doing it”

“I don’t want to do stupid things, to cause harm to people of color”

“There is so much I don’t know, it’s not safe to be out in the world stumbling around until I know more”

Everyday racism is what happens when we try to change our behavior without uncovering, acknowledging and unlearning our beliefs and thoughts at their roots.

Unlearning everyday racism takes creativity, curiosity and courage. If you are a white person committed to working on racism and ready for some new strategies for unprooting racism in your thinking and behavior I invite you to join our free, private Facebook community and register for the next 6 week unlearning everyday racism course.

I can’t wait to meet you!  Book a 15 minute phone call with me!

 

To add yourself to my email list and learn more about the next course or workshop fill out the form below:

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About Me

Hi, a little bit about me:

I live in Portland Oregon and love talking about, thinking about, and working on the elimination of racism. I spend as much time as possible outdoors in the beautiful pacific northwest with my wife, my dog and sometimes one or another of my 3 sons. I love whiteboards, sticky notes, and brand new notebooks. One of the best things about working from my home office is spending all day with our dog Jake. There is a little more about my education and work background below. 

Kalissa Scopes

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EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS

  • PMP (Project Management Professional Certification), PMI
  • 2 Years Graduate Study toward PhD Health Psychology, Saybrook Graduate Institute
  • BA in Sociology, Marylhurst University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Equity in Action LLC

  • Unlearning Everyday Racism Coaching and Courses
    • 6 week course: I coach white people who are ready to move first from fear and worry to community, curiosity and exploration
    • 12 week course: I coach white people who are ready to deepen their racism work with a goal oriented individualized plan
    • Tailored workshops for organizations                                                                                 

Multnomah County Government ​Office of Diversity and Equity

  • Program and Policy Director
  • Furthering Equity and Inclusion by planning, coordinating and monitoring the progress of Multnomah County equity and inclusion projects.
  • Creating policies, practices and procedures to address gaps and to achieve new equity goals.
  • Leading large culture change efforts
  • Project Management for the Office of Diversity and Equity programs and initiatives.
  • Working with people in the community and throughout the county organization to extend and broaden diversity equity and inclusion work.

Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource

  • Program Director
  • Responsible for strategic planning, program and employment policy development
  • Management of all programs and program staff/volunteers,
  • Fiscal oversight, community relations, development and fundraising,
  • Problem solving and trouble shooting in a comprehensive service center providing services for over 200 HIV affected women, youth, and children
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Work With Me

Unlearning Everyday Racism Community 12 week Unlearning Everyday Racism course starts this Winter

If you are tired of simplistic conversations about race and have already spent time educating yourself about your own racism, this group is for you.  This is a small group (limited to 10), 12 week course that is designed for white people who are ready to make a deep dive into their own racism work, people who are ready to have complex conversations about difficult topics (for example the role of police and if and where and how the voices of white people belong in racial equity work). The group combines individual attention, community support and group learning.

The course will begin with a one-on-one meeting with me to create an in-depth personal action plan and ends with another individual meeting to create an ongoing learning and action plan.  This is an opportunity to dig for the roots of our racism.

Daily opportunities for support and resources will be available through the private facebook group. Each participant will have their own goals and desired outcomes for the course and we will practice supporting each other and holding each other accountable. We will read and think deeply together about reparations and the argument that many writers of color are making that healing from racism can’t happen without exploring this. The course meets online and once registration is closed we will come up with the best time for our regular meetings. Cost will be $300 per month.

 “Practical tools rather than theoretical understanding of ways to actually work across race in a way that genuinely centers marginalized communities”

“Intentional self-reflection and action planning. I’m excited to be part of a group that will support me in examining my own racism, the ways in which I perpetuate white supremacy, and the ways that I can actively participate in dismantling white supremacy.”

“It’s not a pat-on-the-back kind of thing, but it is more of a “this is possible, keep going, we support you through your process” kind of thing”

“I feel like my trainings are too brief and only scratching the surface. I still feel like there is knowledge to unearth that one day workshops just can’t fill.”

“I feel committed to working on my racism, but I feel like I am drowning and directionless, I need a clear, easy to follow, actionable process”

 

Winter 2019 Unlearning Everyday Racism 12 week Course –

The course will begin with a one-on-one meeting with me to create an in-depth personal action plan and ends with another individual meeting to create an ongoing learning and action plan. The 12 week group provides individualized support and coaching, networks of support and accountability, and new ways of maintaining sustainable commitment. Daily opportunities for support and resources will be available through the private facebook group. We will read and think deeply together about reparations and the argument that many writers of color are making that healing from racism can't happen without exploring this. The course meets online and once registration is closed we will come up with the best time for our regular meetings. $300 per month, your first payment holds your spot. The final two payments are due on the first of the two following months.

$300.00

Sign up to learn more about the Winter 12 week course

Unlearning Everyday Racism Community-2Unlearning Everyday Racism  6-week course

Format: A small group of white people (limited to 10) meet weekly using Zoom (a video meeting software) to learn together and practice behavior awareness and behavior change. Together we encourage each other to be aware, accountable and to be continuously learning. Each participant meets with me to assess where they are and to create personal goals for the course. 

The focus in on learning how to make our anti-racism work resiliant and focused so that life and the painful realities of the current world don’t make us ineffective or hopeless. We practice integration and action, uncovering our own racism and learning how to support each other’s growth.

Topics: Each participant works on their own goals and uses the group for accountability, support and momentum. Between sessions participants apply 5 steps for unlearning racism to a new topic using whiteness cards. Discussion takes place in the private Facebook group and during group time. Whiteness cards include how to recognize various harmful ways of thinking and behaving and activities that help us practice daily unlearning of those. Course cost is $75 per week. Registration is limited to the first 10 who sign up starting with anyone on a waiting list.

Two one-hour private consultations are included along with a private Facebook group for connection, accountability and support.

What past participants have found most helpful:

“Oh man, so much. The whiteness cards and the safe space to bring my insecurities and questions”

“Spending time in white caucus where I could ask questions and feel safe saying the wrong thing and without leaning on the emotional labor of POC”

“Being able to hear others’ stories that are similar to mine and feeling like I’m not doing this work alone, and that I have support when I’m feeling lost”

“I love the whiteness cards. I think they are succinct and helpful, and great at condensing the main points. they are great reminders and really capture the essence of what we are talking about”

Let me know when the next 6 week course opens

If you are a White person committed to working on racism I invite your to join our private Facebook community and register for the next 6 week unlearning everyday racism course.

I can’t wait to meet you!  Book a 15 minute phone call with me!

Download the guide and start exploring!

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For Organizations

 

Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders

  • Building white racial literacy
  • Improving supervision
  • Assessing and improving accountability structures and practices
  • Clarity around power dynamics, roles and responsibilities

Workplace Workshops

Group experiences tailored to your workplace are available by request. Give me your contact information and I will be in touch to schedule a call to talk over your needs and see if we are a good fit.

Schedule a 15 minute call with me

get the free guide for a taste of my approach

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