I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for white women arts leaders to deepen their racial equity practice through an impactful training this fall. The 4-part series 'White Women & Accountability" is described in detail below. It is created and led by TCG Board member Merrique Jenson and co-facilitated by Mica Cole. I plan to participate myself, and I hope to see some of you in the trainings. Please read on for more information and feel free to share with others.
To participate and reserve your spot in this initial learning space, please email Merrique Jenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest.
White Women & Accountability: A Training, Learning & Coaching Series on Racial Equity, Power, Personal Growth & Leadership
Co-Facilitated by Mica Cole & Merrique Jenson
Training Created by Merrique Jenson
Join us for our second year offering this leadership & accountability series.
Virtually join a cohort of white women in leadership who serve as business owners, executive leadership, entrepreneurs, and board members for a deep-dive learning series on racial equity, accountability, and anti-racism in business practices.
Initial kick-off session led by Merrique Jenson on Monday, October 11th from 6:30-9pm CST, followed by three monthly consecutive sessions led by both Mica Cole & Merrique Jenson on the second Tuesdays of the month (October 12th, November 9, December 14) from 6:30-9 pm CST.
All trainings will be hosted on Zoom. Prep work, homework & action will be asked of participants to work on after each training.
$750 Registration for the 4-month series.
Certificate of Learning (non CEU certified credits) available at the end of the series.
A limited number of $500 scholarships at reduced cost available. Reach out for more info.
NOTE: This series works best if you have a "buddy" or peer within your workplace or field of expertise that you can touch base with and do some of the continued reflection and analysis prior to trainings. Different things will come up, and there will be a variety of challenges presented to participants for self-reflection and growth.
To participate and reserve your spot in this initial learning space, please email Merrique Jenson
(email@example.com) to express your interest and/or submit payment of the $750 registration fee via Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Merrique Jenson (she/her/hers) is a transgender, queer, second-generation multiracial woman of color who is of White and Mexican heritage. She is the Director of SocialScope Productions focused on multimedia artistic programs, equity development, and intersectional professional development coaching. Merrique's multimedia projects have been nationally recognized and she has served as an advisor on LGBTQ and racial equity intersectional issues for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Coterie Theatre, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and About Face Theatre. She also serves as the Director for Transformations, a trans and gender-expansive youth organization based in Kansas City. She has been working in the fields of harm reduction and anti-violence advocacy and helped create multiple LGBTQ youth drop-in programs in the Midwest. Merrique is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker, published author, and contributing blogger for The Advocate, Out Magazine & HuffPost. Her artistic work has been recognized by the Association for Queer Anthropology. Merrique is a Kansas City Rocket Grants full-project award winner, has delivered keynotes for Yale University, Southern Oregon University, Northwestern University, headlined Seattle Pride and Houston Pride, and has been featured as a guest on The Oprah Show.
MICA COLE (she/her) is a cisgender, straight, Black woman and independent theatre producer, administrator, and activist from the Southside of Chicago. Mica has been involved with the professional arts and theatre world for 20 years. Her executive leadership experience includes equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, strategic planning and organizational development. Prior to producing independently, she was the Repertory Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she oversaw more than 70 productions over 7 seasons. Mica worked in Chicago as the Executive Director of Free Street Theater for five seasons from 2009-2012. Other Chicago ventures include collaborations with various cultural organizations such as Writers’ Theatre, Teatro Luna, MPAACT and Collaboration. She is a founding member of the Black Theatre Commons and a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.