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Workshops and Presentations

The Color of Fear


As two of the primary cast members in The Color of Fear, Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez bring their experience of making this film to organizations working to address diversity issues.  The focus of this workshop is on race and racism in the United States.  The powerful documentary The Color of Fear highlights the struggle of individuals learning about racism and changing deeply imbedded beliefs.  Changes on an individual level are important and necessary, but what happens next?  What does it take for us as individuals and communities to sustain the change so that the very structures that perpetuate racism are dismantled?  Participants in this workshop will view The Color of Fear and participate in a discussion on how to instill long-lasting change in our society on race matters.



Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence:  Creating Conditions for Equity Across Race, Class, Gender and other Cultural Lines.

Workshop Leaders:  Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez


We live in a world where rights, access, and privileges are awarded to some while denied to others.  Neither the award nor the denial of these privileges is based upon one’s merit, but instead an elaborate system that pays special attention to race, gender, class, etc.  Although this system was established long before anyone now living was born, we are all taught/conditioned to perpetuate it.  Changing this system demands an awakening process for each and every individual.  Changing the system so that privileges and access are awarded to everyone despite the color of one’s skin, gender, or socio-economic status will only come about when individuals move from being unconscious to the conditions and become competent to transform them.  This workshop will focus on how we as individuals, members of cultural groups, and society at-large can embark on a cultural transformative process to bring about equity.



Building Coalitions Across Race and Ethnicity

Workshop Leaders:  Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis


The primary goals of this session are for participants to develop a greater understanding of the elements necessary in any group to build coalitions across race and ethnicity and to develop skills to build these coalitions.  This session will actively engage participants through a combination of interactive presentations, experiential exercises, and small/large group discussions.  Topics to be covered include:  The root causes of racial/ethnic division, the effect of internalized racism, strategies for creating and maintaining coalitions, and building a legacy of inter-ethnic alliance.



Privilege Systems

Workshop Leaders:  Victor Lewis, Peggy McIntosh and Hugh Vasquez


Peggy McIntosh’s ground-breaking writing on white privilege (White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack) is considered a classic work and is assigned reading in many university courses.  Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez, two of the primary cast members in the award-winning film The Color of Fear are nationally recognized trainers on diversity issues.  McIntosh, Lewis, and Vasquez combine decades of experience to address the issue of privilege systems.


This workshop is about systems of privilege and institutional change.  If we want to create an inclusive higher educational environment, if we want to recruit and retain culturally diverse students, then we must address privileged systems.  Current institutions operate within privilege, that is, they award unearned advantage to some to the exclusion of others.  Of the many privileged systems in society, this workshop will examine the privileged systems of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.  Participants will learn to identify privilege, understand how these systems perpetuate and identify specific ways to re-design privilege systems so that all students benefit.  Presenters will share personal stories of waking up to privilege and facilitate dialogue, introspection and interaction between the participants.  This session should particularly benefit those who are involved in policy making at the institutional level, staff involved in student recruitment and/or retention programs, those who design curricula, and those who are interested in designing systems that benefit people from all cultural backgrounds.



Save Our Ship:  We are all on the same boat

Workshop Leaders:  Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis


Conditions exist in our society and throughout the world where our very survival is at stake.  These conditions include how we treat each other based on ethnicity, gender, class, etc.  Our belief is that when it comes to societal and worldwide conditions we are all on the same boat – interconnection and interdependence is a reality -- problems that exist for some affect us all.  However, many do not recognize this interdependence because although we are all on the same boat, we are not on the same deck.  People on the top deck have amenities, access, and privileges that those on the lower decks do not have.  There is a different experience, a different reality one has depending on the deck he/she is on.  This workshop will explore our interdependence with societal and worldwide issues such as race, class, gender and look at what we must do to save our ship.



Beyond The Color of Fear

Workshop Leaders:  Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez


The focus of this workshop is on race and racism in the United States.  The powerful documentary “The Color of Fear” highlights the struggle of individuals learning about racism and changing deeply imbedded beliefs.  Changes on an individual level are important and necessary, but what happens next?  What does it take for us as individuals and communities to sustain the change so that the very structures that perpetuate racism are dismantled?  Participants in this workshop will view the award winning film “The Color of Fear” followed by a discussion on how to instill long-lasting change in our society on race matters.



For Educators:  Creating Conditions in Schools Where All Students Thrive

Workshop Leaders:  Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez


Our society is in the midst of rapid demographic changes.  The neighborhoods, schools, communities, institutions and organizations in which we live are increasingly becoming multicultural settings.   As teachers and parents, we are faced with the challenge of helping our children learn how to live well in this diverse society.  How can we teach our children to value the richness of diversity?  How can we show them how to respect and honor each individual no matter what cultural background they come from?  How can we teach them to honor their own background and take pride in their heritage?  These are but a few of the challenges teachers and parents face today.


The opportunity is to create an environment at school, at home, and in the larger community where all groups are valued.  This workshop will explore what needs to be accomplished in order to create such an environment.  A combination of didactic presentations along with experiential exercises will be utilized to help participants increase knowledge and awareness of multicultural issues, learn how to create alliances among individuals from diverse ethnic, gender, religious, class, and age backgrounds, and develop effective strategies to reduce barriers that maintain divisions between individuals and groups.