The Radical Hospitality Toolkit (How to Be an Ally): Bridging Social Capital in the Workplace

3-hour Seminars

Day 1

Session Code: SEM-I
When: April 16, 2019
Location/Room: M 100 I
Level: Intermediate
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenters: Marnita Schroedl, Marnita’s Table, Inc.  |  Sammie Ardito Rivera, Marnita’s Table, Inc.  |  Elexis Trinity Williams, Marnita’s Table, Inc.


What does it mean to move from a transactional “diversity and inclusion” frame toward a transformational practice of radical inclusion? How can we collaborate across difference—including political partisanship, class, and social perspectives—in order to achieve measurable policy changes from within professional, nonprofit, government, and commerce sectors?

Join the Marnita’s Table team over a tasty meal for a deep-dive conversation and practice session offering actionable tools and techniques to help you “move the dial” on social equity issues by building a culture of radical hospitality, even where personal and political starting points are different.

In this interactive, engaged-learning seminar, we will introduce core skills for developing bridging social capital across a range of settings in order to more effectively collaborate across difference, and implement strategies for moving from nominal D&I goals to an embodied practice of welcome and inclusion. Marnita’s Table leverages an innovative, peer-to-peer community engagement and participatory research model (Intentional Social Interaction) based in the organizational science of experience engineering that offers actionable tools and techniques to shift teams, organizations, and community members toward a culture of equity—using a bottom-up, strategic set of approaches including tested mechanisms for combatting implicit bias and micro-aggressions in the workplace.

Together, we will explore emergent strategies for moving beyond “diversity and inclusion,” toward an office culture where difference is authentically embraced and where diversity functions as a collective asset rather than an obstacle to be overcome.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn and practice techniques for recognizing and addressing implicit bias without shaming
  2. Explore approaches to addressing micro-aggressions when witnessed in the workplace (how to be an ally)
  3. Discuss creative, collaborative strategies for achieving a cultural shift toward equity

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