I spend more time with my co-workers during the week than a lot of my family. This was a great opportunity to learn more about them on a personal level and make our “work family” even stronger. We are all people simply trying to do our best each day.
~ Erin Swedish, Career Services Coordinator, Community Kitchen
As someone with 20 years of experience in creating and delivering training programs for health care professionals, I very much appreciated the walk the talk workshop. Gaining an expanded understanding of “reverse” racism was in itself worth attending, but we got so much more in what we learned in our interactions. I came to the workshop feeling hopeless about ending racism anywhere in the U.S. I left feeling empowered, paradoxically. I realized that no matter how liberal and progressive I thought I was, the racist aspects of our history and culture are deeply embedded in my automatic thinking and sense of self. I did not choose to be this way, but I still must face it. I have a lot of work to do.
~ Thanking you from the bottom of my heart, Mary Zuccaro
This workshop made me think about the experience we all have as coworkers and humans. I really feel people were able to share their truths and get honest. This is the first step toward working away from anti-oppression.
~ Participant from Community Kitchen – Anti-Oppression and Microaggression Workshop
I participated in the Challenging Racism (Walk the Talk) workshop with Etta and Yvette at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. The workshop allowed us to tackle the issue of racism within the meeting as a community and gave us an opportunity to voice our feelings, experiences and observations in a supportive atmosphere. The facilitators demonstrated compassion, understanding and knowledge that enabled the group to work through issues and to come up with actions and plans for addressing our concerns and issues.
~Sam Milford, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting