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Theory & Praxis: Using Ancestral Wisdom to Address Systemic Oppression

Join us for the last installment of the 2021 Statewide Learning Series!

Dates: Wednesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM (PT)

In this final part of the series, founders of Ehecatl Wind Philosophy, Gabriel Orosco and Veronica Valadez, will build upon the knowledge shared in previous sessions to analyze and identify how white supremacy, generational poverty, and trauma are perpetuated and maintained at the individual and systemic levels. This interactive 2-part workshop will guide participants in using ancestral wisdom and decolonial frameworks to identify root causes of systemic oppression and trauma in order to best address the needs of agencies and the children and families they serve.

Please note that these sessions will not be recorded as there will be small and large group discussion throughout both sessions.  

To maximize your learning experience, we ask that you listen to Parts 1-3 of this Learning Series: an audio article, a two-episode podcast, and a recorded webinar, which can be found HERE

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  (This workshop is currently full, however you can register and will be added to the wait list, should a spot open up we will contact you right away).

Presenter Bios: 

Veronica X. Valadez, co-founder of EWP, is a scholar, educator, community organizer, visual artist, and traditional Aztec dancer of over 20 years. Veronica holds a BA and an MA in Chicana/o Studies, and is grounded in Mesoamerican ancestral wisdom. She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice. Veronica was a dual-immersion teacher for 14 years and is currently an instructor of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands and an instructor of Ethnic Studies for K-12 educators at UC Riverside. She is very skilled at facilitating impactful and transformative workshops for educators, non-profit organizations, and service providers that promote social justice and equity through the use of decolonial frameworks to analyze and disrupt structural oppression. Veronica also serves as a board member for MICOP – Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project in Oxnard, California.

Gabriel A. Orosco was a school board member of the El Rancho Unified School District, the first district to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in California. Gabriel holds a BS in Business from USC, as well as an MA in Education. He is currently working on his Ed. Doctorate in the area of Social Justice. He has been in the field of education as a general ed. and special ed. instructor, administrator, advisor, and policy maker for over 25 years. He is a traditional Aztec dancer of over 20 years and is passionate about cultural diversity, respect for all people, culturally responsive curriculum, and Ethnic Studies. As a high school drop-out who overcame institutional barriers, Gabriel has a unique perspective of systemic inequalities within the education system.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • identify and analyze the role of White supremacy and White saviorism and how they are embedded in different sectors of society.
  • reflect, discuss, and explain on allyship vs accompliceship, non-racist vs anti-racist, empowerment, power dynamics of the workplace, and ways in which we may be complicit in upholding White supremacist culture.
  • apply learning towards identifying root causes of the issues their clients may be experiencing by completing a root-cause analysis.
  • utilize a root cause framework to develop strategies for creating a more inclusive and culturally relevant workplace culture.

DAY 1 BRIEF AGENDA (9:00 am-12:00 pm):
8:50-9:00 am          Morning coffee
9:00-9:55 am          Land Acknowledgement
                               Check-in, VTS
                               Culture, Dominant Culture and Systemic Oppression
                               Four I’s of Oppression
9:55-10:00 am        5 minute break
10:00-11:10 am      Characteristics of White Supremacy
                               Implicit Bias, Identity Map, Non-Racist vs Anti-Racist
                               Ally vs Accomplice
11:10-11:15 am      5 minute break
11:15-11:50 am      One Stitch Closer dialogue
                               Making Connections, Getting to the Root of it
                               Breakout rooms
11:50-12:00 pm      HW, moving from Ally to Accomplice
DAY 2 BRIEF AGENDA (9:00 am-12:00 pm):
8:50-9:00 am         Morning coffee
9:00-9:55 am         Land Acknowledgement
                              Objectives & Norms
                              Check-in, VTS
                              Root Cause Analysis - Sample & Instructions
9:55-10:00 am       5 minute break
10:00-11:10 am     Making Connections, Getting to the Root of it
                              Root Cause Analysis - Break out in teams
11:10-11:15 am     5 minute break
11:15-11:50 am     Cross Collaboration, share & dialogue
11:50 -12:00 pm    Closing

*You must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of participation. 

Continuing Education Units: Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for MFTs / LCSWs (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. You must attend both sessions to obtain CEUs. Participants may apply for CEUs after the webinar for a fee of $. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Emma Edwards at

Produced by the CATTA Center, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch, made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act.

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