Workshops


In our lives, we face many challenges. But for women of color and other marginalized communities, these challenges can be deeply felt and painful. The Melanin Collective was founded to address these pains and build a community that confronts and addresses systematic racism and bigotry head-on, while giving you the tools you need to move forward in all aspects of your life.

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"I keep too much energy in my mind and body. Your workshops reminded me to be healthier and kinder to myself. "

Workshop Participant

We accomplish this by providing educational resources and workshops on issues including self-development, financial management, overcoming workplace stresses, sexual and reproductive health, relationships and dating, and more that are uniquely tailored to the experiences of women of color.

We use evidence-based practice to guide our workshops. We value our own experiences as much as the science available, and will do our best to provide balanced, informed education.

 

Women of Color Retreat: The Relationship with Ourselves and Others

May 12, 2018
Los Angeles, California

In our lives, we face many challenges. But for women of color and other marginalized communities, these challenges can be deeply felt and painful. The Melanin Collective was founded to address these pains and build a community that confronts and tackles systematic racism and bigotry head-on while giving you the tools you need to move forward in all aspects of your life.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify and question whether this is your voice or an outside voice

  • Recognize how you are holding yourself back with negative internal self-talk

  • Practice awareness of your self-talk patterns and work towards becoming your true self

  • Develop strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with the negative messages around WoC and oppressive environments

  • Manifest the relationships and experiences you want to have in your life

We’re creating a space for WoC to come together, reflect, and evaluate what makes us unique and powerful.


Creating Transformational Inter-Racial Relationships

June 9, 2018

Working with white people who are in denial of the historical oppression of people of color is tiring enough. What is exhausting is the division between people of color and what seems like the need to fight for last place. Does it really matter what ethnic group is being oppressed at the moment, when who's in last place could change tomorrow?

Why are we fighting against each other when the bigger issue is systemic oppression and racism?!?

In order to survive in America today, minority groups are building spaces to come together and feel supported, seen, and appreciated. While I value those spaces, as well as #blackgirlmagic and #latinarebels, we are stronger in numbers when we come together and can create an unstoppable force to be reckoned with!

In this workshop, we will analyze impact power and privilege have in our communities of color. We will discuss ways we show up in our workplaces, in organizing spaces, and at home (with that one aunty who only likes to claim her Spanish ancestry no matter how much melanin runs through her veins!). Together, we will come up with strategies and solutions to engage WoC inside and outside your ethnic/racial groups in order to build supportive communities.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Unpack the impact and harmulf effects of racism and colorism
  • Examine your own biases, prejudices, and privilege
  • Discern what strategies and solutions you need to engage and motivate WoC and
  • Build community in the most stressful of situations

Our Relationship with Ourselves: Why Can We Do for Others What We Don't Do for Ourselves?

July 7, 2018

The workplace can be an aggressive place for women of color. We’re constant overachievers, excelling and shattering stereotypes and pipelines designed to “keep us in our place.” But still, we have barriers to overcome.

Some of us go above-and-beyond through sheer force and sacrifice but haven’t found a place that feels like home. Others have snagged the “dream job,” only to find it riddled with inefficiencies or problematic practices. Still, others face outright racism, bigotry, and abuse, but don’t leave because these jobs are our livelihood.

These scenarios leave you with two choices: shut up and take it OR speak out and become a target. Both circumstances leave you questioning your sanity because we have been trained to work hard, fight, and to bend ourselves backward in the name of achievement. But before you burn out or make yourself sick from going above and beyond: let's take a breath, reflect, and stop to remind ourselves of who we are, what is our real value, and why we are here.

In Our Relationship with Ourselves, we will unravel your mind, body, and spirit. We will work to identify your skills, your strengths, and your passions. You are worthy of your best effort and you can be free!

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Create a plan for fulfillment
  • Discuss ways to deal with difficult situations in toxic environments
  • Leave The MC with a confident head on your shoulders and the knowledge and understanding that you have choice and the ability to take back your future
  • Discern what works for you and what you need to leave behind

Past Workshops

Self-Oppression: Who We Really Are, versus Who We've Been Told We Are

The Melanin Collective seeks to dive into our internal self-talk and self-worth. Women of marginalized communities are bombarded with images, stereotypes, and ridiculous expectations for who we should be or should aspire to be. Join us for a discussion and a training on self-oppression. Learn how are you holding yourself back, and how can you become aware of your patterns become your true self!

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify and question whether this is your voice or an outside voice
  • Identify your weakness and strengths to deal with an oppressive environment
  • Develop strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with the negative messages around WoC
  • Distance yourself from the current oppressive climate and learn to be kind to yourself
  • Create a space to reflect and evaluate what makes us unique and powerful