Becoming a Facilitator

Hello!

We’re so glad you’re interested in becoming a co-facilitator!

Xochi Kountz is our co-facilitator coordinator. You can read her profile on our Facilitators page. She’s the person to contact with questions about becoming a co-facilitator with White People Challenging Racism. You can contact her at xochi@xochikountz.com. Please read the rest of this before you contact her, in case your question is answered below.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Take the workshop

Becoming a co-facilitator is through interest/invite. You take the workshop and see how it works. If you’re interested, inform the folks co-facilitating the workshop you are taking. They assess whether or not they think you are ready to become a co-facilitator. Sometimes people who are in the course are asked to join as a co-facilitator.

If you are interested and have been in the workshop one time, please contact Xochi Kountz at xochi@xochikountz.com and let her know you’re interested in becoming a co-facilitator, when you were in the workshop, and who facilitated it.

2. Take the course again

If you have been invited and/or are interested, you will be expected to participate in WPCR a second time.  The second time, the co-facilitators of that session will also be assessing whether or not you are ready to become a co-facilitator.

If you are planning on taking the workshop a second time and have been invited/interested, please contact Xochi Kountz at xochi@xochikountz.com and let her know you’re interested in becoming a co-facilitator, and what session you will be taking for the second time.

3. Start co-facilitating

Once you have participated in WPCR a second time and all 4 of the co-facilitators that you have worked with agree that you’re ready, you can expect to be matched up with a seasoned co-facilitator to facilitate the workshop together.

Things to keep in mind as you move through this process:
  • Co-facilitation is done by “volunteers” who do not present themselves as “expert or professional trainers.” That being said, co-facilitators may receive a modest honorarium which is sufficient to cover costs associated with facilitating the workshop.
  • Co-facilitators are encouraged to attend at least 50% of the co-facilitator gatherings.  (The gatherings are currently one/month.)
  • Co-facilitators my be “uninvited” based on a process of review determined by the leadership team
  • There are always at least 2 co-facilitators for each course

 

Some things that the co-facilitators use to assess your readiness:
  • Understanding systemic racism in this country
  • Ability to understand your role inside this system
  • Familiarity of the ways that privilege and power intersect across “isms”
  • Being a good listener
  • Skill in drawing people out
  • Being open to feedback