Cultural change workshops begin with a discussion around leadership and how we must all define ourselves as leaders with the ability to affect positive change. We then make the link between personal leadership and positive bystander action.
Following these exercises, participants are introduced to MATE’s bystander intervention framework, and provided with a suite of options that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, can draw from to interrupt racism. This is reinforced by providing a solid understanding of ‘what lies beneath’ racism and discrimination in our culture, so that as bystanders, we can identify and challenge it. We will explore micro-aggressions, stereotypes, language and jokes, media and social commentary.
Facilitators create a safe, comfortable space for open discussion to be held while educating participants on sensitive topics that we rarely get the opportunity to discuss in a group setting.
MATE utilises scenario-based activities to ensure participants recognise problematic behaviour in varying contexts and are able to practically apply the bystander approach and framework, to real-life examples. This allows participants to explore and discuss their personal approach as a bystander compared to that of others.
This workshop will provide participants with the tools to promote positive and equal environments and contribute to the long-term cultural change we need to ensure we prevent racism for generations to come.