August 11 Virtual Conversations

We're hosting two virtual conversations for people living anywhere in Oregon on Tuesday, August 11. These conversations will take place via Zoom from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PDT.

Race and Adoption

Facilitated by Astrid Castro - RSVP for this conversation

The decision to adopt across racial or cultural lines is a lifelong commitment to exploring matters of race and identity, confronting racism in all its forms, and developing new skills and perspectives. In this conversation, facilitator Astrid Castro will ask participants to explore questions such as, What role do race and racism play in your family? What are the personal experiences that inform how you talk to adopted children in your life about where they are from? Where do you need to grow to be the best resource you can be for children who are adopted? This conversation is for people who are in the adoption constellation: adoptees, parents (adoptive, pre-adoptive, foster, first/birth parents), and folks in close proximity to someone in the adoption world. We will have time to share in these affinity groups throughout the conversation. RSVP for this conversation.

Astrid Castro is Director/Founder of Adoption Mosaic, a Portland-based organization dedicated to providing space where the adoption community feels valued, heard, understood, and accepted as full members of their family and society. Astrid has traveled the country for nearly thirty years years leading and presenting groups, talks, and workshops on adoption and race. Astrid coauthored Adoption in the Movies, developed an innovative evidence-based training DVD, Adoptive Parent Training, and was a contributing author for the book Parents As Adoptees. Her personal experiences as an adoptee, as a woman of color, and of growing up in a white family and community fuel her professional path to helping others.

Awakening White: White People Helping Each Other to Understand and Interrupt Racism

Facilitated by Emily Drew - RSVP for this conversation

Amid today’s social uprisings, many white people have become acutely aware that racism shapes our communities in Oregon and beyond. Many of us have also begun realizing how poorly our experiences have equipped us make sense of these times, and we have many questions. Join Emily Drew in a conversation that asks, How can we who are white show up as more effective and less damaging participants in struggles to interrupt racism in our community? How can white people engage in efforts to dismantle racism in ways that do not reproduce or place unfair burdens upon people of color to be our teachers? This conversation is an opportunity to reflect on what it means to “do our work” as white people, which includes taking responsibility for one another, educating ourselves, and coming to view other white people as our partners—not competition—in developing antiracist identity. RSVP for this conversation

Emily Drew is an associate professor of ethnic studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, white supremacy, allyship, and social change. Her research revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. She is an organizer and facilitator with Crossroads Antiracism, where she facilitates white caucuses to interrupt our internalized racism and equips faculty to develop antiracist pedagogy.


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