Why and How to Center Gender and Racial Equity in SEL Workshop

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Why and How to Center Gender and Racial Equity in SEL Workshop

In this professional development workshop, we’ll discuss what educators and youth workers told us their number one need right now: knowing how to center the wellness and strengthen the connections of their students right now. This workshop, focused on creating success with SEL for all students, is for educators, administrators, school counselors, CBO staff, after-school staff, and other youth-serving professionals.
Included in the training are four lessons you can use right away to nurture warm and authentic partnerships with youth and center gender and racial equity in social-emotional learning:

  • Three Minute Know Me: Exploring identity through voice and choice to build understanding in pairs, small groups, or the whole group
  • Emotions Stations: A game to identify feelings in different situations
  • Friendship values: Naming and prioritizing values in healthy relationships
  • Name that Style: Understanding conflict styles, and the benefits and challenges of different approaches.

Participants will:

  • Define “social-emotional learning”, and explore why SEL is critical for the wellness and voice of girls and students of color in the classroom and learning communities
  • Gather best practices for integrating gender- and culturally-responsive SEL practices into their groups or classrooms, and create ways to support social and emotional learning at home and across schools and organizations
  • Define what is a “brave space”, why this is especially important for the voice and leadership of girls, students of color, and marginalized youth in the classroom, while gathering best practices on how to create a brave space in their communities

Social-emotional learning involves the core competencies for understanding ourselves, others, and navigating our relationships and experiences in the world. Given the diversity of our communities, and the inequity that all youth navigate in their world every day, effective SEL is practiced through a culturally responsive lens.

In order to teach social-emotional skills to our youth, we have to explicitly learn these skills for ourselves as adults first. That is the joy and reward of this restorative professional development experience! We will build our own brave space for one another to foster relational trust and access the vulnerability and leadership that we envision for all our youth. Size is limited to 30 participants.


Taught by our California Program Manager Alie Jones, New York Program Manager, Cassandra Brown, and Chief Program Officer, Kendra Carr, this Healing-Centered Engagement Workshop is a two-hour interactive virtual workshop designed for teachers, program staff, counselors, and administrators who work with girls in grades 5-12.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Choose Option 1 or Option 2 (Each session limited to the first 30 participants that register)

Option 1 Option 2
Pacific 12:30-2:30 3:30-5:30
Mountain 1:30-3:30 4:30-6:30
Central 2:30-4:30 5:30-7:30
Eastern 3:30-5:30 6:30-8:30


Registration: $50

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“So far, this has been the best workshop I have been to. Why? Because they made it safe; gave us data and taught us important concepts through visual & auditory tools; had us reflect; was interactive and gave us tangible lessons to implement in our work environment. Hit all markers! Thank you”
-Participant from a previous SEL workshop

“Just a quick note to thank you for the opportunity to attend the training session with you all. I appreciate you all taking the time to put this together and sharing your wisdom with us. I know that these [workshops] can be difficult to do over zoom, however, you all did an amazing job and we got so much out of it. I’m happy to say that I have already put some of it to practice, so again thank you for sharing this with us, including all of the resources.”
-Participant from a previous SEL workshop

If you’re looking for additional resources and curriculum to support your work, here are our professional development programs and free resources.