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Continuing Education

Interrupting Injustice: Teachable Moments

Date: 9:30am - 5:00pm PDT June 15, 2018 Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

This workshop will focus on helping participants develop a framework and skill set with which to better respond to situations where we encounter hate, hostility and microagressions that are the result of institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression.

Together, we will explore assessing risk and safety, degree of harm, power dynamics, relationship context, and teachable moments.

Participants will also practice and receive feedback on essential skills for listening, advocacy, bystander and targeted group roles, intent and impact, stereotype threat, inquiry, interruption and follow up.

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public. 

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. **Note: New later start time
Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St,
Portland, OR

Presenters: John Lenssen, Hector Roche

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About the Presenters

John Lenssen is a consultant working with governmental agencies and school districts on issues of cultural competency and leadership. As a consultant he provides training, training of trainers, organizational assessment, coaching, and mediation services. He addresses a broad range of diversity issues in education, health, social services and customer service. John is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College. 

Hector Roche is a consultant working with schools, organizations and communities around issues of equity, social justice, and community building.  He was recently the Senior Equity Manager at Portland Public Schools, providing consultation, coaching, training and facilitation for District leaders and their departments and equity teams.


  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.



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