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Continuing Education

POSTPONED: Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT March 15 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

This workshop is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date


The vast majority of us agree that we must ensure the safety of our communities. Yet, we are living in a moment when public vitriol is skyrocketing and tensions flare at a moment’s notice.  While almost every other city in the nation saw a 20% increase in hate incidents from 2016 to 2017, Portland experienced an increase of 200%, with Oregon leading the nation in incidents per capita. From 2017 onward, Oregon has been in the top five states in formally reported hate incidents per capita. Furthermore, the new Portland United Against Hate anonymous tracking tool shows that hate incidents occur in Portland at least ten times as frequently as those reported to the police.

Read our recent Q&A with presenter
Debra Kolodny here

This workshop will provide a theoretically grounded practical opportunity to successfully address this crisis. Using tools and methodologies proven over decades from the foundational text: Training Active Bystanders by Dr. Ervin Staub, we will build a culture of peace, welcome, mutual appreciation and love by learning and engaging in active non-violence.

Participants will leave confident of their ability to support and empower targets by:

  • Identifying and tapping into the skills, experiences and values they already have to support their neighbors more effectively
  • Identifying, understanding and overcoming what inhibits them from becoming active bystanders
  • Learning and practicing specific tactics for interrupting verbal hate in public, centering the experience of the target and empowering the target to create safety for themselves
  • Learning specific tactics for protecting themselves from verbal abuse
  • Understanding the risks inherent in any hostile situation
  • Discerning what not to do to escalate the situation

This workshop may meet the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Click here for more information

Workshop Details & Registration

Date and Time: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Presenter: Rabbi Debra Kolodny, JD

Credit: $65, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off. 
Students: $25 

Community Members: $45

Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors: Free

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Presenter

Rabbi Debra Kolodny, JD, has been bringing their spiritual activism to racial and economic justice, women’s, peace environmental and LGBTQI+ causes since 1980. Formerly the Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Nehirim, a national queer Jewish retreat and advocacy organization, they are currently the Program Director of Portland United Against Hate, founding rabbi of Portland’s UnShul and convener of the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance. They combat hate and White Nationalism throughout Oregon by leading this workshop and have taught over 1000 people since January 2017.

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