Examining your (de)colonial self with Tanya Mackenzie (6 sessions)
^ Repeating in September 2021. Get on the waitlist.
Examining your (de)colonial self is designed to delve into our own personal journeys in race and privilege. Decoloniality at its heart is about developing a perspective that allows us to see ourselves more clearly in relation to ourselves and to others, including non-humans.
In this course, we examine our relationships with the knowledge and power hierarchies we grew up in and belong to, whether on the side of the oppressed or the oppressors. We invite each participant to enter the course with a personal dilemma or question to explore together within a larger framework. As we question the systematic global dynamics that exist, we will create a safe BUT brave and uncomfortable space to have conversations. We will embrace our own personal lived experiences and together embrace the lived experience of each other.
This course is for you if you want a safe place to have difficult conversations about racism, racial inequalities, privilege, white guilt complex, black consciousness, and more.
Tanya Mackenzie grew up in Zimbabwe and always lived with the need to confront the realities of living in highly racialized communities. Decoloniality has been a transformative process in her life and she has carefully crafted this six-week journey for you to safely examine your own (de)colonial self.
- Week one – Am I because we are?
- Week two – Am I where I think?
- Week three – Who is the other?
- Week four – Are you oppressed or are you an oppressor?
- Week five – How can we sit with the discomfort?
- Week six – Where do we go from here?
Prior Requirements: Non-expert level. Come with a willingness to learn and expand your perspective
Certificate Requirements: To receive the certificate of completion, you need to attend 4 of the 6 sessions and have completed the course feedback
About the Facilitator
Tanya Mackenzie grew up in Zimbabwe and always lived with the need to confront the realities of living in highly racialized communities. A physiotherapist and doctoral graduate she ended up in clinical practice, research, academia, and education. At the same time, she has been a businesswoman with her own practice, owned a plant nursery, worked as a farmer for 14 years, and worked in hospitality and as a dressmaker. But she was unable to ignore her dissatisfaction with the systems to which she belonged. Somehow every ideology she learned about did not quite help her to make sense of her lived experiences. Constant clashes between the way the world is and how she wants to be in it drew her to study anthropology. It was during these studies that she discovered the theory and practice of decoloniality. She felt she had finally found a way of thinking and being that could unravel her dilemmas. She had an awakening.
Let's Get Started
Once you enroll, you will receive an invite from firstname.lastname@example.org to join the course on the WLWG learning platform.
The course sessions will be online on Zoom with 10-15 other learners. We will post the access links on the course page on the WLWG platform. The sessions will be recorded in case you miss one.
Since we are open to members from all parts of the world, we offer a sliding scale of contributions. Our plans are available at three levels of financial experience. If for some reason you would like to attend the course but are unable to contribute financially, please contact us for a free seat.