Facilitations

I offer a variety of presentations, facilitations, and keynotes related to race, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, social identity, discrimination, student affairs, fraternity & sorority life, and allyship. To explore my previous speaking engagements please see my CV. For more information or to make a request, please email me at victorialynnalexander@gmail.com

I look forward to working with you and your community!

Introduction to Identity

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize appropriate terminology to describe identity groups as it relates to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, national origin, religion, and ability

  • Begin to unravel socialized beliefs about marginalized identity groups

  • Identify historical and present-day power imbalances between target and agent identity groups 

  • Understand and recognize basic identity development strategies and explorations

  • Interrogate the socialization that lends itself identity formation and negotiation

Implicit Bias

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define implicit/unconscious bias and recognize its manifestations within social, professional, and academic environments

  • Identify commonly held implicit biases related to race, class, national origin, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and other social identities

  • Use the Cycle of Socialization model to understand how biases are learned, reinforced, and reproduced

  • Use the Cycle of Liberation model to empower oneself and others to challenge bias on internalized, interpersonal, and systemic levels

  • Begin to interrogate one's own internalized biases in order to name, challenge, and change them 

Introduction to Race & Racism

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define racism as a system of power based on race

  • Distinguish between race, ethnicity, and nationality

  • Understand the history of racism and present day manifestations

  • Identify the ways racism permeates a variety of systems and institutions 

  • Recognize and challenge implicit racism, microaggressions and colorblind ideology

  • Begin to interrogate internalized racial biases in order to name, challenge, and change them

  • Understand race not as biologically determined but as socially constructed

Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the distinctions between active racism, passive racism, interpersonal racism, and systemic racism

  • Understand the pervasive nature of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, colorism, bigotry and other forms of ethno-racism

  • Explore the variety of outcomes significantly correlated with race: housing, wealth, income, mortality, police violence, education, employment, incarceration, etc.

  • Understand anti-racism not as a destination but as a constant practice

  • Disarm oneself and others of the tools of defense that have been used against the work of anti-racism and replace them with tools of active accountability

Anti-Blackness

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the historical role of the enslavement of Black people and colonization and genocide of Indigenous people that are foundational to our understanding of the founding of the United States

  • Reject mythological and pathological explanations of stereotyped "Black" behaviors, as such explanations omit the role institutional structures play in affecting social, political, economic, and material outcomes

  • Examine the phenomenon of racial and ethnic groups’ relationship to power given their proximity to Whiteness and perceived distance from Blackness

  • Acknowledge the role of individuals, institutions, and systems in reinforcing and reproducing anti-Black racism

  • Describe the connections between racial inequality and economic inequality 

Power, Privilege, & Oppression

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • ​Define social and personal identity groups

  • Use the Matrix of Oppression Model to understand issues of power and oppression that deal with race, class, and gender

  • Understand the implications of intersecting identity markers

  • Self interrogate ways one is privileged and how one can actively leverage their privilege toward equity

  • Identify, interrogate, and challenge systems of power and oppression

  • Learn how privilege and oppression result in inequity in a variety of systems including wealth accumulation, education, civil rights, housing, health care, and citizenship

Active Allyship

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Feel empowered with knowledge and strategies necessary to know when and how to intervene in against marginalization​

  • Identify the differences between passive allyship, performative allyship, saviorship, and active allyship

  • Understand the unique implications of intersecting identity markers

  • Develop an eye for identifying oppression in its many forms, in others and in oneself, and holding oneself and others accountable

  • Operate out of a growth mindset and embrace the many ways to identify how to consistently practice self introspection and active allyship

  •  Leverage one's positions of leadership and spheres of influence - no matter how big or small - to encourage others to do their own work toward active allyship

Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality in Fraternity & Sorority Life

Learning Outcomes

Through this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the historical relationships between privilege, identity, bias, discrimination and fraternity/sorority life specifically as it relates to race, class, gender, and sexuality

  • Become more familiar with each National Council/Umbrella organization

  • Understand and honor the culturally based fraternal experience

  • Acknowledge the discriminatory history of many fraternal organizations

  • Recognize the impact of stereotype threat phenomenon

  • Locate ways privilege, bias and, discrimination continue to permeate the fraternity/sorority experience

  • Identify means to generate welcoming and affirmative spaces for all students who seek membership in fraternities and sororities