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Oakland Unified School District

White Anti-Racist Learning Facilitators

OUSD is calling on White educators, community partners who work in our schools, staff and caregiver / family leaders in Oakland schools to be part of a 2-year Facilitator Fellowship to increase the network of trained facilitators to hold racial justice learning spaces for White staff and family affinity groups at our sites.

This Fellowship will use a train-the-trainer model to provide the training, support and community network to launch or strengthen spaces for White community members in OUSD to advance their antiracist learning, skills and practice to be allies and co-conspirators in solidarity with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, staff and families in OUSD in times of increased racial hatred and violence and to advance equitable outcomes and support for BIPOC students.

The first year will focus on collective learning through interactive, somatics-centered in-person 3-hour sessions on 7 Saturdays to do the deep work necessary to hold space for others.  Participants will leave with actionable ways to interrupt White supremacy in the classroom and school systems.  The second year will support facilitators to engage their communities with curriculum to advance learning in schools, departments, organizations, and teams as a community of practice.

All levels are welcome to join this cohort!  Please join us to build a strong network across OUSD.

Please REGISTER HERE by November 27th, 2023!

The Fellowship will consist of in-person sessions on Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm in the East Bay, with the following dates for the 2023-2024 school year:

December 2, 2023
January 6, 2024
February 3, 2024
March 2, 2024
April 13, 2024
May 4, 2024
June 1, 2024

OEA, SEIU and ACSCME members will be compensated by Extended Contract or Extra Time. 

All other participants can receive a stipend upon completion of the program.

This program is supported by a collaboration of OUSD's Health & Wellness and Office of Equity teams.

To learn more about OUSD's Racial Affinity work, please click here.

About the Facilitators:

Susan Andrien, CEO and Founder of Hope Reimagined, has more than 25 years of experience working with children and families and is on a mission to better support communities, schools and families to be relationally rich environments.  Susan recently served as OUSD Network 2's Behavioral Health Specialist, currently works with Destiny Arts, and is a member of OUSD's Racial Justice & Healing Taskforce.

Kusum Crimmel, of Dissecting Whiteness, facilitates transformational shifts within and between people and communities where there has been racialized harm or conflict. She offers workshops, trainings, coaching and facilitation of affinity groups to support White bodied people shed layers of harmful White behaviors, while building skills and capacity for more embodied accountability, integrity and deeper self love. She weaves in her training, experience and skills with somatics, restorative practices, trauma healing and two decades of working with youth and educators.


OEA Members can submit hours upon completion of the series in the Exit Ticket for payment at the Professional Development rate, OR submit for Professional Growth Units for advancement on the salary scale if not already at the limit.  PGU forms can be signed off by emailing or your Supervisor with your notes from the series, and submitted to your Talent Representative for processing.

SEIU & AFSCME Members can check in with their Supervisor to see if they are eligible to submit an extra/over time form online if these times fall beyond contract hours:

  • Please list Raquel Jimenez - Office of Equity Executive Director as the approver & supervisor.
OUSD Racial Justice Affinity Facilitator Fellowship flyer