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Introduction to Liberatory Coaching for BIPOC Program Officers and Foundation Staff  (2 days)


Please check back in January 2023 for an update on our Program Officer ILC training date scheduling.

Virginia Mosqueda (Irvine Foundation), Gina Peralta (Heising-Simons Foundation), Vera deVera and Joanna Jackson (Weingart Foundation), and Marissa Tirona (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees) join Coaching for Healing, Justice, and Liberation to invite you to a new offering of our Introduction to Liberatory Coaching (ILC) training for BIPOC program officers.


In this time of racial justice uprisings and pandemic that disproportionately impact BIPOC communities, philanthropy has been called upon to take courageous and challenging actions. Much of the weight of answering this call is placed upon BIPOC program officers and other BIPOC foundation staff.


This ILC is tailored for BIPOC foundation staff to connect with peers and explore how transformative coaching values can be lived out in philanthropy by:

  • evolving methods for building authentic, relational, and equitable connections with grantees

  • gaining tools to stay in alignment with one's own core values while navigating white supremacy culture, settler colonialism, and other oppressions in philanthropy


As BIPOC program officers, we are uniquely positioned to repurpose and redistribute white wealth to address critical issues impacting BIPOC communities. How do we reconcile this relationship to power and privilege with our lived experience, upbringing, culture, or class consciousness?

This offering teaches foundational coaching skills applicable in many situations. We practice liberatory coaching from an anti-systemic oppression lens, welcoming Spirit and ancestral wisdoms. Skills include:


  • Identifying your own needs and values as well as the needs and values of your team members, grantees, donors, and partner organizations. Our behaviors are strategies to get our needs met. Most of us don’t know how to pinpoint our needs and simply feel “off”, “depressed”, “angry” and/or “hurt. Once our needs are identified, we can work to get our needs met.

  • Self-leadership: grounding yourself in creativity, compassion, courage, and connectedness and making decisions from a Self-led position, as opposed to seeing situations through the lens of fear, scarcity, rage, and catastrophe. If we are driven by fear, we have fewer options: cognitively, spiritually, and emotionally. You will learn how to know when you are being driven by one of these parts that hold fear, how to reset your nervous system, and lead from a place of higher Self.

  • Creating Conscious Relationships: designing agreements for individual and group interactions by identifying what you need to show up fully and asking for it with clarity and confidence. Most relationships are based on unspoken agreements. In a white supremacist society, these unspoken agreements serve to protect those with institutional power and privilege, thereby reinforcing oppression. Creating Conscious Relationships creates accountability.


These skills and more will be presented through coaching demonstrations, practice coaching by participants, and small and large group discussions.


Dates and Fees:


Introduction to Liberatory Coaching for BIPOC Program Officers


Sliding scale Tuition. Please consider your foundation's budget to guide your tuition amount.




Please check back in January 2023 for an update on our Program Officer ILC training date scheduling.


Please select "ILC for BIPOC Program Officers" to indicate what program you are interested in.



Given the amount of content we want to share with you and that each piece builds on the previous, we ask that you commit to attending both days in full. There will be a 30-minute break during the morning session, a 15-minute break during the afternoon session, as well as an hour for lunch both days.

The ILC functions as the foundational weekend of the 9-month CHJL professional certification program that begins in the spring of 2021. If you are interested in the 9-month program, this course will help you get a sense of the program and the commitment. 




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