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“The Cultures Connecting training regarding racial micro-aggressions was highly informative, very thought provoking, challenging and also very enjoyable…”

Paula F. Frederick, MEd., M.S., LMHC, CDP – Director of Community Treatment Services, Friends of Youth

“Cultures Connecting took the time to develop a customized approach for my organization- especially as we are a majority people of color staff representing an extremely diverse neighborhood of White Center. We also were able to design workshops that took into consideration the different stages of cultural/ethnic identity and race/power construct that each staff member brought to the team. Being comfortable with both Caprice and Ilsa allowed our team to be comfortable- to trust the space in the room for tough conversations and to build ‘team’ while also learning about ‘self’.”

Aileen Balahadia – Former Executive Director, White Center Community Development Association

“Cutures Connecting’s facilitation of our management team retreat helped us reach consensus around work that we’d been trying to do for years.  We were finally able to have the difficult conversations that we needed to have to move our anti-racism work forward.  They took the time to get to know our organization and to understand the struggles we were having.  As a result of this work, we were able to establish the trust and consensus needed to guide our future efforts in this area and to strengthen the sense of teamwork that we have as a group.”

Cheryl Cobbs – Former Executive Director, Solid Ground

“Two of our staff attended Cultures Connecting’s workshop on Facilitating Conversations about Race.  They were so impressed; we invited them to be our trainers for our Multi-cultural Education Training.  They brought depth and professionalism to the rich topic of cultural competency.  They helped us to lay a solid foundation in the beginning, so we shared the same language, and then guided us through discussions to address the heart of the issues—including racism, classism, and other “ism’s”.  The training was simple, effective, and to the point.  This training was instrumental in pushing us to a higher level of cultural competence—it helped us better see where we are now (both individually and institutionally), and where we want to go.  We got further as a group in one day of training than I could have imagined.”

Erica Nixon Mack – Former Program Analyst, Passages Northwest

“Our schools recently benefited from a training presented by Cultures Connecting. Ilsa Govan, the facilitator, was exceptional in this day long intensive seminar. Her knowledge of the material is obvious and passion for the subject matter equals her knowledge. If you value your employees, and value what they bring to your organization, this training is essential. If you desire to maintain an environment free of bias, but more importantly, if you wish to create a company or organization that has a strong understanding of racial awareness and cultural competency, I recommend you provide this course for your staff and administrators. It is a fabulous starting point for what should be ongoing discussions.”

Tracy White – Former Director, Young Child Academy