THREE WORKSHOPS
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone:
Knowing Better Means Doing Better
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THREE WORKSHOPS

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Knowing Better Means Doing Better

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Join sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz in this antiracism workshop designed to give attendees a clear understanding of systemic racism, white privilege, and Black disenfranchisement. Based on Bell and Schatz’s book, Do the Work! (Workman), this seminar will provide practical tools and real world applications booksellers can use in their ongoing antiracism work. Best known for his five-time Emmy Award-winning CNN docuseries United Shades of America, Bell has also appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WTF with Marc Maron, The Breakfast Club, and This American Life. He has two stand-up comedy specials, Semi-Prominent Negro (Showtime) and Private School Negro (Netflix), and has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award. Schatz is the New York Times bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, Rad Girls Can, Rad American History A-Z, and the illustrated journal My Rad Life. This workshop is open to booksellers of all identities and races.

 

W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is a stand-up comedian and the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. ... His latest stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro, is available on Netflix. Kamau wrote a book with the easy-to-remember title, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. He’s the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice and serves on the advisory boards of Hollaback! and Donors Choose.

 

Kate Schatz
Kate Schatz is an author, activist, educator, and queer feminist mama who's been talking, writing, and teaching about race, gender, social justice, and equity for many years. ... She's the New York Times-bestselling author of the "Rad Women" book series, (Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, Rad Girls Can, and Rad American History A-Z) and her book of fiction Rid of Me: A Story is part of the cult-favorite 33 ⅓ series. Along with W. Kamau Bell, she’s the co-author of Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book.

 

 


 

In this Hollaback! workshop, you will learn how to intervene and de-escalate conflict — without compromising your own safety — when you witness harassment, bias, or disrespect as a frontline bookseller. The session will be led by two global experts in harassment who will equip you with the right information on how to be an effective ally using Hollaback!'s bystander intervention and conflict de-escalation methodologies. The workshop will address current conflicts in retail spaces around customer service, including discussions around race and gender identity and COVID tensions, and participants will have practice opportunities with real-life scenarios. Exit polls show that 98% of attendees leave confident they can take action the next time they witness harassment.
 
Emily May is an international leader in the movement to end harassment in all its forms. In 2005, at the age of 24, she cofounded Hollaback! May has won 11 awards for her work and been featured in more than 200 news media outlets, including People, the New York Times, and NPR. May holds a bachelor’s from New York University, a master’s from the London School of Economics, and is a Prime Movers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.
 
Jorge Arteaga’s passion for history, places, and people and his ability to plan and execute have allowed him to bring his operational skills to serve in the social justice movement. He earned his bachelor’s in American Studies from SUNY College at Old Westbury and his master’s in American Studies at The City College of New York. He is currently completing his MS in project management and operations at Southern New Hampshire University.

 

Emily May
Emily May is an international leader in the movement to end harassment in all its forms. In 2005, at the age of 24, she cofounded Hollaback! ... May has won 11 awards for her work and been featured in more than 200 news media outlets, including People, the New York Times, and NPR. May holds a bachelor’s from New York University, a master’s from the London School of Economics, and is a Prime Movers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

 

Jorge Arteaga
Jorge Arteaga’s passion for history, places, and people and his ability to plan and execute have allowed him to bring his operational skills to serve in the social justice movement.... He earned his bachelor’s in American Studies from SUNY College at Old Westbury and his master’s in American Studies at The City College of New York. He is currently completing his MS in project management and operations at Southern New Hampshire University.

 

 

 


 

Led by author and expert Jason Thompson, this session will help stores be effective in their commitment to representation, equity, and access. A DEI audit checklist will help stores look at every aspect of their business — from hiring and training to signage, social media, and inventory — through a DEI lens, and a discussion of goals and metrics will help ensure measurable success. Jason Thompson is a successful and experienced diversity officer that has developed and led diversity programs in higher education, sports, healthcare, and tech. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, USA Today, and CNN. His education session for the ABA Board was extremely well received with some directors calling it the best session on this topic they’ve participated in.

 

Jason R. Thompson
Jason R. Thompson is a professor at Western Governors University and is the author of Diversity and Inclusion Matters: Tactics and Tools to Inspire Equity and Game-Changing Performance. He has developed or led diversity programs in higher education, sports, health care, and tech. ... His work in DEI has been recognized nationally and internationally across three distinct industries. Jason’s work was Awarded the #1 rated initiative of the 13th Annual International Innovation in Diversity Award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2016, the 2015 Diversity Champion Award from the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (COSHRM), and he was twice named a Diversity Leader by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USAToday, FOX News, and CNN.

 

 

 

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