2022 Leaders of Color Institute

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Advocating for Your Work through Creative Play
Saturday, December 3rd at 12pm (EDT)

When we are deeply embedded in our work, it can feel challenging and high stakes to communicate what we do and why it's important. This highly interactive workshop will allow you to playfully practice advocating for your work in a low-stakes environment. We will use exercises from the worlds of improvisational theatre, leadership development, and communication to experiment with pitching our work in different ways. In this workshop, you will practice showing up with confidence, thinking on your feet, and adapting to your audience. Most importantly, you will learn to own and explain why you, with your personal story, experiences, identity, are uniquely qualified to do what it is you do. Whether you are working on a grant, looking to engage parents at a back-to-school night, or honing your elevator pitch during a job hunt, this workshop will provide collaborative and energizing opportunities to practice advocating for your work and yourself.

Saya Jenks (she/her) is an applied theatre facilitator and social researcher based in New York City. She is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct faculty member in Educational Theatre at New York University. Saya loves bringing play and theatre to places that could use more of both: she has taught theatre at law firms and software companies, in Pre-K and graduate classrooms alike. Saya is an experiential leadership workshop designer for On Deck Workshops, where she has led trainings for clients such as YouTube, Bloomberg, Intuit, LinkedIn, and Morrison & Foerster LLP. She received her M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU and B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. 

Raising Standards for Intercultural Competency in Theatre Education Leadership
Saturday, December 3rd at 1:15pm (EDT)

Intercultural competencies are key assets that help leaders and educators to effectively adapt and navigate in diverse work environments. They are also essential to the well-being of our global society, where multiple viewpoints and values intersect. In this workshop, the participants will be introduced to the framework of Cultural Intelligence (CQ - Cultural Quotient), one of the leading cultural competency models. We will first unpack how the four factors of CQ, Drive, Knowledge, Strategy, and Action, will look in the educational setting. Second, through small group work, the participants will have an opportunity to examine a critical moment from field examples and explore how they may want to resolve the moment through CQ capabilities. Finally, the participants will envision what culturally intelligent leadership and teaching looks like in their learning environment and reflect on why intercultural competency matter to leaders and educators.

Kiyoko Motoyama Sims is originally from Tokyo and has a wealth of experience as an arts instructor and administrator, director, and professional development facilitator. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Arts and Cultural Leadership program, College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota. Kiyoko holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Performance from San Diego State University and an MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She has directed numerous plays, taught and managed sundry arts education programs for Pre-K through college students and adult educators at various institutions including San Diego State University, Penumbra Theatre, Cultural Odyssey, Walker Art Center, and Children’s Theatre Company as well as guest lecturing at the University of West Indies, Mona Campus. Kiyoko’s curriculum expertise includes Arts and Cultural Leadership, Critical Literacy through Theatre Arts, Theatre for Social Change, Creative Drama, Musical Theatre, Theatre for Early Childhood Education, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. She is serving on the Governance committee at AATE. Kiyoko is passionate about integrating the power of arts and storytelling with cultural competence work in learning spaces. 

Lose Control: Cultivating Spaces Against Domination in Professional Settings
Saturday, December 3rd at 2:30pm (EDT)

In this interactive workshop, we will come together to discuss how domination functions in professional and theatre settings. We will 1) name lived experiences of domination in our professions, 2) take ownership of the ways we perpetuate domination, and 3) co-construct a vision for spaces in professional and theatre settings that rejects domination through a series of dialogic and writing activities. Join me as we write and dream about the ways we can communally reach organizational successes without subjugation.

Jasmine Games is a queer Black poet, educator, and theatre maker based in Texas. She is the Director of Education and Youth Development at the Austin Area Urban League. She utilizes drama-based pedagogy and the historical literacy framework as a mode for self-introspection and positionality interrogation, partnering with schools, museums, and community-based organizations. She produced, directed, and co-facilitated a spoken word action-residency for high school youth, Courageous Cadence, which was celebrated with a final performance of shared poetry on race and gender (in)justices. Her research examines how practices from Black literary societies can change applied theatre and spoken word practices to further engage queer youth of color. She is the winner of the 2021 Sexton Prize for Poetry, awarded by The Black Spring Press Group, and the 2021 Winifred Ward Scholar, awarded by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She holds a BA in English and Performance Studies from Texas A&M University (2018) and an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin (2022). Wielding her words, she is fiercely committed to complete and total justice for people who are marginalized in our society, especially queer youth of color. Read more at https://www.jasmineigames.com/



Tiered (Pay-What-You-Can)
(Member & Non-Member Rates)

Tier 1 - $100
Tier 2 - $125
Tier 3 - $150

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