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Power-and-equiTy Challenge

Our Newest Online Curriculum and Coaching Series

We hear a lot of people from many different social locations who say they want to do something about social inequities, abuses of power, and systemic oppression.

However, we also hear that people either don’t know what to do, feel emotionally-labored-out, hopeless, powerless, othered…or some combination of these states.

We get it – we’ve been there (and still visit often!). But we’ve learned how to not dwell there. We’ve learned how to know where we are, what power we have, how to nourish and play, and to keep moving forward.

That’s why we’ve developed this challenge. We want everyone to have an accessible, sustainable, compassion-and-connection-centered space to learn, grow, and collaboratively develop their Power-and-Equity Consciousness.

What is Power-and-Equity Consciousness (PEC)?

Power-and-Equity Consciousness (PEC) is a term that was developed by Restorative Integration Founder, Dr. Amanda Aguilera in conversation with her colleague, Regina Smith, to refer to the state of awareness of social power dynamics, like those in interpersonal power differentials as well as collective and systemic power, that influence equity in relationship.

Why do I need to develop my PEC?

Power is present in every relationship. As your PEC develops, you are more capable of seeing power dynamics as they occur, inequities that show up in those power dynamics, and deciphering your responsibilities and vulnerabilities within those dynamics.

When you have a framework for understanding power dynamics, the language to talk about it, and the skills to navigate it, you are better resourced for creating and maintaining relationships across difference.

Here are just some of the outcomes you can expect as you develop your PEC:

Create Communities of Belonging
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” This challenge is designed to help build Beloved Community where there is mutual belonging, collective care and active responsibility.
Know Your Power
Often we can feel powerless when it comes to navigating relationships with difference. After this training, you will not only know what power you do have, but also how to use that power in ways that can empower others. Knowing your power and the accompanying responsibilities and vulnerabilities that come with it, is empowering for you, can minimize harm (misuses/abuses of power), and empowers others.
Understand Your Brain on Power
Neurobiology has a powerful influence on how we perceive the world and others. Understanding how the brain organizes around power in the power differential can help us navigate power dynamics with more integration and understanding.
Know Ourstory
From our ancestry, cultural past, and the documented context of oppression, you will be guided through how multi-level power works to create and maintain systems of oppression. You will get an introduction to systemic power so that you have the full picture of power dynamics.
Work with Emotion
From shame to rage, confusion and frustration, intense emotions can arise when we talk about power and difference. With PEC, you can recognize emotions as they arise and choose to respond from an anti-oppression lens. Learn what it means to self-regulate without "shoulding" others.
Transform Conflict
Go from conflict-avoidant or competitive to conflict-positive by gaining the perspective and skills needed to transform interpersonal difficulties within power differentials into generative conflict and opportunities for deepening your relationships
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Power-and-Equity challenge Course path

The nine courses in the Power-and-Equity Challenge are designed to help you progress step-by-step in your Power-and-Equity Consciousness. Each course builds on the previous content and is paced so that you have time to explore and integrate each concept. Each course includes asynchronus online content you take at your own pace followed by a live 2.5 hour live session with interactive experientials, discussions and Q&R (Question & Response).

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This is work that can't wait. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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