BRAVE SPACES INSTITUTE: Building Will and Skill to Lead for Equity

BRAVE SPACES INSTITUTE: Building Will and Skill to Lead for Equity
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From Thu 13 September 2018 to Fri 14 September 2018
From Thursday 13 September 2018 to Friday 14 September 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Why This Institute? Why Now? 
The time is ripe for meaningful conversations about race, gender, equity, and difference. Incidents of hate and bias are on the rise nationally as educators grapple with how to teach and lead in uncertain times. In a Southern Poverty Law Center survey of over 10,000 educators, 8 in 10 people reported heightened anxiety in students of color and 4 in 10 had heard derogatory language directed at marginalized groups. Now more than ever, we are called to act.

This two-day institute will help you, your team, or your staff build collective will and skill to lead for equity. Leading for equity is a deeply personal endeavor. It requires us to be in touch with who we are and why we lead. It requires us to be clear about our moral imperative in order to lead others toward an equity-focused destination. Not only is this a personal journey, but it is best approached as a collective endeavor with a dedicated team.

"When we consider action in the face of uncertainty, we have to ask ourselves three questions: why must we act, how can we act, and what must we learn to do." -Marshall Ganz, 2011

A Unique Offering
Seasoned facilitators Shane Safir, Dr. Jamila Dugan, and Jessica Huang will create a brave space for you to learn, grow, and act as an equity leader. Drawing from Shane’s work on “storientation”/story-telling as a leadership strategy, they will engage you in a dynamic experience focused on:

  • Story of Self: Who am I as an equity leader? How has equity shaped my life journey, and what do I want to stand for today?

  • Story of Us: Who are we as a school, team, or organization? What is our current state story, and what is our equity imperative?

  • Story of Now: What is our call to action? What must we do now to bridge the gap between our intentions and our actions?

The retreat will include multiple learning modalities: reflection, movement, mindfulness, story-telling, interactive activities, and ample team time to apply your learning and chart a course of action. Participants will learn critical equity leadership skills and leave more unified as a team around a shared purpose.

Takeaways | Participants will:

  • Develop and message a compelling vision around equity.

  • Learn powerful ways to convey your vision and influence your organizational culture.

  • Build will and skill to lead for equity using listening as an orientation and a technology.

  • Create a “skinny” action plan with next steps and metrics in order to implement your equity vision.

Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant to anyone who seeks to create greater equity in their school, district, or organization while deepening their skill set around relational leadership and listening as a transformative technology.

Join us for a powerful experience of reflection, learning and action!

"I’m walking away with the prospect of changing the culture at our organization: educating staff about unconscious bias and microaggressions; serving the academic and social needs of our community; learning to listen, but also to be heard.”  - Brave Spaces Participant, San Jose, California


  • SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2018 {9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day}, Temescal Beach House, 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618


  • EARLY registration: $725/person. For SEPT session, by May 25th.

  • LATE registration: $800/person. For SEPT session, by August 17th.

  • Note: REGISTRATION ENDS: On AUG. 17th for SEPT session.

  • Note: There will be NO IN-PERSON REGISTRATION at the institute.

What does the registration cost include? 

The registration cost includes access to all institute sessions, beverages, lunch and snacks, materials, and a copy of The Listening Leader. The registration cost does not include lodging, travel or meals other than those specified. Attendees must book lodging and travel separately.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Temescal Beach House (Building) is located in the Temescal Regional Recreation Area near the intersection of Hwy 13 and Hwy 24 in Oakland between Broadway Terrace and Keith Avenue/Broadway.

By Car

  • From eastbound Highway 24 in Oakland:

    Exit at Broadway. At the light, make a wide left turn onto Broadway and immediately bear right. DO NOT go under the freeway. Follow Broadway approximately one mile to the Temescal parking area on the right.

  • From westbound Highway 24 in Oakland:

    If you are approaching from the Walnut Creek area, go through the Caldecott Tunnel in the RIGHT LANE of the right tunnel. As you exit the tunnel, take the Tunnel Road exit, then turn left onto the freeway overpass (Caldecott Lane), turn right onto Broadway. Proceed .7 mile to the Park entrance on the left.

  • From northbound Highway 13 in Oakland:

    Take Highway 13 to Highway 24 East (toward the Caldecott Tunnel). Stay in the right lane. Take Old Tunnel Road exit, keep right (now on Broadway). Go .7 mile to the Park Entrance on the left.

  • Parking

    There is a charge of $5.00 per car April through October.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

For registration or payment assistance, please contact Jocelyn via email at

For content inquiries, please contact Shane via email, at 

May I transfer my institute registration to someone else?

Yes. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to someone else. You may request a registration transfer by sending an email to, ideally at least 14 days prior to the institute. Please write: PARTICIPANT TRANSFER REQUEST in the Subject line, and be sure to include: your name; the session date; and your phone number in your email. Please provide us with the following information for the person you are transferring your registration to: their name; their job title; their organization/ school; their phone number; their email address; and whether they require special meals or ADA accommodations. Transfer Requests are subject to a $15 admin fee. Failure to include all necessary information may delay the transfer.

What's the refund policy?

Refund requests for the Brave Spaces Institute must be received at least 31 calendar days before the program start date. A full refund will be made for requests received within this time period subject to a $50 service fee. No refund will be made for requests received 30 or fewer calendar days before the program start date.

You may request a refund by sending an email to Please write: REFUND REQUEST in the Subject line, and be sure to include: your name; the session date; the reason for requesting a refund; your method of payment; your phone number; and the reference/ confirmation number associated with your registration in your email. Failure to include all necessary information may delay processing.

If you have any questions regarding the refund policy, please contact Jocelyn at

You must handle lodging cancellations directly with your hotel per its policy.


Safir and Associates reserves the right to cancel this institute due to low registration or circumstances that adversely affect the institute. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all registrants will be notified and will receive full refunds of registration fees.


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  • The use may include reproduction, distribution, derivative works, display, and performance.

  • The use may be in composite or modified forms and in any media, now known or later developed, including without limitation newspapers, television, radio, the World Wide Web, and social media.

  • The use may be for any purpose throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, without limitation, education, trade, advertising, and promotion.

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