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Transforming White Organizational Culture

August 4, 11 & 18, 2021
(1 workshop spread over 3 sessions)

(7-9 Eastern, 6-8 Central, 5-7 Mountain, 4-6 Pacific)


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 9:00 PM EDT

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This is an online event. 



Robin Alpern 
Director of Training
Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. 

A live, interactive online workshop that looks at how people can work for racial justice by:

  • Identifying and exploring the characteristics of white organizational culture
  • Understanding how white organizational culture operates in your organization
  • Exploring remedies to the negative impact of white organizational culture on your organization
  • Transforming your organization to be truly diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI)

Many professionals and organizations know something about “white privilege,” and maybe “structural racism," but fail to recognize how their organizational culture embodies white cultural values, practices, norms, and expectations. What appears to be “business as usual” and “the way things are” actually reflects unexamined white cultural values which are often problematic and limiting. Learning what this means and what to do about it are key skills in our emerging multiracial society.

The workshop uses didactic presentation, small group discussion, large group discussion, and slide show presentations. 

The workshop is appropriate for managers, supervisors, organizational decision-makers, plus anyone who has an interest in transforming an organization to one that is truly multiracial.


  • Definitions of culture & white organizational culture
  • Values and beliefs of white organizational culture
  • Socialization process into white organizational culture
  • Comparison of personal values and beliefs to white organizational culture
  • Manifestations of organizational culture in your organization
  • Impact of organizational culture
  • Ability to influence change
  • Inclusive organizational culture
  • Remedies to negative impact of organizational culture
  • Next steps as agents of change
;"...interest in transforming an organization to one that is truly multiracial


The workshop will take place during three Wednesday meetings in March of 2021, for a total of 6 hours of information-packed content.

First Meeting -- Wedneday, August 4th*

Second Meeting -- Wednesday, August 11th*

Third Meeting -- Wednesday, August 18th*

* All meetings take place at 7-9pm Eastern; 6-8pm Central; 5-7pm Mountain; 4-6pm Pacific

All meetings are recorded and the recording will be made available after each meeting for viewing by registered workshop participants only.

Registration fee: Standard rate $125. 

This registration fee covers one registration only. To register groups or add colleagues, family members, etc. please contact the registrar at robin.alpern@gmail.com.

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Meet the Trainers

Bonnie Berman Cushing

Bonnie Berman Cushing is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an anti-racist organizer and educator. She has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years as a family-systems therapist. She informs both her own — and others’ — clinical practice with an analysis of the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression. To this end, Bonnie has trained and/or supervised therapists and other human service practitioners throughout the tri-state area — including JBFCS, JCCA, the Ackerman Institute, the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and NYU, Fordham, Columbia, Hunter and Rutgers Schools of Social Work.

In 2004, Bonnie co-authored a chapter with Monica McGoldrick for the book Human Development and Faith by Chalice Press. In 2010, she was the Lead Editor of the multi-authored book Accountability and White Antiracist Organizing: Stories From Our Work, published by CDD Books and served as editor for Living in the Tension: the Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, by Shelly Tochluk, published by CDD Books in 2016.

Bonnie is a Core Trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a facilitator with The Center for Racial Justice in Education, an organization that trains educators on how to work with issues of race and racism in the classroom. She is a member of both the People’s Institute Northeast Leadership Collective and European Dissent NJ, and co-founder of the North Jersey Chapter of the AntiRacist Alliance. In addition to her services as a board member, Bonnie also develops curriculum and co-facilitates workshops for CSWAC


Edie Grauer

Edie Grauer, BSW, MSW, is a seasoned non-profit executive and change agent whose career has focused on promoting empowerment, inclusion and self-determination of oppressed and disenfranchised persons. She has extensive experience in the areas of homelessness, criminal and juvenile justice, children in out-of-home placement, substance abuse and addiction, and HIV/AIDS.

Edie has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the areas of social work, criminal justice, community and leadership building, drug abuse and addiction, sociology, and psychology. She developed and presented training for The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching to college faculty on honoring and infusing cultural diversity across the disciplines.

Edie has designed and implemented training in community-based agencies including power and privilege; empowerment; self-determination. She was recognized by Volunteers of America for her infusion of cultural diversity into their employee training and program policies and standards, and was awarded a Transcultural Art Project through Rutgers University for a transitional housing program for persons affected by HIV.

Edie currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (CASA).


What People Are Saying about CSWAC Workshops

You took my vague feelings about antiracism and showed me how I can turn those into activism. Betsy Tomic

A great six hours. You should allow yourselves to feel respected for pushing the white envelope. Jim Edler

Thanks for keeping things moving along…excellent content and process, right amount of info for the time. Judy Hinds

Lots of variety. It went very fast. Openness, discusions were great. Mary Farley

This was an excellent workshop. Time very well spent. Very well prepared and thought out to keep participants involved and active through interactive dialogue…excellent handouts…lots of new data…great guidelines on how to move forward. Peter Callaway

Felt connected with trainers and participants. Wayne Henderson

Program was great, perfect AntiRacism 101 for those who are ready to learn. It was so good to be in the company of people who understand that we need to overcome our culture and make changes to our institutions and organizations. Eddie Fried

The workshop was very interactive, lots of activlty and discussion which helped to keep it very interesting. Christina Williams