Raising the Bar: Dismantling Dysfunction in our Organizations

Time: Friday Oct 4th from 3:30PM to 5:00PM

Location: Riverview Room

Speaker(s): Che Oso Ortiga - EDI Coordinator, Olympia Food Co-op

Taking inspiration from YWCA’s Racial Justice Summit and offering this curriculum to my Cooperative, this
work shop will reference Tekum Okun’s white supremacy culture document.

We will look into various habits and characteristic our culture has developed to honor certain types of work and dishonor others. We will be taking a deeper look into:

  • Perfectionism
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Defensiveness
  • Quantity over Quality
  • Worship of the Written Word, Either/Or thinking
  • Only One Right Way
  • Paternalism
  • Power Hoarding
  • Fear of Open Conflict
  • Individualism
  • “I’m the Only One” thinking
  • Progress is bigger/more
  • Objectivity
  • Right to Comfort

We will look into how these behaviors lead to oppressive organizational development and implementation, and learn about antidotes to these inherited behaviors.

Che is part of the Anti-oppression Team and EDI Coordinator for the Olympia Food Co-op. Through Raising the Bar, they have developed various workshops to adapt and transform our knowledge on various subjects having to do with power, privilege, bias, and oppression.

Che was a presenter at Provender Alliance 2018, with their workshop regarding Transgender Awareness in Industry. Che has a BA in Education and Community Development from The Evergreen State College. They are available for private consultations, workshops, group facilitation, and organizational visioning. In Che’s free time they enjoy kayaking and performing in their Portland-based band: Turnback Boyz.