Critical Whiteness Workshops
In our endeavor within AEWTASS to foster critical whiteness awareness within companies and organizations, we offer VIADworkshops on Critical Whiteness. These workshops provide a space for participants to explore and challenge white privilege, systemic racism, and deepen their understanding of racial justice and equality.
Why is Critical Whiteness essential in companies?
Promoting Critical Whiteness within companies is indispensable for creating inclusive and equitable work environments. By critically examining the role of whiteness in shaping societal structures, power dynamics, and individual biases, organizations can actively work towards dismantling systemic racism and fostering a more inclusive workplace culture. Dual Facilitation:
Black and White Trainers to ensure a comprehensive and balanced perspective, our Critical Whiteness workshops are facilitated by both a black and a white trainer.
This dual facilitation approach allows for diverse lived experiences and insights to be shared, creating a richer learning environment. Through this collaboration, participants gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of racial dynamics and are better equipped to implement meaningful change within their organizations.
Nicola Frantz, Mag. a (FH) (Austrian Master of Applied Sciences)
Workshop trainer, conception, and evaluation of seminars.
first studied International Development and Theatre Studies for two years and then studied at the MCI, University of Applied Sciences (Management Center Innsbruck) in the Department of Social Work, where she completed her studies. She is a certified gender and diversity consultant, certified intercultural conflict manager and intercultural project manager, certified anti-racism trainer and trainer of the Theater of the Oppressed.
Since 2006 she has been working as a freelance trainer (gender/diversity, anti-racism, critical whiteness, empowerment, mental training, conflict management and Theatre of the Oppressed) in Austria and internationally. Since 2014 she has been an external lecturer and supervisor of Bachelor theses at the MCI University of Applied Sciences and since 2015, she has been teaching as an external lecturer at the WU (University of Economics Vienna).
She was able to gain a lot of experience in coaching and training young people, as she has been working part-time as a coach and trainer of teenagers since 2011 (WUK, Wien Work and since 2021 for Jugend am Werk). In addition, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the WUK diversity and inclusion projects for the WUK Youth Coaching West project.
Seit 2006 arbeitet sie als freiberufliche Trainerin (Gender/Diversity, Anti-Rassismus, Critical Whiteness, Empowerment, Mentaltraining, Konfliktmanagement und Theater der Unterdrückten) in Österreich und auch international. Seit 2014 ist sie externe Lektorin und Betreuerin von Bachelorarbeiten an der Fachhochschule MCI und seit 2015 unterrichtet sie als externe Lektorin an der WU Wien.
Sie konnte viel Erfahrung im Coaching und Training von Jugendlichen sammeln, da sie seit 2011 nebenberuflich als Coachin und Trainerin von Jugendlichen arbeitet (WUK, Wien Work und seit 2021 für Jugend am Werk). Zudem war sie für das Projekt WUK Jugendcoaching West für die Entwicklung und die Implementierung der WUK Diversitäts- und Inklusionsprojekte zuständig.
Mag. Jerry Jarvis Essandoh
Workshop trainer, conception, and evaluation of seminars.
Mag. Jerry Jarvis Essandoh studied cultural and social anthropology at the University of Vienna. Since 2008, he has been working with young people in many different settings: initially working for several years in park supervision and a youth club, he has been holding workshops in the areas of diversity, anti-discrimination, global learning and intercultural skills in sports since 2010. Since 2014 he has been working at the Youth Parliament, a participation project for young people and is a member of the Fairplay Team. He serves as sports coach for Kinder gesund bewegen/Fit for Austria (Ministry of Sport), and he is board member at the association Grenzenlos – Interkultureller Austausch. He has provided project assistance for 6 Erasmus Plus (EU-) projects & foreign assignments Furthermore, he is a sports coach with teaching assignments at the University Sports Institute Vienna; ZARA workshop leader – civil courage & anti-racism work; co-author for manuals/handbooks.
Gudrun Klein, PhD
Workshop trainer, conception, and evaluation of seminars. As well as textbook analysis concerning the representation of the African continent & people of African descent in the Diaspora - among other things reality content, scientific topicality, ideology critique and more.
Dr Klein holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, where she spent four years researching multiculturalism and anti-racism in the education system. During a twelve-month research stay in Brazil, she studied both classroom materials and classes in two public high schools concerning the construction of images of Africa and the reproduction of racisms. In addition to academic publications on racism in the education system, she has been discussing racism in Austria in the newspaper “Augustin” on a quarterly basis since 2016. Apart from teaching at the university, she taught philosophy in a public middle school in England and coordinated anti-racism workshops in Rio De Janeiro. As of September 2020 she has been teaching at a Neue Mittelschule in Vienna as part of Teach for Austria.
Mag.a Mariama Sow
Workshop trainer Conception and evaluation of workshops.
Mag. a Mariama Sow studied International Development at the University of Vienna and at the University of Paris Diderot. Her MA research focuses on migration theories, migration & development and migration & integration. She worked as a research assistant at the “Association pour Favoriser l’Integration Professionelle” in Pantin, France, and is co-author of the publication “Discriminations et carrieres – Entretiens sur des carrières de noir-e-s et d’arabes”, a series of interviews on discrimination experiences of academics with migration background in France. Currently, Mag Sow works as an executive director in international volunteer management. In this capacity, she designs and conducts workshops in the areas of awareness in development policy and public relations work with a critical view of racism in the context of international volunteer assignments.