This course is currently accepting registrations for our 2022 classes to be held in the summer from May 27th through July 24th.
Our Consent, Gender, Power class is an opportunity for community educators, advocates, care providers, and people impacted by gender based violence to explore the roots of violence and frameworks of prevention and response. Through this course we dive into the history, power dynamics, and systems that perpetuate and uphold gender based violence as well as strategies and tools to practice consent, healing, and harm reduction. Research has shown that in order to address sexual and intimate partner violence through restorative and transformative justice, facilitators must be equally trained in restorative / transformative justice practices AND the intricacies of gender based violence (Center for Court Innovation).
This course can pair with our Transformative Justice course to give you the toolkit you need to address this widespread and deeply personal type of violence. Other practitioners who are addressing sexual and intimate partner violence through crisis response work, shelters, advocacy, peer education, healthcare, and the criminal legal system can also take this course on it’s own to skill up on values driven tools and analysis that can strengthen their practice without needing to take a deeper dive into Transformative Justice.
At Spring Up we are deeply engaged in the work of preventing and responding to gender based violence (the violence we all experience rooted in the gender binary). We have been teaching consent education since 2014. Our first curriculum was an intersectional analysis of the root causes of gender based violence that we facilitated with campus based coalitions and organizers. In 2019 we ran a 6 month Consent Fellowship with youth organizers from South Florida to share community based strategies to prevent and respond to gender based violence. Over the years we have adapted our curriculum based on community questions, feedback, and spaces of collaborative imagination. Through this 8-week course, you can now get access to the tools and frameworks we have come to rely on in our practice of consent including an in depth analysis of the roots and causes of gender based violence, as well as strategies to practice gender liberation, consent, and healing.
This cohort will be made up of pairs and groups - this means you and a learning partner or you and a group from your life all need to individually register for the course and commit to going through the content together. This is because we have found that learning and healing cannot happen in isolation and folks are much more likely to bring what they learn back to their communities if they have accountability buddies who know them and their context enough to have deep conversations about how what you are learning applies to your lives and community. We do also accept groups of people who want to go through the course together rather than a pair. If you have a group of 10 or more who would like to take this class as a group, fill out the interest form at timetospringup.org/collaborate - for all groups of 10 or more, you will receive a private opening and closing Q+A with members of our team.
Over the summer, there will be 8 weeks where you will have our full attention including optional weekly live office hours, comment moderation on the platform, and a community mixer. After those 8 weeks are complete, you will continue to have access to the content for a full year so you can dive deeper and continue your reflections. Many participants share that it was helpful for them to let go of a perfectionistic desire to get through all the content during the 8 weeks, and instead to embrace the element of choice in exploring 2-3 resources per week with an intention to return to the content throughout the year that they had access.
Participants will get access to:
- An asynchronous opening Q+A experience where you can submit questions and see answers to our most common questions.
- A closing live question & answer session with Spring Up team members; to discuss what you learned and answer any remaining questions at the end of the 8 week experience.
- A print copy of Spring Up’s accompanying Consent workbook and the Millennial Sex Education book of fictional short stories will be sent to you in the mail (including for international students).
- 7 modules of online content, each to be released weekly. Each module has about 2 hours of content to review including journaling and reflection prompts. All videos included have closed captions.
- Weekly office hours with our Teaching Artists and coaches to discuss what the content and themes are surfacing in your life, ask questions, get a recap of the pre-work, and hang out with the bluelight community. Office hour times are yet to be determined, but there are always at least two options per week, with an option that is before 5 PM PST, and one that is after 5 PM PST. These are usually held on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
- Spring Up team members will be attuned to our online platform with the ability to respond to questions and comments left under the various resources and modules. We also encourage you to respond and engage with each other! The community is full of wisdom and is just as much about building relationships between students as learning from Spring Up.
- The opportunity to share a reflection at the end of the course that will be added into the content for future cohorts - these could be written, drawn, recordings, or whatever feels supportive to you!
- Optional add on: You can register for 1-3 individual or pair private coaching sessions with our transformative justice coaches for an additional fee.
- If you complete the content including weekly brief feedback forms and a closing reflection during the course timeframe, you will receive a free surprise gift in the mail!
- You will have access to the course content for one year, and can choose to renew your access for a lower fee at that time if you choose to.
The early registration deadline is April 27th, and final registration is May 14th. If we fill all of the spots, we may close registration early. If you do not have a buddy registered by May 14th, we will pair you with two other participants to go through the course with. You will need to introduce yourself on the platform, and complete an intake survey including identify your buddies (or the need to be paired with a buddy) by May 20th.
This course is offered at a sliding scale between $200 and $400 per person. The actual cost is $300. You are welcome to pay this upfront or in three installments. We are not a nonprofit, we are a network of practitioners who do this work balanced with other commitments and grassroots support makes this work sustainable for us. If you would need a scholarship to be able to participate please email [email protected] with the subject "scholarship" - scholarships are available upon request. Please propose what you would comfortably be able to pay in your scholarship request - no need to explain your circumstances. The minimum payment is $25 to cover materials and shipment. If international students incur unforeseen taxes or fees for participating, they can request reimbursement for those fees by also emailing [email protected], with the subject "reimbursement." Although our team is based in the United States, we welcome participants from around the world and have alumni from numerous countries. At this time our content and resources are all in English. You can request translation to other languages by emailing [email protected], with the subject "translation."
The bulk of this course is asynchronous / self guided with space for you to discuss the content with your learning buddy, other people in your life, or with other class participants in office hours.
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Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts here at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education.
Overview of the Content + Timeline
This course will be held in the summer of 2022 with content being posted weekly on Friday, and optional office hours being held by our teaching artists and coaches for one hour later in the week.
- Module 0: Welcome and Community Building Before the course begins you will receive our community agreements, guidance on how we address harm at bluelight academy, materials for the course, and a safety and self care plan that we encourage you to start before the content begins. This will also be a space for you to submit questions, and introduce yourselves to each other on the platform. This content is already on the platform when you register - you must complete the opening survey by May 20th.
- Module 1: Gender Binary What is the gender binary and where does it come from? Why was it designed this way? What are its legacies and impacts today? Posted on May 27th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 2: Roots of Violence What is gender based violence and how does it relate to race, class, ability, and sexuality? Who experiences violence and who perpetuates it? How do systems and institutions normalize violence? Posted on June 3rd with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 3: Power + Control How do we navigate and perpetuate gender based violence interpersonally? How does gender, power, and surveillance show up in our relationships, families, and schools? Posted on June 10th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Mid-Course Break, Community Mixer, & Alumni Database: At this point in the course you have the option to join our alumni database of people around the world who want to stay in the community, learn together, and support each other's work.
- Module 4: Nonbinary Praxis What does nonbinary mean? How can we all learn from nonbinary people and praxis? How can we analyze and strategize around power in a nonbinary way and deconstruct core binaries in anti-violence organizing? Posted on June 24th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 5: Consent What is consent? Where does it come from and how could it restructure our social practices? How can we each practice consent in all aspects of our lives? Posted on July 1st with office hours on this topic held the following week.
- Module 6: Healing + Justice What is healing and what can it look like? What are some of the challenges and pitfalls in anti-violence movements and strategies? How can we practice care, reduce harm, and seek justice? Posted on July 8th with office hours on this topic held the following week.
Closing Reflection: You are invited to share an optional reflection on your learning journey with our team and the community in response to any of the following prompts. Reflections from course alumni are integrated throughout the course. Due by July 24th.
- Learning: WRITE, SPEAK, SING, DRAW or COMPOSE something that connects to a key learning you had during the course.
- Growth: celebrate your growth by engaging in nature and physically planting something in honor of that and sharing more about what growth you’re honoring.
- Connection: keep the momentum of connection going by crafting a commitment to yourself and your community.