We work with groups and organizations to examine our roles in racial justice, build solidarity, and commit to long term change.

The World in Progress program typically consists of a day-long in-person workshop, plus a post-workshop resource guide to keep attendees connected and engaged with their workshop cohort.

workshops

During day-long workshops, attendees can expect to engage in a collaborative, participatory learning environment that empowers individuals to address the ways in which they promote and foster racial justice both personally and professionally. Using creative teaching methods, our workshops place individual experience at the center while establishing institutional commitments and change. Each workshop is customized to the group's common assets and challenges.


post-workshop resources

Attendees will also receive a post-workshop resource guide intended to encourage continued examination of the workshop's lessons, build collaboration, support, and solidarity across their cohort, and provide opportunities to take considerable steps towards action and change.

cohort model

Working in a cohort creates space for both individual reflection as well as interdependent leadership skills in social justice. Recognizing that racial equity is a practice, not a checklist, and that we are bound together in community and in healing, cohorts are built to serve as intentional learning communities. It is our hope that cohorts can maximize cross-organizational partnerships and collaborative support to develop lasting commitments and allies for racial justice.

Hello. It's an honor to meet you.

 

Christy NaMee Eriksen and Melissa Garcia Johnson are artists with considerable experience in racial justice, conflict studies, and community organizing. Both women are highly adept at developing strong working relationships with a variety of individuals, groups, and institutions. You can find them anywhere from poetry slams to board rooms, protest rallies to coalition meetings.

 

CHRISTY NAMEE ERIKSEN

NaMee holds a B.A. in Social Justice/Racial Justice and a Certificate in Conflict Studies, has received training from the First Alaskans Institute on the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project, and brings over 15 years of experience as a practicing artist, teaching artist, and community organizer. Her work as co-founder and President of Woosh Kinaadeiyí (a grassroots spoken word poetry group) has anchored her position as an emerging arts and community leader. In her service on the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's Board of Trustees, Ms. Eriksen was consistently dedicated to advocating for underserved groups in the Juneau community and integrating diversity, inclusion, and equity values into every practice within the organization. As an educator she naturally melds art teaching with group facilitation to develop an interactive style that has been recognized for creating safe spaces for difficult topics, including conversations on race and racism.

MELISSA GARCIA JOHNSON

Melissa holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Psychosocial Trauma and Peacebuilding, as well as a B.A. in Peace Studies with a minor in Community Engagement. Her work both internationally and in the US have called upon her skill in culturally-sensitive trauma healing and restorative justice-focused facilitation, where she seeks to hold space for individuals and communities to confront division and discord with the intention of healing complex trauma and, eventually, deepening relationships. Within the Juneau community, Ms. Garcia Johnson has sat at the table on a number of coalitions, including the Juneau Violence Prevention Coalition, the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and the Partnership for Children and Families. It is in these spaces that she seeks to deepen understanding and reflection on the unique experiences of underserved individuals while challenging organizations to think outside the box in how they serve and engage their community.