Fundamentals of Anti-Oppression in Community

5-Week Online Course | Resuming in 2023

Everyone deserves access to safe communities. Identify best practices for anti-oppression work and support others in fostering inclusive communities that are welcoming of people across identities of race, LGBTQ, gender, and disability.

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Continue the journey toward encouraging and honoring diversity within your community.

Are you a community leader or diversity team member who is ready to take diversity work in your community to the next level? Have you explored your own identity and are now ready to support others in learning about privilege, bias, and microaggressions?

Join author and coach, Crystal Byrd Farmer to learn strategies and best practices for bringing anti-oppression work to your community.

This course is designed as the next level of training for people who have participated in an earlier course with Crystal or another DEI instructor, or who have done considerable self-study and reflection on the topic. By the end of this “train the trainer” course, you’ll feel confident in your ability to support others in their learning and serve as an influence within the communities you are part of. 

You will leave this course with…

  • The ability to create safer and more welcoming spaces for marginalized people
  • An understanding of how to center social justice as a key value in your community
  • Skills to create a diversity team and introduce The Work to your community
  • The ability to plan workshops, discussions, and policy meetings related to diversity
  • An understanding of how identity impacts your meetings, celebrations, and daily interactions
  • The ability to gather feedback from marginalized people inside and outside your community
  • The ability to celebrate diverse people without tokenizing
  • Knowledge of how to set up accountability processes related to harm in your community
  • A list of accommodations that support marginalized people living and working together
  • The ability to handle conflicts related to doing diversity work
  • And understanding of how to deliver a basic two-hour diversity training
Anti-Oppression in Community, Consensus 101, Consensus 201, Facilitation for Cooperative Groups. Working Constructively with Conflict, Designing a Membership Process, Communication that Works, Becoming a Communitarian, Legal Basics, Sociocracy Demystified and Cohousing Community course image

Meet Your Instructor

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Crystal Byrd Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer is an engineer turned educator from Gastonia, North Carolina. She is an organizer and speaker in the intentional communities movement. She serves as a board member with the Foundation for Intentional Communities and is on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine published by the Global Ecovillage Network-United States. She also serves as an organizer for the BIPOC Intentional Community Council. Her book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization is out now. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world..

The Online Course Experience

Live Interactive Sessions

Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.

Journey with a Cohort

Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.

Deep Learning

Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.

Course Syllabus

  • Class 1: Preparing for the Work
  • Class 2: Recruiting and Accommodations
  • Class 3: Types of diversity work
  • Class 4: Harm and accountability
  • Class 5: Train the trainer

Course Schedules

All classes will be recorded and viewable with other class materials for up to 3 weeks after the last class. Live classes will be hosted via Zoom.
Please click on the month below to view the respective class dates and times.

May-June 2022

May-June 2022

  • 5/12/22
  • 5/19/22
  • 5/26/22
  • 6/2/22
  • 6/9/22

All classes are on Thursdays from 12-2pm Pacific / 1-3pm Mountain / 2-4pm Central / 3-5pm Eastern

August-September 2022

August-September 2022

  • 8/6/22
  • 8/13/22
  • 8/20/22
  • 8/27/22
  • 9/3/22

All classes are on Saturdays from from 9-11am Pacific / 10am-12pm Mountain / 11am-1pm Central / 12-2pm Eastern


This course was a great way to connect with others and feel less isolated in my experiences. It also offered insights into identities I don’t inhabit that will help me understand others more and be a better ally. 

– Fatima Hirsi

I’m strongly encouraging other people in our community to attend the next session. The class was so well organized and I appreciated the variety of topics covered from BIPOC to disabilities-related issues. Crystal packs a lot of material into a short time, offering practical suggestions that we can put in practice in our mainly white community. I found the resources and homework to be really useful and insightful. I feel that I gained a much deeper understanding of how white supremacy lives in me and how I can grow and evolve in my relationships with non-majority-culture people.

Hope Horton

Participating in this course was the most important thing I’ve done this year. Crystal’s presentation was organized, moving and real. We covered how to prepare our community & ourselves for relating with and creating safety for members of multiple abilities, races, identities, ages and ethnicities; mistakes to avoid & tools for conflict resolution. The additional resources will be my ongoing project.

Kathleen Biernat

Really valuable space to talk about topics that we sometimes avoid or are not sure how to talk about! Emphasis on ICs makes it particularly relevant. The discussion about ‘self-appointed white ally’ and allyship vs. accomplice moved my understanding forward; appreciated and was challenged by some of the discussions around disability, in particular about mental health. LOVED the resources (articles and videos).

Karen Cowgill

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2023 Course Waiting List

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Need financial support to attend a course?

Apply for a scholarship. Those with low-income and from marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. FIC is committed to ensuring everyone has access to intentional community learning opportunities.