Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities
5-Week Online Course | Starts August 27
Learn how to foster an inclusive community that is welcoming of people across identities of race, LGBTQ, gender, and disability. Let author and coach, Crystal Byrd Farmer, lead you and your group through the critical journey of making transformative change toward real inclusion.
Break down barriers and build an intentional community rooted in social justice with the help of this online course.
You want to welcome people from all walks of life into your community, but how do you do it? How do you talk to your majority-white peers about making anti-racist changes? Where will you recruit people across identities of race, LGBTQ, gender, and disability? In what ways do you yourself uphold oppressive systems?
Crystal Farmer is an accessible guide is for all well-meaning people who acknowledge the need for diversity but don’t know where to start. She will lead you and your group through the critical journey of making transformative change toward real inclusion.
People of all ethnicities and community experience are encouraged to join this online course.
Key Course Outcomes
- Recognize and counter white supremacy culture
- Navigate power dynamics related to identity
- Communicate across cultural divides
- Reach out to people from different backgrounds
- Resolve conflicts dealing with identity
- Learn the basics of implicit bias and microaggressions
- Understand how different aspects of identity affect our experience of community
- Understand the concept of masking/passing/code switching that is the everyday experience of marginalized people
- Learn the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation
- Learn about hidden disabilities and neurodiversity
- Understand how policies can support instead of alienate marginalized people
Meet Your Instructor
Crystal Byrd Farmer is the author of The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. She is a North Carolina native active in the cohousing and polyamorous communities. An engineer turned educator, she speaks and writes about ways communities can be more welcoming to people of all kinds of backgrounds. Crystal is the website editor for Black & Poly, an organization promoting healthy polyamorous relationships for people of color. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Intentional Community and on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine. 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.
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.
Loved by Community Builders
The online course experience with FIC was life changing for me. I finally got the information about intentional communities that I’d been searching for, plus I met people from around the world who are of like-minds. I feel that much closer to joining or building my dream community!
– Sarah Lynn
I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC sessions combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the sessions by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.
– Claire Ogden
What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!
– Terri Garcia
Live classes for the August course will take place each week from noon-2pm Eastern on Fridays.
You will also have access to three live Bonus Sessions on relevant topics with guest speakers and facilitators scheduled at various times throughout the weeks. Please view the calendar below. All classes and Bonus Session recordings are viewable afterwards.
Sample Bonus Session Topics:
- Neurodiversity in Community: an Introduction to Autistic Inclusion
- Reparations, Reparatory Justice & Community Land Trusts
- How Housing Policies of the Past Impact Intentional Communities Today
- Decolonized Communication
- Community Processes for Addressing Harm
- Authentic Self-Expression as a Foundation for Community
Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities
Learn how to foster an inclusive community that is welcoming of people across identities of race, LGBTQ, gender, and disability.
Duration: 5 Weeks (3+ hours/week)
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.