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Designing Communities for Inclusivity [2-part Training]

September 29, 2021


4:00 PM

6:00 PM


Sep 29 & Oct 1 | 4-6pm Eastern

Designing Communities for Inclusivity

Join author and coach, Crystal Farmer, for a 2-part intensive training on how to build diversity and inclusion into your intentional community.

Are you a community leader or committee member interested in helping your community do The Work for diversity and inclusion? Join this two-part training for strategies and practical tools to help your community recruit people from different backgrounds, write inclusive policies, and respond to challenging situations related to diversity.

Key outcomes of this training:

  • Write inclusive policies that are flexible and responsive
  • Plan for success by identifying your “tokens” and “resistors”
  • Learn strategies to resolve conflicts without alienating members
  • Create safe spaces for marginalized people
  • Facilitate trainings and discussions with an eye for inclusion and equity

“Crystal is competent and direct at addressing what I think are the most important considerations for affordable and inclusive intentional living spaces going forward. The middle-class white “normative” home ownership model of cohousing is wonderful for those already privileged in our culture’s financial systems to help them create less isolation and a sense of community – I’m thrilled it is an option for them. But it does NOT represent the equitable and progressive housing needs of the future if we are to thrive as a diverse collective…. Crystal really ignited more pragmatic hope and commitment in me and that is PRICELESS!”

– Aine Dee

Training Faciliator

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Crystal Byrd Farmer

Crystal 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 former 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.


Training–Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Your Community 9/29 & 10/1

Starting From $20.00

Date: September 29th & October 1st

Time: 4-6pm ET (see your local time)

Select a donation level below to register for both workshop dates.

BIPOC folx: Please contact us at [email protected] to request a scholarship.

You’ll receive an email about how to join on Zoom (please check your spam folder). Everyone who registers will receive the event recording, so don’t worry about missing a thing!



The Online Event Experience


Live Zoom Sessions

Nothing pre-recorded here! When you sign-up for an event with FIC, you’ll have the opportunity to join a live session on Zoom with the event presenter/facilitator and other participants.

Affordable and Accessible

All our events are run on a sliding scale basis. Generous donations cover the costs for low-income attendees. FIC is committed to making our programs accessible to people of all walks of life.

Watch the Recording

You’ll receive the recording of your event to view for up to one month (unless otherwise noted). So don’t worry if you can’t attend a live session. Watch or listen whenever it is convenient for you.

Loved by Community Builders

Teri’s presence, warmth, poise, experience and clarity. I quickly felt at ease and confident that she knew what she was talking about, and could share the material effectively, while also managing the group format. – Jeffrey B

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

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops 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

$20 – $65

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