Alexis James will provide Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s (NEOEDD) next diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) events:

• White “Allyship” Roundtable and Training on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Transit Center, 2204 E Penn Ave., in La Grande. Register for the Roundtable ($25, which includes lunch) at

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project entitled “White Allyship in Close-Knit Communities” at 6 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th St. in La Grande. The Conversation Project is free and open to the public.

Description for Roundtable
As champions of social justice and practicing white allies, we have a responsibility to take a deeper look at how dominant culture and exclusion shows up in our organizations. In this session we will unpack the
concepts of whiteness and white fragility, while building practical skills to effectively interrupt exclusionary practices when they show up in our work and workplaces and continue our journey to allyship.
Learning objectives:
• Build shared context and definitions;
• Learn practical tools and approaches; and
• Normalize the act of interrupting white supremacy when it shows up in our work.

Description for Conversation Project
What does it mean to be a white ally, especially in close-knit communities? And what does it mean to have the support of white allies? What is needed from white people in our communities to move the conversation about racism—both statewide and nationally—forward in a productive and respectful way? In this conversation led by facilitator Alexis James, participants will have the chance to explore their identities, learn how to acknowledge different lived experiences without alienating friends and neighbors, and move toward action in their own communities. This conversation will set the table for bringing discussions about racism, white culture, and identity to your dining room, living room, and backyard BBQs. This conversation is open to and welcomes people of all racial backgrounds and identities.

Alexis James is a longtime educator and innovator. She supports organizations and individuals in activating contemporary responses to leadership development and employee needs through training, coaching, and team building. As a former classroom teacher, she is an engaging and empathetic trainer at meetings, board trainings, and mediations. This programming provided with assistance from Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust