Identity & Intersectionality
Cultural identity is a part of a person’s self-conception and self-perception. Intersectionality is a way of understanding and analyzing the complexity of our identities and the human experience. Our identities, race, gender, sexuality, faith are not singular, rather they are mutually influencing ways of knowing and being. Intersectionality helps to better understand that social inequality and our social relationships are not determined by a single axis, but work collectively and influence each other. Coaching Imperative helps BIPOC populations navigate microaggressions, racial battle fatigue, and imposter syndrome by cultivating cultural wealth and utilizing emotional intelligence and principles of organizing.
Community Cultural Wealth
Coaching Imperative works with individuals and communities to foster awareness and understanding of cultural wealth. Community cultural wealth is as an array of knowledges, skills, abilities and relations possessed and used by Communities of Color to survive and resist racism and other forms of oppression. Cultural wealth consists of Linguistic/Vernacular Capital — languages, communication skills; Aspirational Capital — hopes and dreams; Familial Capital —social and personal human resources; Social Capital –peers and other social contacts; Resistance Capital — experiences in securing equal rights and justice; Navigational Capital – skills navigating social institutions.
Organizing & Power
Coaching Imperative believes organizing is the essential skill needed in our time. Organizing involves identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership by focusing on empowerment and the responsibility to act. Organizers work with people and communities to analyze problems, create deliberate strategize to solve the issues and enable people to gain a new understanding of their interests, resources, and capacities to use resources as a collective power.
Being an Ally
Being an ally involves building relationships with oppressed groups (i.e., people of color, women, LGTBQ, low income, etc.) and challenging dominant groups, especially those to which an ally belongs. Allies take on the struggles of the times and use their privilege to benefit those who are oppressed by role modeling advocacy, amplifying the voices of the oppressed, and acknowledging that silence in the face of injustice supports systematic and structural oppression. Coaching Imperative works to help allies move beyond privilege through education, training and praxis..