Womxn of Color Happy Hour: Revealing the Ways White Womxn Perpetuate Racism in Baltimore's Workforce
Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Womxn of Color Happy Hour: Revealing the Ways White Womxn Perpetuate Racism in Baltimore's Workforce

Following the 2017 election, we learned of the now infamous 53% of white womxn who voted for the current President. Rarely do conversations about race and gender focus on the powerful and harmful roles white womxn play in upholding white supremacy in places of employment, business, schools, etc. We want to have that conversation in order to continue disrupting systems that marginalize womxn of color. Please join us for a brave, intimate space to fellowship with womxn of color and openly discuss the intersections of race, gender, and identity in the workplace.

This happy hour series is FREE with complimentary beverages and food. Joyell Arvella (She/Her) will be facilitating the happy hour on September 11th.

We are thankful to KSM Candle Co for hosting this event! All participants will have an opportunity to shop their candles and home goods from local Baltimore artists.

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Protected Femininity: Moving Black and Brown Communities from Punitive to Transformative
Oct
10
3:00 PM15:00

Protected Femininity: Moving Black and Brown Communities from Punitive to Transformative

This is an intimate design thinking session for The Restorative Celia Project (RCP). We will work together to think through and flesh out the scope and model for RCP in order to disrupt address rape culture with an intersectional lens.

Refreshments will be provided. Participants will also have an opportunity to shop candles and home goods made by local Baltimore artists.

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StartingBloc NY'19
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

StartingBloc NY'19

StartingBloc focuses on cultivating leadership that is more bold, innovative, and connected. We bring in speakers from across industries and sectors who are making waves and effecting change through their passions. The Institute is inspiring, transformative, and rated highly for its value.

harp + sword will be facilitating a day of content on equity and transformative justice. Make sure you apply today!

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VM 31 Finale Honorary Speaker
Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

VM 31 Finale Honorary Speaker

Volunteer Maryland builds stronger, healthier communities by developing volunteer programs with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The program’s vision is that all Marylanders will participate in and value service as a way of life to enrich and empower community, society, and self.

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Talk Back "When They See Us"
Jul
10
to Jul 31

Talk Back "When They See Us"

  • 1219 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21217 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join No Boundaries and Community Law in Action's Just Kids Campaign on every Wednesday in July at Orion at Fillmore 1101 Fillmoe street Baltimore, MD 21218 episode 3 July 24th, and episode 4 July 31st of the Netflix series, "When They See Us".

The series by writer, producer, and director Ava DuVernay has received international acclaim for chronicling the story of the tragic "Central Park Five" case about five teenage boys of color from Harlem who were wrongly convicted in 1989 and their 25 year fight for justice.

Afterwards, we will have a panel discussion about the current relevance of this film and the role we can all play in fighting these types of injustices.

The event is from 5:30- 8 p.m.

Please arrive early for a preferred seat. Refreshments will be served

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Horizontal Hostility Skill Share w/ Joyell Arvella
Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Horizontal Hostility Skill Share w/ Joyell Arvella

Here is a taste of what you'll get at this Skill Share!

Check out the Comm+University Podcast interview on Horizontal Hostility.

Skill Share Description: So often, social justice and diversity spaces focus on the actions of white people that we rarely examine how people of color perpetuate the same actions against each other. Join us for a facilitated discussion on horizontal hostility between people of color.

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StartingBloc RDU'19
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

StartingBloc RDU'19

StartingBloc focuses on cultivating leadership that is more bold, innovative, and connected. We bring in speakers from across industries and sectors who are making waves and effecting change through their passions. The Institute is inspiring, transformative, and rated highly for its value.

harp + sword will be facilitating a day of content on equity and transformative justice. Make sure you apply today!

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Common Field Performing Identity: Artist + Curator + Activist
Apr
25
to Apr 28

Common Field Performing Identity: Artist + Curator + Activist

  • Friends Center of Philadelphia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Imposter syndrome is especially rampant for creatives and activists of color who are constantly giving parts of themselves for public consumption. In a world where the personal is political; How do artists, activists, curators, and cultural producers navigate through intersectional oppression to honor their lived stories while creating new narratives? 

In this panel, Khadija Nia Adell, Joyell Arvella, Precious Blake and Ashley DeHoyos share their experiences working in various creative sectors - nonprofits, galleries, academic institutions, and justice movements. The panelists explore how they’ve used artistic, emotional, and spiritual practices to discover and protect their authentic selves while combating racial and gender trauma in and outside of systems upheld by white supremacy. This kitchen table conversation unpacks how each panelist has explored identity-based healing practices that move them from surviving to thriving.

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Waking Up White Workshop
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

Waking Up White Workshop

This is the second part of a series helping church members explore the role of whiteness in their community. In partnership with Cadoux Consulting, harp + sword will facilitate a reflection experience on the past year and how to set goals for individual and community growth.

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StartingBloc Institute LA'19
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

StartingBloc Institute LA'19

StartingBloc focuses on cultivating leadership that is more bold, innovative, and connected. We bring in speakers from across industries and sectors who are making waves and effecting change through their passions. The Institute is inspiring, transformative, and rated highly for its value.

harp + sword will be facilitating a day of content on equity and transformative justice. Make sure you apply today!

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Seattle DiscNW Ego Trippin: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

Seattle DiscNW Ego Trippin: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority

This training is designed by Cadoux Consulting and harp + sword for participants who already have an understanding of institutional and structural racism. Space in this training is limited to 50 people, 25 white people and 25 people of color. Embedded in this training is a caucus space, where participants of similar race backgrounds can process how internalized superiority or inferiority shows up for them. If the ratio of white people to people of color is substantially weighted towards white people, we will focus only on how internalized superiority shows up in white people.

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The Goal Digger Workshop
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

The Goal Digger Workshop

SophisticatedChic Brand, LLC will once again be inviting like-minded, women creatives and entrepreneurs to come together and discuss their goals and aspirations at The Goal Digger Workshop! This workshop was created around a vision and encourages women entrepreneurs all over to never stop dreaming. 

We will dive into topics like, marketing, branding, social media, work-life balance and more to not just inspire and motivate but educate emerging and aspiring women entrepreneurs on how to walk in their purpose and create their own opportunities.

We encourage you to take notes. We want everyone to leave feeling inspired, fulfilled and fired up for their journey to success with their vision board in hand. We want to create a comfortable space for any woman in need of a little motivation and push in the right direction. The workshop attendees will not just walk away feeling inspired but will have an actual visual to keep them motivated and on track to accomplishing their personal + business goals.

Of course, there will be food and drinks! And don’t forget your business cards because we want everyone to collaborate with each other to help bring others’ visions to life too. Are you ready? 

Panelists:

Jessica Ornsby @dmv_lawyer

Tatum Harrison @tatumtemia

Joyell Arvella @lavenderwomanist

Krystal Franklin @krystalfranklintv

Beverly Beal @lifeinbeverlyheels

Shatiea Blount @eyeinme

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Mother Muse's Community Dinner: Femininity
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Mother Muse's Community Dinner: Femininity

Mother Muse’s first dinner will be centered around femininity, how today's society views both femininity and masculinity in todays society, and how both m*n and wom*n can embrace this in their every day lives. Joyell Arvella, founder of harp + sword will be leading the evening and creating an intentional safe space for courageous dialogue while we enjoy a homemade meal, made with ingredients from local businesses. On the menu is stuffed acorn squash, salad, sides (vegetables from Moon Valley Farm), wine from Basignani Vineyard, and tea from Wight Tea Co. Accommodations can be made for vegetarian and vegan options.

Donations will go towards harp + sword's day retreat, rooted. harp + sword is a consulting agency using restorative justice to advance racial and gender equity impacting women and girls of color. Joyell will also be taking over our Instagram the week before the dinner to give us insight into this topic.

**Guests will also be entered in a giveaway filled with products from small businesses and makers such as EaarthBones and Wight Tea Co.**

This group will be kept intentionally small, so please register early! Address and meal preference will be sent after RSVPing. 

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October Meeting: Restorative Justice with Harp + Sword
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

October Meeting: Restorative Justice with Harp + Sword

Joyell Arvella will be facilitating a training on Restorative Justice for grassroots organizers based in Baltimore. This is an intentional space for Millennial + Gen Z women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to come together and discuss our social justice activism, learn, network, skill share, and build community. Every month there is a different theme covering any topic related to social justice.

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Radical Self-Healing and Papercutting Workshop
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Radical Self-Healing and Papercutting Workshop

Join us for an evening of facilitated discussions on healing from individual and collective traumas with Joyell Arvella (harp + sword) and learn to create your own paper cut design for healing with Master papercut artist, Annie Howe (Annie Howe Papercuts). All materials will be provided for this interactive and safe space workshop. Wine will be provided and you are encouraged to bring your own beverage of choice to toast to our healing as a community. 

Space is limited. RSVP with the link provided.

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Mount St. Mary University - Ego Trippin: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority
Aug
13
9:00 AM09:00

Mount St. Mary University - Ego Trippin: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority

harp + sword is partnering with Cadoux Consulting to provide a customized version of Ego Trippin: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority. This workshop will allow incoming students to hold up a mirror to them, examine their identities, and determine what they need to have safe space on Mount St. Mary University's campus. Students will engage in a re-education of racial and gender justice terminology, anti-blackness, whiteness, power, and intersectionality. 

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Towson University Housing & Residence Life: Sitting at the Kitchen Table
Aug
2
3:30 PM15:30

Towson University Housing & Residence Life: Sitting at the Kitchen Table

Sitting at the Kitchen Table will use restorative justice approaches to hold space for all participants to examine their internalized privilege and marginalization, analyze the cycles of racial socialization, and work to better understand how vulnerability and trust are key components of having safe, but difficult, conversations in the workplace.

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Joy & Liberation
Jul
31
12:00 PM12:00

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Joy & Liberation

Joyell Arvella, J.D., is the founder of harp + sword, a consulting firm and womanism brand that uses restorative justice principles to advance racial and gender equity. As a Black woman, racial and gender justice strategist, and healer she is committed to helping her communities reclaim their power with joy and liberation. Join Joyell for an interactive lunch and learn session on how to navigate impostor syndrome, internalized racism and sexism, and unconscious bias.

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Towson University's Ujima Black Student Solidarity Retreat: Sitting at the Kitchen Table
Jul
27
3:30 PM15:30

Towson University's Ujima Black Student Solidarity Retreat: Sitting at the Kitchen Table

Sitting at the Kitchen Table engages participants in a series of re-education activities that may include: 1) defining solidarity, allyship within Black communities, toxic masculinity, intersectionality, respectability politics, anti-blackness, racism, sexism, queerness; 2) and how to use different communication tools to hold safe spaces for themselves 

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Understanding the Role of Racial Equity in Education: CSC Summer Institute 2018
Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Understanding the Role of Racial Equity in Education: CSC Summer Institute 2018

Joyell Arvella from harp + sword will facilitate a racial equity workshop for Community School Coordinator Summer Institute participants. This experience will be presented in an interactive workshop format to: (1) engage in self-reflection; (2) develop shared language on racism, equity, and intersectionality in the U.S. education systems; (3) explore how internalized anti-blackness and whiteness individually manifests; and (4) provide resources for participants to begin drafting personal action plans of accountability.

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Intersectional Gender/Race Training for USAU Board
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Intersectional Gender/Race Training for USAU Board

The term implicit bias has been popularized in national conversations about race and racism. People of all races have implicit bias, but how does it manifest? Making racial bias visible is the first step to interrupting it. Board members will be guided through a deeper understanding about race, gender, and intersectionality, how it shows up in the ultimate community, and how you can recognize your own biases. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to craft a strategic action plan.

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Jump At De Sun | An Evening for Zora Neale Hurston
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Jump At De Sun | An Evening for Zora Neale Hurston

This Juneteenth join us for a fun evening embracing all that Zora Neale Hurston was and is for people. While enjoying delicious tapas and drinks we will discuss: her latest book, Barracoon, how she lived unapologetically, and how we can do the same. If you love all things Zora Neale Hurston, come out and connect with other folx in Baltimore! 


*Drinks and Tapas are available for individual purchase at Sangria, a new patio bar and lounge in Mount Vernon.

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What is your Resistance Story: Using Storytelling to Discuss Racism with Youth and Young Adults
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

What is your Resistance Story: Using Storytelling to Discuss Racism with Youth and Young Adults

During this workshop, the facilitators will guide the participants through a series of restorative justice techniques, discussions, and self-reflection exercises to strengthen their understanding of racial justice in Baltimore City. Using a storytelling model, participants will think critically about the way their world has been constructed and how that affects their individual experiences. Finally, participants will craft their resistance story.

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Disc New York Implicit Biases Training 2018
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Disc New York Implicit Biases Training 2018

The term implicit bias has been popularized in national conversations about race and racism. People of all races have implicit bias, but how does it manifest? Making racial bias visible is the first step to interrupting it. Join DiscNY to develop a deeper understanding of what implicit racial bias is, how it shows up in the ultimate community, and how you can recognize your own biases. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to craft a personal action plan.

The training will take place on Sunday, May 13 from 6-9 pm led by Zara Cadoux and Joyell Arvella. Zara and Joyell have many years of expertise in leading Implicit Bias trainings, as well as in other areas of Racial Justice. All are welcome!

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Ego Trippin Part I: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Ego Trippin Part I: Examining Internalized Racial Infer/Superiority

Ego Trippin uses restorative practices principles to shift the spotlight to us as individuals and how we have been indoctrinated into adopting subconscious ideals that affect how we view others, live our lives, and choose to interact with people we may see as different from us. Throughout the sessions, we will hold space for all participants to examine our own internalized privilege and marginalization, analyze the cycles of racial socialization, and work to better understand our roles in perpetuating racial divides, limitations, and stereotypes. 

This workshop is limited to 16 participants; 8 people of color and 8 white people. While most of the workshop will be an interracial dialogue, there will also be intra-racial caucus space to process. Participants should have a basic understanding of structural and cultural racism. Readings and writing activities will be assigned to guide our group dialogues prior to the workshop. Participants will each develop an Awareness & Internal Action Plan for continued growth and reflection.

This workshop will be facilitated by Joyell Arvella (harp + sword) and Zara Cadoux (Cadoux Consulting). Light refreshments and materials will be provided. The address will be shared upon registration.

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