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About Team Liberation

What is Team Liberation?

Team Liberation is a student-led group of trained human relations facilitators that offers workshops, training, and facilitation services for Oregon State University and local communities. In an interactive and inclusive way, our workshops include attention to issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, ableism, religious intolerance, political difference, institutional power, body image, communication and community & leadership development. Team Liberation facilitators have received over forty hours of intensive training, followed by additional peer mentoring in facilitation with diverse groups on campus and in the community. As a student-fee funded organization, the opportunity for training with Team Liberation is offered free for OSU students and at a small fee for faculty, staff, and community members.

Why “Liberation”?

Liberation is “a movement seeking equal rights and status for a group.” It is also a state of being. We as facilitators are seeking to help people liberate themselves from the thought-patterns and actions of social systems of oppression in which they have been immersed. We seek to manifest the change that we seek in the world—that everyone, inclusive of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, age, or ability, has an equal opportunity to grow, thrive and live with dignity and respect.

What We Do

Team Liberation facilitates experiential exercises and process learning methods to provide the following:

  • Communication and Relationship Building. An initial goal of human relations facilitations is to create a safe and supportive environment conducive to open and honest dialogue.
  • Raising Awareness. With the proper atmosphere created, a facilitation or workshop can encourage participants to expand their awareness of the impact of different social circumstances on individuals and groups.
  • Education and Training. Workshops can also challenge participants' assumptions about individuals and groups. It also provides opportunities to develop new strategies for care in daily interactions.
  • Consensus/Buy-In and Community Development. Finally, group facilitation works to aid group members in recognizing and actively valuing each others' contributions to the shared environment. This layer can include development of group goals and action plans.

Each workshop is custom designed for the participant group to match the group's needs and goals, based upon interviews with the group organizer and using the knowledge and experience of the facilitators involved.

E-mail or call us at 541 737-9857 to discuss the needs of your group.