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BE PRESENT EMPOWERMENT MODEL®


empowerment ModelThe Be Present Empowerment Model® is a tool for dialogue, learning and practice in addressing the impact of race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and power issues on personal and collective well-being, effectiveness and sustainability. It explores how history and social contexts of these issues get encoded within us, and then externalized through our behaviors. It supports the analysis of how these behaviors are manifested in our families, communities, and institutions – all of which comprise the systems we live in. It identifies challenges and strategies; and shares best practices and lessons learned on how to transform these systems.

Be Present Empowerment Model® guides people through three distinct stages of development:
    Know yourself outside the distress of oppression.
    Listen to others in a conscious and present state.
    Build effective relationships and sustain true alliances.


  • On the Individual Level, Be Present Empowerment Model® provides systems of support to develop skills and competencies regarding differences, learning new attitudes and behaviors for personal change. This approach addresses the challenges of people not knowing how to talk about racial and other differences; as well as the need for increasing awareness and knowledge of racism, internalized racism, white privilege, gender relations and other systems that divide. You learn how to strengthen your self knowledge and ability to question, make connections, think creatively, take risks, reflect, make choices and collaborate with others.

  • On the Inter-group Level, Be Present Empowerment Model® brings diverse people together in structured dialogues and trainings to develop relationships across differences, seek understanding, increase their leadership skills, and develop skills to effectively work together. This approach dismantles stereotypes and myths, transforms conflict and increases collaborative work. You develop skills to consciously listen to and interact with others in the present moment, build trust, deal positively with challenging issues and move beyond them to create healthy, lasting partnerships – in your home, organization, school, workplace and organization.

  • On the Institutional/Community Level, Be Present Empowerment Model® provides organizations and institutions with tools to transform their policies, procedures, practices and culture to be more equitable and inclusive. This approach addresses the need for changing the structure of and access to opportunities; reallocating critical resources; and providing incentives for actions.

For more information on the stages of the Be Present Empowerment Model, follow this link.
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