What you will learn:

The course begins with Fanshen sharing the origin story of her name and how it connects to both how she perceives the world, and others perceive her. Participants are then encouraged to share their own stories - especially looking at perspectives related to DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility).

Together we will then build a common understanding of current terms and concepts around DEIA. The concepts include: racial/class/gender identity, invisible identity, intersectionality, privilege, whiteness, white fragility and using storytelling in pursuit of social justice.

We complete the course by sharing specific examples of tangible actions that can be taken in our personal lives, at work and in the world to help make positive and lasting change together and individually.

About the instructor:

Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox has dedicated her life and carreer to contributing to social change through storytelling and other actions. As the EVP of Development and Impact at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street Films, Fanshen co-authored the Inclusion Rider, announced by Francess McDormand at the 2018 Oscar Awards, and now adopted for use by production companies and studios in Hollywood, and the fashion and music industries. She also co-created and co-hosts the Webby-nominated podcast Sista Brunch which highlights Black women and non-binary people thriving in media and entertainment. Fanshen continues this work now as President of TruJuLo Productions - dedicated to uplifting stories that speak truth in pursuit of justice in service of love.

Fanshen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships, an Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media award by Media Done Responsibly and Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film and Theatre.
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Suggested Length:180 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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