540, Inc Director Adds New Courses to Anti-racism Practice

Founder and Executive Director Calvin Eaton started a Antiracism, Diversity and Inclusion Practice in 2018 and so far feedback and practice has been phenomenal.

Clients for 2018 included Monroe Community College Americorps,
540WMain Communiversity, Aria Strategies, LLC, Urban League of Rochester and Planned Parenthood. With many more on the docket for 2019.


(new classes highlighted yellow)


Understanding Structural Racism (2hr)

This workshop unpacks the components and meaning of structural racism in the United States and how the system continues to oppress marginalized voices in present day.
Three pillars of structural racism, its historical context, and how they affect persons of color in Rochester and beyond will be the foundation of this class which will include a mix of Q&A, presentation, and group learning:

  • Housing
  • Prison System
  • Political Systems

Understanding White Fragility (2hr)

This workshop unpacks the premise and concept of white privilege through the lense of Black Americans and persons of color. What does white privilege mean?
How does it guise and manifest itself to perpetuate racism at the individual, organizational and systemic levels?
How can white people understand the theoretical language of white privilege and their complicity in it whether intentional or not.

Intro to Implicit & Unconscious Bias In Professional Settings (2hr)

This course will teach employees of all levels how to understand implicit bias at a personal and social level and leverage this understanding in a way that will allow you to decrease instances of microaggressions and other covert racist tendencies in your workplace and everyday life. This class is geared towards professionals.

Creating a Positive Workplace Climate For Diversity (2hr)

This course is designed for administrators, managers, leaders and department heads and explores how to create a workplace that fosters cooperation, trust, respect and humility for all cultures and groups. Ideals like inclusive language, inclusive policy setting, opening the decision making table, humility language, and more will be explored in the areas of sex diversity, race and ethnic diversity, limiting microagressions in your workplace and more.

White Americans Are Ethnic Too! (2hrs)

This tongue and cheek course explores the concepts and constructs of ethnocentrism, ethnicity, race and culture and unpacks the notion of whiteness as a culture and a standard that is detrimental to difference. Ethnicity and culture from a global and all person lens is explored. The foundation of the course posits that all people regardless of race are ethnic and this course aims to dispel the cultural proliferation of “ethnic” as meaning non-white or other.

K-12 & Higher Education

Intro to Teaching in Culturally Diverse Classrooms (2.5hr)

This course teaches participants how to embrace the diversity of all students, in explicit and implicit ways. Create inclusive lesson plans, classroom climate, and explore the cultures of all students in meaningful and genuine ways, as well as classroom culture and design that is inclusive of students of all abilities, backgrounds, skin tones and more.

Creating a Positive Classroom Climate For Diversity (2hr)

This class is designed for educators at all levels that teach students in classrooms and explores how to create a positive classroom culture and environments that incorporate the expressions but still celebrates the differences of all students regardless of their background. Implicit bias, explicit bias, collaboration and the concept of space and place are explored and participants will leave with goals and guidelines to apply immediately and overtime in their specific teaching spaces.

What Next?

If you are an organization, group, school, or corporate entity looking to improve your internal diversity practices through hands on learning based workshops and courses submit the webform below:

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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