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Authentic Allyship: Celebrating Black History Month

February 27, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


During this training, participants will learn about allyship, how you can be a contributing, authentic ally in the racial justice movement and how to promote justice within your organization. Shaplaie Brooks will take a deep dive into being trauma-informed, considering examples from modern media and participants’ own experiences. At the end of the training, attendees will have steps to take for their own activism and find their place within the racial justice movement.

During this session, participants will learn:

– Learn strategies for anti-racism that promote organizational change.

– Understand the concept of being trauma-informed and how to practice this at your organization.

– Learn the difference between performative and authentic allyship, and how to practice authentic allyship.

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Application for social work continuing education units has been submitted. Please contact Nina Walat for the status of social work CE accreditation,



About the presenter: Shaplaie Brooks owner/operator of Beyond DEI, LLC and has trained, provided technical assistance and strategic planning to the boards and staff of many nonprofit organizations. Shaplaie is also the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. The Commission is tasked with providing annual recommendations to nineteen state entities to address the inequities in policy and service provision to LGBTQ youth. Previous to this position, she served as the BUILD Program Director (a program of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.)

Shaplaie has a wealth of experience working with children and families, including over 10 years in the child welfare system serving multiple states. She assisted in writing the Law Enforcement Guidelines for the BPD, and has trained the DA’s office, DCF and other state agencies. She has also served as advisor to the Dorchester District Courts.

Shaplaie is a fervent advocate of serving the marginalized within the marginalized, and has worked with cisgender boys, transgender, and nonbinary youth who were at high risk and or victims of CSEC(Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children). In 2021, Shaplaie Brooks collaborated with the Commission on a report exposing pervasive threats to safety, wellbeing, and permanency faced by LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system and providing critical recommendations to the Department of Children and Families. Shaplaie is also one of the founders of a youth coalition to address the concerns within the child welfare system in Massachusetts.


Cancellation Policy: Reimbursement only for cancellations received at least 5 business days before the event.

Confirmation Policy: We only send confirmations via email. Please email Nina Walat at nwalat@providers.org or 508.598.9679 if you do not receive a confirmation email.


February 27, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Online via Zoom