Pre-Conference Training

Since 2014, Take Root has offered a pre-conference training to provide an opportunity for a more intense learning experience focused specifically on strategies for activism. The pre-conference training typically has a limited number of spots and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Past facilitators of the pre-conference training include Young People For, CoreAlign, and Be Present.  

Check back here in the fall for more information about the 2018 Pre-Conference Training!

Participants after the Be Present Pre-Conference Training at the 2016 Take Root Conference

The 2017 Take Root Pre-Conference Training featured two tracks to meet the needs of students and organizers with a variety of experiences:

Option 1: Be Present: Leading Collaboratively at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class & Power: Collaborative leadership, by its use of an open process and its support of open-ended dialogue, builds trust among people. Whether your reproductive justice work involves building effective relationships with community members, service providers, policymakers, and/or coalitions, this interactive, experiential training introduces the Be Present Empowerment Model©, a leadership development process for collaborating across issues and building capacity for social justice activism. Strengthen skill in three leadership realms and learn tools for addressing intersecting issues and sustaining partnerships among people with different backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints, values, and needs. You can learn more about Be Present, Inc. at

Option 2: Theatre of the Oppressed: Theatre of the Oppressed is a set of techniques developed by the late Brazilian director and activist Augusto Boal. His techniques have been used in many applications: popular education, social work, community development, therapy, and activism. Theatre of the Oppressed is an interactive, physical and playful tool used to investigate situations in which we are denied our basic rights, personally and collectively. Boal’s techniques use a core of game playing: over 200 well crafted, vetted, and facilitated games that asks participants to: stretch the limits of their
imagination, de-mechanize their habitual behaviors, and deconstruct and analyze societal power structures. Plus, it builds community and connection by having FUN! Join us to explore the games, the techniques, and meet/play with other conference attendees for a workshop you won’t forget! Be sure to wear clothes you can move comfortably in, and a mind ready to play!