Published: November 27, 2017   Updated: November 27, 2017

A live interview (recorded on May 19, 2017) with Tanya O. Williams a social justice educator and facilitator. Tanya has worked in the field of higher education for over 20 years focusing on social justice, diversity, and inclusion both in the classroom and beyond. Hosted by Meg Bolger and Sam Killermann of FacilitatingXYZ. Learn more about Tanya at her website Authentic Coaching & Consulting.

Show Index

Who is Tanya O. Williams?
What early experiences did Tayna have with facilitation? 
Are there experiences from Tanya’s childhood that inform her facilitation now? 
What’s Tanya’s first memory (formal or informal) of facilitating? 
What are the differences Tanya sees in how diversity work is being done at Texas A&M now compared to her experience as a student there? 
What kind of work does Tanya do now? 
What jumps out to Tanya as the ways she’s grown and changed over her facilitation career? 
How did Tanya learn to manage her facilitator self-talk? 
What has Meg noticed that is different about facilitating at her alma mater, 5 years out of undergrad? 
What are some other things Tanya does to take care of herself as an introvert facilitator? 
How does Tanya navigate co-facilitation as an introverted facilitator? 
What are some misconceptions about introverted facilitators?
How does Tanya use the phrase “I’m reading xyz and I invite people to correct me” in her facilitations and how can people manage their fear of inviting that correction?
How does Tanya navigate the fear of inviting correction? (Continued) 
How often does Tanya do training of trainers?
How does Tanya help new facilitators let go of the need to be an “expert”? 
What are Tanya’s thoughts on “facilitator neutrality”?
How does Tanya approach training of trainers in a socially just way?
What else is needed to help new facilitators move beyond the myth of neutrality? 
What does Tanya mean by “internalized domination” and “internalized subordination”? 
What helped Tanya get to a place where she doesn’t “need” anything from a group? 
What is Tanya’s understanding of her hippocratic oath. 
What facilitation tools does Tanya reach for when someone thinks that social justice is about making them feel bad?
What’s the different between giving someone a platform to say oppressive stuff and knowing listening is such a powerful practice? 
What does Tanya do that is against the expectations of facilitators that goes really well? 
How do you express emotions in a facilitation space without centering yourself and making participants take care of you?
Is there anything Tanya knows about bringing emotions into the room that she would share with all facilitators? 
What are times where identity shows up in facilitation that all facilitators can pay attention to? 
Are you allowed to notice identity in a workshop/training? 
One of the struggles Tanya has with the social justice community, that there is one way to be. 

Rapid Fire Questions

Three words for facilitation
One ground rule for the entire world that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
What do you still need to be reminded of as a facilitator?
What do you do right before a facilitation and right after?
What is a piece of facilitation advice for your 5-years-ago-self?
What stresses you out as a facilitator and how do you handle that stress?
What’s a unique place that you’ve facilitated?
What’s a non-facilitation related experience every facilitator should have?
What books do you recommend most to others?
Online resource recommendations. 
Piece of advice for everyone listening.

Resources from this Interview

Art of Transformational Consulting
Social Transformation Project


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Written by FacilitatingXYZ Team

This is the account that the FacilitatingXYZ team uses. FacXYZ is co-facilitated by Meg and Sam, and brings in expertise, knowledge, and lived experience from facilitators far and wide. Read more about us here.

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