June 27-30, 2023 (Pacific Time)

VISIONS' PACE (Personal Approach to Change and Equity) Level I workshop is a comprehensive and intimate introduction to the strategies involved in creating multicultural environments. Upon completion of this course, we are confident that you will possess the necessary skills to identify and challenge "isms" within yourself, others, and organizations. This session emphasizes emotional growth, cognitive learning, and opportunities to practice new approaches.

PACE I serves as the foundational workshop provided by VISIONS. By the end of this course, we believe you will have acquired the following skills:

  1. Identifying previously unconscious biases and misinformation within yourself, others, and organizations.
  2. Enhancing effective communication across differences.
  3. Recognizing personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural barriers to inclusion.
  4. Understanding the enduring personal impacts of historical and contemporary exclusion and oppression, such as the effects of sexism on both men and women.
  5. Facilitating change within groups and organizations to establish a supportive, inclusive environment.

June 27-30, 2023
Morning session 9-11:30am PT
Afternoon session 1-3:30pm PT

Cost: $1,150; $1,350 for those attending for CE credit.

Continuing Education Information

CE Credits Offered: 17

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending PACE I workshop, participants will:  

  1. Learn VISIONS' Three Dimensions of Change model.
  2. Identify their historically included and historically excluded group memberships.
  3. Summarize and explain the Multicultural Process of Change model.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of how social and hierarchical power dynamics can operate in personal and group interactions.
  5. Apply VISIONS' Feelings as Messengers emotional literacy model.
  6. Utilize VISIONS’ Feedback as an Antidote to Oppression framework to analyze and mitigate the impacts of negative conditional and unconditional feedback in interpersonal and group settings.
  7. Practice VISIONS' Skills for Effective Communication Across Difference.
  8. Describe and apply VISIONS' Modern Oppression and Survival Behavior/Internalized Oppression framework to an analysis of dysfunctional interpersonal encounters.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886744521-6539) for 17 continuing education contact hours.

Facilitator Details

Isaac Ruelas

Isaac Ruelas has worked with VISIONS since 2011, first as a client at All Saints Pasadena, and then as a VISIONS consultant. Their work has been adapted to meet the needs of a spectrum of communities, including bilingual Spanish speaking groups; spiritual communities challenging themselves to grow their inclusion and equity; schools and universities; as well as foundations. Isaac's portfolio also includes work with boards of trustees and other organizational leaders in DEI change initiatives in their own industry, architecture, who want to explore new ways of designing that are inclusive to the communities around them, as well as streaming services that want to shift their internal culture and desire to take risks on new diverse, inclusive and equitable content.

Isaac has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on culture and adolescence from Azusa Pacific University. They independently teach meditation, emotional intelligence, and alternative spiritual practices.

zan EHLY (preferred)

Zan Ehly

VISIONS, Inc. Principal Consultant Zan Ehly has been on the VISIONS consulting team for 12 years. In addition, they are an experienced educator (middle school through graduate levels, former faculty at Episcopal Divinity School, UMass Boston, New England Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and lecturer at Harvard University, Boston University and Boston College), workshop and retreat leader, and professional musician. As an educator, their focus has been on voice, body, culture, and leadership and on the intersected ways that racism and other isms live in the bodies and imaginations of both historically “included” and historically “excluded” groups. As a white, Protestant, queer, U.S. person, it is their delight and also their responsibility to engage in the challenging work of equity, inclusion, liberation, and justice at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels.

Registration Details


PACE I is offered over four consecutive days, with a morning and afternoon session from 9-11:30am and 1-3:30pm occurring on each day. A general outline for the major curriculum pieces to be covered on each day is below.

Day 1: Introductions, VISIONS Guidelines for Effective Communication Across Difference, Cultural Learning Activity, Multicultural Process of Change, and Contracting for Change.

Day 2: Welcome, Contracting (continued), Feelings as Messengers & Emotional Literacy, Cultural Sharing, Multiple Identities, Historically Included/Excluded Identities

Day 3: Modern Oppression and Survival Behavior/Internalized Oppression; Alternative Behaviors; Feedback/Recognition as an Antidote to Oppression

Day 4: Final contract review; Application Work; Closing

Refund and Cancellation Policy 

If a workshop is canceled by VISIONS, participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels more than 30 days in advance of the training start date, they can receive a full refund or transfer to another session.

If a participant cancels 15-30 days in advance, they can receive up to a 50% refund or have a 50% discount applied to a future training.

Cancellations made 14 or fewer days in advance of the training are not eligible for a refund or transfer to another training.