Stronger Together

Antiracism Community Classes


The City of Arlington and Arlington Public Schools are co-sponsoring anti-racism classes facilitated by Will Nelson. Classes are online during Phase 2. Please register here. Classes will be limited to 20 people and will be interactive with Zoom format.

Classes are available in two session- Afternoon Session 12:00-1:00 PM or Evening Session 5:00-6:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 30 - Bystander Training

When we witness harassment, how do we react to or interact with the event and our own emotions following the witnessed event. Hollaback provides training on Bystander Training using the 5 Ds, Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, Direct. We will explore the 5 Ds of Bystander Training and scenarios when we might use them.

Tuesday, July 14 - Race: The Power of an Illusion - The Difference Between Us

It is still popular to believe in innate racial traits rather than look elsewhere to explain group differences. We all know the myths and stereotypes - natural Black athletic superiority, musical ability among Asians - but are they really true on a biological level? If not, why do we continue to believe them? Race may not be biological, but it is still a powerful social idea with real consequences for people’s lives.

Wednesday, July 29 - Biases

Our experiences, our cultures, our upbringing, our families, and our communities shape our understanding of the world and how we interact with the world. We all bring biases, whether intentional or unintentional (hidden), to our interactions. We will explore biases during this session.

Tuesday, August 11 - Microaggressions

Words are powerful and the language we use has a profound impact on the people we interact with every day, including, LGBTQ+, non-white and linguistically diverse people. Microaggressions are defined as the everyday, subtle, intentional, and oftentimes unintentional, interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward historically marginalized groups.

Tuesday, August 18 - Being White and Antiracist

Tami Farber and Will Nelson collaborate on what it means to be white and antiracist.

About the Presenter:                will photoWill Nelson is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. He currently serves as Director of Equity and Student Success for Arlington Public Schools overseeing equitable practices, student services, discipline, attendance, community truancy board, enrollment, choice transfers, student threat assessments, improvement planning, and supervising elementary and middle school principals. Prior to this role, Will taught in Arlington at a K-12 Parent Partnership Program, and then at both 9-12 high schools. He has served as Assistant Principal at the traditional high school (AHS), and the Principal at the alternative high school (Weston). 

Will Nelson holds a BA in Russian Language from Portland State University, an MA in Historical Slavic Linguistics from the University of Washington. He earned his Administrator and Superintendent Certificates through Western Washington University.

Will has implemented and facilitated Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Restorative Justice Practices while serving as Principal. He uses trauma-informed approaches as well as Motivational Interviewing to serve students with high Adverse Childhood Response scores. Will has also implemented and led Project-Based Learning. At the district level, Will is leading professional development around equity, race and racism, and culturally responsive teaching practices. 

Will is currently leading a five community and three school district project called Stronger Together - Building Unity Through Community, to create an event and a place to talk about equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. This annual event is the start of multiple opportunities throughout the year to engage in conversation and learning about what it means to be Stronger Together.



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Downtown Arlington

The first annual Stronger Together, a multi-community cultural event, is about exploring surface, shallow and deep cultures that we each bring to our communities.  We will be building unity through community dialogue, activities, education, entertainment, food and fun.  During Stronger Together, attendees will experience culture, they will explore their own culture, and they will have many opportunities to interact with and celebrate the cultures from our communities. 

The main event is downtown in the City of Arlington at Legion Park. 

Community will come together for activities and discussions that highlight: How we are the same? How we are different? How that makes us stronger.  

We are involving three municipal communities and two tribal communities in our event, the City of Arlington, the Town of Darrington, the Community of Lakewood, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.

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Contact Information:

Will Nelson
Director of Equity and Student Success
Arlington Public Schools


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Presented by:

Arlington School District
Lakewood School District
Darrington School District
City of Arlington
Town of Darrington
Sno-Isle Libraries
Stilly Valley Health Connections
Downtown Arlington Business Association
Snohomish County Executive Office
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

Supported by:

Stillaguamish Tribe
Sauk-Suiattle Tribe

Additional Sponsors:

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Stronger Together Flyer-Final 3-11-2020