Training and Capacity Building


These difficult and unprecedented times require us to act out of generosity and kindness, to stay grounded in our values, and to share everything we know about how to navigate the politics of this moment. It is in this spirit that ChangeLab is offering a set of training and organizational services. We can help organizations ready themselves for a disaster-prone near future with multiple competing challenges including anti-democratic populist movements and authoritarianism. In order to prepare for and inoculate ourselves against those tendencies we need to think politically about race, class, gender, and power. Our aim is to prepare organizations and leaders to build a more democratic society based on cultural norms rooted in interdependence and relationships across difference. We have significant experience convening and training people online, a necessity at this time when we are battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the last 10 years, ChangeLab has created original curricula and tools, working closely with a range of organizations. We specialize in topics including white nationalism and other authoritarian and ethnic nationalist movements, racial capitalism, and political strategy including how to build multiracial alliances to compete with the political right. We have done internal political education for organizations as well as more public trainings and workshops at conferences, universities, and community spaces. Our approach is to listen deeply to those seeking our services in order to understand their goals, to tailor our materials and teaching style to meet their needs, to create well-researched content, and to bring grounded politics, humor, dynamism, and a spirit of inquiry to all of our work. Check out what people are saying about our training and capacity-building skills below!

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Our Services

  • Online and in-person training and political education
  • Strategic communications
  • Philanthropic advising and docket management
  • Coaching for program staff and executives
  • Strategic planning
  • Public speaking
  • Analytical and strategic support
  • Writing and copy editing

Training Testimonials

Scot Nakagawa at ChangeLab is one of the most nuanced, deft, and clear facilitators and presenters with which we have ever worked. He can weave together the specifics of any conversation and raise the level of discourse tenfold while bringing his audience along. He is able to touch multiple perspectives simultaneously while weaving a coherent narrative, and that is a rare and valuable gift. We recommend him without hesitation.
Cathy Albisa
Executive Director, Partners for Dignity & Rights (formerly NESRI)

I had the pleasure of preparing for a retreat with Soya Jung right when the pandemic hit. She proved to be a brilliant and skilled facilitator, and adapted a three-day in-person retreat to several virtual sessions with speed, grace and flexibility. The virtual retreat was powerful, inspiring and by all metrics a huge success. Participants left with a deeper understanding of the power structures that shape our world and empowered to take on work to change it. I recommend her and ChangeLab highly!
Tallie Ben-Daniel
Research and Education Manager, Jewish Voice for Peace

Soya brought a combination of critical content and interactive exercises to ground my Critical Race Theory students in the current moment as well as in history, while challenging them to see themselves as agents of change. They told me she was the best guest speaker they had heard, and especially appreciated her sharp analysis of white nationalism. Also, as an educator and organizer, I view “A Different Asian American Timeline” as a treasure, a tool that we can all use and adapt in our own trainings to ground ourselves in our group-differentiated relationships within racial capitalism.
Angélica Cházaro
Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Law
Co-Founder, La Resistencia

Oregon Humanities has had the good fortune to work with Scot Nakagawa on multiple occasions, in different formats and with different groups of people. In every instance, Scot helped people deepen their understanding of and connection to some of the most serious issues our communities are facing. He has a unique capacity to present complex ideas in approachable ways and to bring large contextual analysis home. Another way to say this is that Scot is a rare combination of the head and the heart. And we would jump at the chance to work with him again, in a heartbeat.
Adam Davis
Executive Director, Oregon Humanities

ChangeLab brings an incredible combination of movement experience and memory, honesty and organizational skills. From organizational development to facilitation, Soya is always refreshingly strategic and oriented to what will move a group forward towards its goal. Because of her history in movement spaces, she is able to bring a deep understanding of what multiracial organizing really means, which often varies according to context, moment and positionality. I trust Soya completely to handle complicated group dynamics, leadership development, visioning, political education and organizational transition. Finally, Soya’s knowledge and relationships with movement organizations make the difference between theoretic opportunities and real strategy.
Trishala Deb
Senior Program Officer, Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights Collaborative

Scot Nakagawa’s campus lecture and workshop provided invaluable insight into the relationship between race, class, and contemporary political formations. Drawing on his many decades of social movement and activist intellectual experiences, he carefully demonstrated the continuities and ruptures that tie together past and present. Few trainers I’ve worked with possess this balance of experience, nuanced insight, and political commitment.
Daniel Martinez HoSang
Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration and American Studies
Yale University

Soya has a unique combination of skills: she’s both a facilitator and a strategist. Soya can expertly move groups through tough conversations and curate spaces where people generate their boldest and most innovative ideas. She can develop and provide trainings and workshops that are grounded in an oppression analysis and a liberatory framework for a range of audiences. Soya is also a strategist and a visionary who can identify possibilities and points of view, while creating valuable resources, reports and tools. Her work in particular with Asian American community leaders has been groundbreaking and has seeded new ideas and partnerships.
Deepa Iyer
Senior Advisor, Building Movement Project

ChangeLab is doing essential analysis relevant to our present political and ideological conditions, helping us understand how we got here and how we’ll chart our way to another, more liberated time. In concrete terms, ChangeLab equipped our organization with foundational analysis: how we understand racial capitalism, the forces producing reactionary and white nationalist worldviews and organized movements, and how we can compete and carve out a counter center of gravity to out-organize the right and win our people back to a vision of a liberated, antiracist economy that serves working people, not those who profit from our pain. ChangeLab is keeping a pulse on changes in these times with a deep grounding in history. Their work is an essential part of building real resistance to authoritarianism and creating an alternative path forward.
Stina Janssen
Executive Director, FIRELANDS Working People United Trabajadores Unidos

I was so glad to have the opportunity to work with Soya and ChangeLab. At AAPIP’s 2019 National Network Convening, Soya led a thoughtful and illuminating session that introduced the topic of racial capitalism to funders who represent a diverse spectrum of familiarity and comfort levels with this concept. She led us through ChangeLab’s “A Different Asian American Timeline”, a visually engaging interactive online tool that kept the audience continually engaged. As part of the presentation, Soya also organized and moderated a frank discussion on the importance of funding social movements and grassroots organizing. We received great feedback from convening attendees. For example, one attendee remarked that the ChangeLab session on racial capitalism was the most sophisticated, highest level of content that she had seen in any learning space targeted to AAPI funders.
Christen Lee
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Scot is seen in Oregon as an expert on understanding and building social movements, and a keen observer of political currents that threaten communities. Meyer Memorial Trust asked Scot to participate on a panel recently challenging easy assumptions about the work in front of us and on the danger of not engaging more deeply with communities we want to serve. By bringing an urgency and clarity to this conversation, he helped frame a set of questions for us that will resonate here for a long time as we dig into specific strategies for advancing our mission of supporting “a flourishing and equitable Oregon.”
Michael Parkhurst
Housing Opportunities Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust

When I saw Soya Jung’s and ChangeLab’s online resource, “A Different Asian American Timeline,” I was blown away by its originality and historical comprehensiveness. I have to date not seen any educational toolkit on race, economy, and U.S. society that comes close to this timeline. It’s a game-changer for Asian American community and institutional advocates, and for public knowledge and understanding of what a progressive Asian American politics looks like. Since seeing the timeline, I’ve invited Soya to teach with me in the Public Humanities Institute at the University of Washington. Our course brought together PhD students, curators, social workers, community advocates, and non-profit workers to learn from Soya’s timeline and the new ways of understanding race it allows us to possess. What amazed me was Soya’s facilitation and curricular skills. She devised a training session that engaged equally with the very different knowledges and languages that were in the room. She has that unique gift of being able to connect together the ideas of people with very different stakes in a conversation, revealing for participants a shared project none knew existed between them. Soya’s great talent is her ability as a thinker, trainer, and facilitator to make sure no one is left out or left behind, as a conversation and shared learning experience deepens and progresses. I plan to have Soya’s training on race, capitalism, and the progressive movement a fixed feature of all my public humanities and Asian American syllabi.
Chandan Reddy
Associate Professor, University of Washington
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

I have frequently asked Scot to speak on panels and in other venues, and I’m always glad I did. He is an engaging and accessible speaker, and easily communicates difficult or complex concepts without oversimplifying. His grasp of the big picture in our movements and politics, and his ability to pair it with a penetrating understanding of what’s required of us in the current moment, is special and rare.
Lindsay Schubiner
Program Director, Western States Center

Soya can speak to a group that has a wide range of political views and experiences and bring clear, critical content using powerful, concrete examples that help people get on the same page and have transformative conversations. She is a gifted and generous facilitator who creates a welcoming space for people to try on new ideas and build new connections.
Dean Spade
Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law, teaching Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Gender and Law, Policing and Imprisonment, and Law and Social Movements
Founder, Silvia Rivera Law Project

Scot’s depth of experience in working with everyone from grassroots activists, to philanthropists, to electoral strategists, to artists, is reflected in his speaking, meeting design, and facilitation. He is a compelling speaker to, and strategist for, intersectionality – connecting race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic class to the promise of democracy. Scot is someone I turn to for critical thinking on challenging issues and for advice on how to bring a wide range of people together to build a shared analysis and action plan for justice.
Kelley Weigel
Former Executive Director, Western States Center