540WMain is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and antiracism through education initiatives, speaking engagements, programs, events, workshops, and digital content.


  • Speaking/Moderation: Public speaking engagements are negotiated individually with each client/organization.
  • Consulting: For larger projects, or projects with indistinct time parameters, negotiated project-based packages are available. This includes all consultation, facilitation, training, preparation, and materials for a single set rate. Priortiization will be given to organizations committed to long-term and sustainable antiracism work.
  • Classroom Teacher Professional Development

Training & Workshops

All workshops are interactive and dynamic and focus on participants’ stereotypes, beliefs, behaviors, & action. Workshops can be delivered virtually or in-person and are best suited for no more than 50 people.

Antiracism Workshops

Introduction to Implicit & Unconscious Bias In The Workplace (2.5 hrs)

An intro-level workshop designed to teach a foundational understanding of microaggressions and their relationship to implicit bias. Students will be guided through this understanding via a multi-modal facilitation that includes lecture, small group discussions, and person storytelling. This workshops aims to teach participants how to understand, interrogate, and take action  decrease personal instances of microaggressions other covert racist tendencies in their professional and personal lives.

Similar courses:

  1. Introduction to Implicit & Unconscious Bias For Educators (2.5 hrs)
  2. Introduction to Implicit & Unconscious Bias For Attorneys (2.5 hrs)
  3. Introduction to Implicit & Unconscious Bias For Medical Professionals (2.5 hrs)

Introduction to Intersectional Feminism I (2 hrs)
This introductory workshop will explore the concept of intersectionality, the definition of intersectional feminism in the United States, the feminist movement and its intersection with race, gender, class, and ethnicity. The history of the feminism movement and its exclusion and inclusion of non-white and non-cisgender women will be unpacked. Participants will be tasked with exploring their own personal biases and individual actions they can take to be more inclusionary in their feminist interactions.

Let’s Talk About Gender Pay Equity (2 hrs)

This workshop discusses the gender and racial pay gap in America in present-day and how we can begin to change this narrative at the individual and institutional levels.

Intent vs Impact: How to Respond to Unintended Microagressions (1.5 hrs)

A candid discussion about implicit bias, microaggressions, and intent vs impact when talking and interacting with people that are different from yourself. Participants will learn how to change ways of being and how to responding when committing unintended microaggressions.

Introduction to Juneteenth (1 hr)

This workshop gives a historical scope of Juneteenth, its’ present-day relevance, and important in United States history as well as the Black American community.

Introduction to Understanding Structural Racism (2 hrs)

This workshop unpacks the components and meaning of structural racism in the United States and how the system continues to oppress marginalized voices in the present day.
Three pillars of structural racism, its historical context, and how they affect persons of color in Rochester and beyond will be the foundation of this class which will include a mix of Q&A, presentation, and group learning:

  • Housing
  • Prison System
  • Political Systems

Intro to Understanding White Fragility (2 hrs)

This workshop unpacks white fragility and why it is so difficult for white people to talk about race.

Intro to Understanding White Privilege (2 hrs)

This workshop unpacks the premise and concept of white privilege through the lens of Black Americans and persons of color. What does white privilege mean?
How does it guise and manifest itself to perpetuate racism at the individual, organizational and systemic levels?
How can white people understand the theoretical language of white privilege and their complicity in it whether intentional or not?

Implicit Bias: Implications and Interrogations (Level II) (2 hrs)
This workshop guides participants in an exploration of their own implicit bias in an effort to be more inclusive in their intrapersonal interactions and decrease instances of microagressions.  Prior to the course participants will take the Harvard implicit bias test and use these results as the foundation to small group discussions and dialogue. This workshop is best suited for those who have a foundational understanding of implicit bias and how it relates to inequity and discrimination in all sectors.

Introduction to Antiracism Practice (Level II) (2 hr)
This workshop provides a foundational understanding of antiracism and guides participants to explore how they can sustainable practice antiracism in all areas of life. This workshop is best suited for folks that have a foundational understanding of privilege, microagressions, implicit bias, and structural racism.

Introduction to Understanding Cultural Humility (Level II)  (2 hr+)

This workshop will teach employees of all levels how to understand and recognize implicit bias, its relation to cultural humility, how to understand cultural humility, and the difference between cultural humility vs cultural competence. This class is geared towards professionals in non-profit/community sectors.

Creating a Positive Workplace Climate For Equity and Justice (Level II) (2 hr+)

This workshop is designed for administrators, managers, leaders, and department heads and explores how to create a workplace that fosters cooperation, trust, respect, and humility for all cultures and groups. Ideals like inclusive language, inclusive policy setting, opening the decision-making table, humility language, and more will be explored in the areas of sex diversity, race and ethnic diversity, limiting microaggressions in your workplace, and more.

K-12 & Higher Education

Intro to Teaching in Culturally Diverse Classrooms (2.5hr)

This course teaches participants how to embrace the diversity of all students, in explicit and implicit ways. Create inclusive lesson plans, classroom climate, and explore the cultures of all students in meaningful and genuine ways, as well as classroom culture and design that is inclusive of students of all abilities, backgrounds, skin tones, and more.

Creating a Positive Classroom Climate For Diversity (2hr)

This class is designed for educators at all levels that teach students in classrooms and explores how to create a positive classroom culture and environments that incorporate the expressions but still celebrates the differences of all students regardless of their background. Implicit bias, explicit bias, collaboration, and the concept of space and place are explored and participants will leave with goals and guidelines to apply immediately and overtime in their specific teaching spaces.

2019 Client List

St. John Fisher College, Res Life Brighton High School 
St. John Fisher College, Lavery Library  Venture Jobs Foundation 
St. John Fisher College, Diversity and Inclusion Roc City Coalition 
Rochester Americorps  Genesee Community Charter School
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality Phillips Lytle, LLP 
Legal Aid Society  Rochester City School District
Norman Howard  Planned Parenthood 
Landmark Society of Western NY  Canandaigua National Bank and Trust
University of Rochester, Izone  University of Rochester, Rochester Center for Community Leadership 
Landmark Society of Western NY  Canandaigua National Bank and Trust
University of Rochester, Izone  University of Rochester, Rochester Center for Community Leadership 
  • Community Landtrust
  • NSF- I-Corps
  • Rochester Peoples’ Climate Coalition
  • School of Individualized Study, RIT
  • Rochester Young Professionals
  • 441 Ministries
  • School of Sustainability, St. John Fisher College


  1. Monroe Community College Americorps
  2. 540WMain Communiversity
  3. Aria Strategies, LLC
  4. Urban League of Rochester 
  5. Planned Parenthood

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