Exploring Class in New Hampshire

Exploring Class & Classism

Life in the US looks profoundly different from the vantage points of poverty or wealth, of college-educated professions or hourly wage jobs. Each class life story has distinct strengths and limitations, but too often we don’t learn from each other when we are segregated.

Why is class often so difficult to talk about? As we tend to live, work and socialize with people from similar backgrounds, we often don’t know how to engage with others, whether in our community or workplace, who have a different lived experience from our own. By exploring our own relationships with class, we can become more inclusive to everyone and strengthen community ties.

Class Action has spent 11 years developing creative ways of asking questions, sharing personal experiences and helping people to engage with issues of class in a meaningful way. Our workshops are highly interactive, engaging and focused on learning from one another in the room.

Dates and Locations

Thursday, December 3: Berlin, NH Register
Hosted by North Country Listens and Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network

Friday, December 4: Claremont, NH Register
Hosted by United Valley Interfaith Project and Rethink Health

Friday, December 11: Manchester, NH  Register
Hosted by Investing in Communities, NH Citizens Alliance and New Futures

Saturday, December 12: Pittsfield, NH Register
Hosted by Pittsfield Listens

All workshops are on a sliding scale, $75 – $20. Scholarships available. To inquire, please send us an e-mail .

In this workshop, participants will explore:

  • how class identities affect our lives, how we work and who we work with
  • how race intersects with class
  • how we become more class inclusive (and why it matters)
  • how we can celebrate differences from all class backgrounds to build community

Who should attend?

  • Community-serving organizations or volunteers
  • Municipalities or municipal board members
  • All interested community members
  • Everyone!

NH Listens facilitator

Hosts and Cosponsors

American Friends Service Committee
Investing in Communities Initiative
New Hampshire Listens
Pittsfield Listens
North Country Listens
Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network
United Valley Interfaith Project
Rethink Health
New Hampshire Citizens Alliance

New Futures

An anonymous donor advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

What Folks Are Saying

“Class really does matter; voice does not automatically equal empowerment.”

“This workshop is crucial for any organization that wants to work across class!”

“This is one of the most useful workshops I’ve ever attended. Excellent facilitation and expertise offered in a respectful, graceful and positive manner!”

Workshop Facilitators

Diana Gonzálezdiana1

Diana González, M.A., an educational trainer, consultant, and coach. She creates powerful learning environments and assists others in designing inclusive learning environments and experiences for social change. She has worked in restorative justice, mediation centers, and public and private schools. Whether the topic is about creating inclusive teams, how to unionize, exploring class/classism, gender beyond the binary, or how to have a rocking meeting, she brings seriousness and dedication to it all.

Adj MarshallHeadshot of Adj Marshall, author

Adj was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college, earning her B.A. while supporting her brothers’ pursuits of their associate degrees. Her experience of growing up as a member of a chronically poor, and often homeless, single-parent family contributed immensely to her work as a service-learning educator and advocate for educational socioeconomic justice. Adj has piloted college success initiatives for low-income first-generation students with College Visions and Class Action. She currently lives in Minneapolis and coordinates volunteers for Saint Paul’s Community Action Partnership, giving voice to the issues of low-income communities. As an artist, Adj brings a creative mindset to her facilitation style. Her graduate studies at Brown University in Public Humanities focused on the role of arts in social-justice change-making movements and education.

Denise Mooreheaddenise2

Born into a lower middle class family, Denise Moorehead was raised in Western Massachusetts as an only child for 11 years. Her parents, both “strivers” increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with opportunities previously unavailable to African-Americans thanks to the civil rights movement. They were able to offer Denise dance and instrument lessons, summer camp, French camp and more. As a young child, she was often in the company of upper middle class children in these settings and working class and lower middle children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise is a marketing, communications and training strategist working with nonprofits and small businesses as the principal of Moorehead Creative Solutions. She recently cofounded UU Class Conversations, which provides training and organizing support to Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations working to make the denomination more class-inclusive.

Class Action helped me to reflect on my own class background and identity, and have authentic and honest discussion with other participants about classism. They created a safe and engaging space, where I felt inspired and gained new understanding, while providing the skills to analyze, plan, and reflect so we can integrate this in our work and lives daily.  It was a great way to explore how we may perpetuate classism and learn how to change our ways to prevent that. I gained tools on the tiny steps we can take today to transform classism in our community, so that everyone may be treated with respect and have a say in decisions that affect our lives. The workshop was very insightful, changing our way of organizing.  We continue to rely on Class Actions resources in our work.

-Molly, Ossipee, NH