Racial Equity Workshop
This is a two-day-long process that helps to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. REI believes that organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes.
racial equity workshop
There is no more frequently asked question during and after a Phase 1 or our Foundational training than “what do I do?” Participants consistently want to rush out with a fragile, limited understanding and “do” something. Trainers and consultants must hold a tension between not crushing their interest and enthusiasm and illuminating how much more they need to know in order to put the new learning to practice. At one and the same time we are asking them to take a leap of faith and prepare to do it!
The Racial Equity Institute Phase 2 training is designed to help individuals and institutions practice reframing problems and determining solutions with a racial equity lens. Using group exercises, it moves participants through a new way of thinking based on an “analysis before action” model and a learning continuum. Participants will be encouraged to use the time honored “trial and error” approach, taking greater risks to change what are too often entrenched patterns of institutional practice.
racial equity workshop
Phase 3 work is where an institution, organization, or network puts the analysis and tools from Phase 1 and Phase 2 into practice. In Phase 3, REI works shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to develop a concrete plan for deeper analysis and change, including specific goals and action plans to reach them. We support organizations in ongoing reflection to deepen understanding of Phase 1 and Phase 2 concepts, evaluate progress, document lessons, and adjust go-forward strategy accordingly. We incorporate additional training and research as needed given unique challenges and opportunities, and pay specific attention to identifying and questioning the utility of white organizational culture that may be dominating transactions, policy and practice. Phase 3 is about that trial, error, and learning that is grounded in analysis.
A typical Groundwater Presentation is a three-hour introduction to Racial Equity, and we can adjust to accommodate a shorter time slot or to dive deeper if you are able to allocate up to a full day.
In this lively and participatory presentation, REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.
The Groundwater Presentation dovetails with REI’s Phase 1 workshop, is recommended as an introduction or followup to a full two-day workshop, and may be tailored to focus on a particular content area as needed for a particular client.
LAtino Challenges workshop
Latino Challenges is a two-day workshop for people who live in or work with Latino communities interested in ending racial disparities in our institutions and working together for social justice. Participants engage in a critical analysis of how racism dis-empowers Latinos, hindering both individual well-being and community development. We examine how Latinos have been racialized in the US, as well as the cultural backdrop of race and racism in Latin America that shapes our layered identity today. At the same time, we explore how our particular cultures, identities and histories of struggle are vital sources of strength for individuals and families of Latin American origin in the United States. Further, we directly address how racism is used as a wedge between Latinos and African Americans and undermines anti-racism movement.
About the trainers
The workshop is lead by Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and María I. Reinat-Pumarejo, Latino community educators and antiracism organizers for over 25 years. In their work throughout the United States, in Puerto Rico, and internationally, they apply the principles and practices of consciousness-in-action, antiracism organizing, and integral transformative leadership. María is Founder, Director and Senior Organizer of Colectivo Ilé, and is a Core Trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond. Raúl, Trainer-Consultant and Director of Latino Affairs for the Racial Equity Institute, is a liberation psychologist and author of Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation.
Racial Equity Leadership Institute for Youth
The Racial Equity Institute provides a two-day Racial Equity Leadership Institute for Youth for high school students to raise awareness of the role of young people in a movement for systems transformation and social justice. This workshop parallels the Phase 1 workshop but includes more videos and interactive exercises designed to educate about how racialized history, institutions and bias impact contemporary culture and experience and, most importantly, how young people can organize to create an equitable world.
Racial/Ethnic Affinity Group Development Process Consultation and Technical Assistance
Our process is designed to offer people of similar cultural/racial and ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to discuss the issues experienced as a member of that particular entity. These discussions are offered as a guide to practicing dialogue about the unique realities of our collectives. These shared experiences are to be used as the beginning of a process that will progress into cross cultural/racial/ethnic dialogue. The affinity group process offers participants the opportunity to engage in planning and the creation of strategy. This dialogue presents a powerful environment for honesty, understanding and cooperative learning.
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