As we see racial disparities escalating this public health crisis for black and brown communities, as well as the continued police brutality stealing the lives of black men and women, many of us are wondering how we arrived at this reality and how we can be better allies for racial justice. In order to work toward balancing present inequities, we must learn about the system of racism that got us here and where our agency to affect change lies.
Too often, in addition to enduring the indignities of racial oppression, people of color are asked to contribute an unfair share of the taxing emotional labor to educate white people about the tragic reality. In the struggle for racial equity, white people need to do the work to educate one another and work collaboratively with communities of color to change the systems of injustice from which we, as white people, benefit. There is no better time than the present to begin doing this work.
This interactive, three-hour-long online training presented by Equity Allies will provide an intro to race, racism and whiteness. Through individual reflection activities, dialogue, and lectures, participants will learn about the historical legacy of racism in the US, increase racial literacy, and investigate conscious and unconscious bias. Participants will learn about and practice strategies for interrupting racism on three levels: internally, interpersonally, and institutionally. By the end of the training, participants will have tools, resources, and practice in allyship.
This training is for community leaders, educators, parents, and anyone who wishes to expand on their abilities to be an ally for a more racially equitable future.
Where are the opportunities to unpack race and racism in our personal, professional and organizational participation? This workshop explores institutionalized, interpersonal and internalized racism using embodied activities and applied theatre techniques. No prior theatre experience or anti-racism training is necessary.
barriers to equity in our personal and professional lives
cultural and interpersonal awareness
best practices for equity and inclusion in our private and professional relationships
Through exploration, dialogue, and role play, participants will:
Investigate the origins and the historical timeline of racism in the United States.Identify the ways racism impacts our lives internally, inter-personally, and institutionally. (Eg microaggressions in the workplace.)
Identify links between the personal and the political- ways our interpersonal and social policies and practices create barriers to equity. (Eg Repealing the Voting Rights Act.)
Re-imagine social dynamics, spaces, and policies that maximize equity and inclusion, keeping in mind intersectionality.
Increase awareness of forms of power and privilege as they manifest internally (internalized supremacy or inferiority,) interpersonally (limiting beliefs and behaviors,) and institutionally (policies).
Practice acquired tools for solidarity and advocacy by interrupting injustice when it occurs, interpersonally.
Explore methods of resisting systemic bias and racism.
Develop concrete ideas for redesigning public spheres to augment justice.
“Becoming conscious, then, above all is not a one time thing. It is a continuous process, by the ego, of assimilating what was previously unknown to the ego. It involves a progressive understanding of why we do what we do."