No, racial affinity groups are not racist. They are an essential strategy for transforming schools and organizations into equity-centered spaces. Join us for our next workshop on July 31st so that you can experience first hand what it looks, sounds and feels like to engage in racial affinity work. *This is a make-up course for the 2 day workshop we offered in May.
Racial Affinity Group Training Description
Between police murders, Covid-19, and white nationalist attacks on the capitol, there is plenty to discuss. We need to be prepared to engage in and support critical conversations about race in the classrooms in order to dismantle White Supremacy Culture in our schools. However, not every conversation or activity should happen in mixed racial groups. This is where racial affinity groups come in. It is an essential strategy for those with a shared racial identity to convene for learning, support, reflection, healing and personal connections.
After leading thousands of folx in racial equity work, we’ve learned that most participants have never experienced working in racial affinity. Some shared that they “never knew the power of these spaces” or “how to engage in equity work without harming and retraumatizing BIPOC.” Participants also asked, “How the hell do I get these going?” and “What if it goes wrong?”
We need to be prepared to engage in and support critical conversations about race in the classrooms in order to dismantle White Supremacy Culture in our schools. However, not every conversation or activity should happen in mixed racial groups.
This inspired us to create an overview training and year-long follow-up series for folx who want to continue their learning and receive ongoing support and coaching. We led a 2 day version of this workshop in May of 2021 with close to 150 participants, and recently wrapped up a 5 month follow up course with over 100 educators. This workshop is both asynchronous and synchronous, and is being offered as a make-up workshop for anyone who couldn’t make it in July. Participants will have the opportunity to register for our year long follow-up course, which is an expansion and much deeper version of that experience.
- Use a research-based framework and other equity-based resources to understand and discuss how racial identity development influences our beliefs and behaviors as educators.
- Actively participate in a supportive space for healing, reflection, learning, and personal connections.
- Experience how racial affinity work serves as an essential strategy for dismantling White Supremacy Culture in our schools.
- Begin thinking about how to start leading racial affinity spaces in your context.
- Classroom/School/District Leaders and/or Teams
- Anyone committed to engaging in critical reflection, inquiry and dialogue about race
July 31st, 2021 from 9:30-1:30 PT (12:30-4:30 ET) – This 4 hour workshop also includes an additional 2 hours of asynchronous work, and is a prerequisite for our year-long racial affinity course.
- $120 per participant ($100 each for teams of 5 or more)