Uprooting Racism

Intensive Workshop

During this two-day interactive workshop, participants will engage in courageous conversations to travel beneath the surface. Together, we learn and explore a) historical perspectives of “race” and racism as well as the everyday manifestations of structural racism (for example, in the forms of police brutality and health disparities); b) its impact on individuals, the organization, and society; c) what it means to bridge the past to the present; and d) how to use tools and resources to promote antiracism policies and practices. The workshop includes icebreakers at the beginning as well as time for questions and reflections throughout and at the end. This workshop is tailored to align with and support your organization's mission and goals. 

Workshop Design and Development

In partnership with the organization, Spirit will engage in include pre- and post-workshop conversations that support professional development, assessment, and planning (e.g., action items or next steps).  

 

Workshop Goals and Outcomes

  1. To explore connections between history, identity, and social change;

  2. To build an informed historical perspective of “race” and racism;

  3. To understand the history and root causes of racial violence, trauma, and segregation and its connection to present injustice and inequality;

  4. To learn the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and American heroes in order to create a bridge to the present and foster a better future;

  5. To catalyze courageous conversations about identity, “race,” and racism that will continue for years to come;

  6. To learn tools and resources for enacting anti-racism policies and practices that support equity, inclusion, and justice in our immediate and wider communities; and

  7. To inspire participants to envision themselves and act as agents of change in their organizations, communities, and beyond.

 

Workshop Features

  • Virtual (via Zoom) or in person;

  • Custom-designed (e.g., according to purpose, place, and audience);

  • Cross-disciplinary;

  • Collaborative;

  • Intergenerational;

  • Interactive;

  • Knowledge-based (i.e. intended to build knowledge and capabilities); and

  • Action-oriented.

     

You must . . . study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe . . . ."
 

 

- John Lewis, “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation,” The New York Times, 30 July 2020

© Roots of the Spirit  2020

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