Developing a Racial Equity Lens: Moving our Intentions into Effective Action
Are you feeling angry, frustrated, and/or inspired to do something about the racial inequities happening in our schools, organizations, and communities? In our country’s present climate, individuals and organizations concerned about racial justice need more than good intentions or simply thinking that equity is a good idea. To effectively work for racial equity, we need to increase our awareness, deepen our knowledge, sharpen our analysis, enhance our skills, and heighten our confidence. We need to be our courageous selves that will stay focused for the long haul.
Join social justice education and equity consultants Drs. Tanya O. Williams and Diane J. Goodman in developing a racial equity lens or a perspective that allows us to notice and address racial inequities. Explore the practices and possibilities available to us as we strive to overcome the dehumanizing impact of racism and create the world we want.
This highly participatory 2-day workshop will explore race and racism from an intersectional perspective. Participants will be able to increase their self-awareness, improve their skills for engaging with others, and expand their tools to enhance racial equity in organizations and communities.
Specifically, participants will have opportunities to:
- Examine how racism operates on the intrapersonal, individual, institutional and ideological levels
- Explore internalized racist messages from the larger society and their impact on our everyday interactions
- Engage in authentic cross-race dialogue and examine cross-race dynamics
- Participate in a white or people of color caucus group
- Discuss how to support each other in working for racial/social justice
- Identify a process for developing and enacting a liberatory consciousness in the midst of an oppressive world
- Consider how to continue our own self development and self-care
- Develop skills for dialogue, responding to biased comments and behavior, and enacting change
The workshop will include self-reflection, small and large group discussion, presentation, media, and contemplative practices.
It will be held on April 21 and 22 at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.
Day One will focus on: defining key concepts, examining racial identity and socialization, exploring historical and current institutional and systemic racism, reflecting on common power dynamics for people of color and whites, and developing some skills for interrupting racism.
With the foundation provided on Day One, Day Two will then allow for deeper in-depth cross race dialogue, analysis of cross-race dynamics, opportunities for self-exploration around internalized racism, and skills for change.
Participants may attend only Day One but participants who want to attend Day Two must attend Day One. Day One provides a content and context foundation for the activities on Day Two.
Sliding scale: Both days: $90-$280. Day one only: $50-$150.
No one will be turned away based on ability to pay.
Tanya O. Williams’ mission is to provide and create spaces in relationships, conversations, communities for all people to feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves. She believes that educating and working toward equity, as well as creating spaces of justice and communication all grow out of that desire. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Tanya is based in both New York City and Oakland, CA and leads Authentic Coaching and Consulting (www.authenticseeds.org). Clients include NYU Stern School of Business, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), LGBT Sports Coalition, Colorado State University, The Moth, Spence School, Community Roots Charter School and others. She has over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She holds a doctorate (Ed.D) in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her dissertation focused on internalized racial oppression and process toward liberation. She also holds an MS in Educational Administration and BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University.
Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D. (www.dianegoodman.com) has over 30 years of experience addressing issues of diversity and social justice as a trainer, consultant, faculty, author, speaker, and activist. Diane has done training and consulting with a wide range of organizations, Universities, schools, community and faith groups. She has been a professor at several universities in the areas of education, psychology, social work, and women’s studies. In addition, she was the Director of Human Relations Education and the Interim Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Rhode Island. Diane regularly presents at national and international conferences. She is the author of the book Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2011), co-editor and contributor to Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice 3rd ed. (Routledge, 2016) and several other articles and book chapters. Diane has a Masters (M.Ed.) and Doctorate (Ed.D.) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Counseling and Social Justice Education, and a B.A. from Tufts University in Child Development and Psychology.