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Join us in building a More Just and Equitable Southeast Wisconsin

Courses

Eliminating racism requires an ongoing learning process.  We offer two racial justice courses, Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action and Conversations on Race.  Review the course descriptions and decide which one best fits your learning and action goals.

About Conversations on Race| A virtual, six-part series designed to help you discuss race and racism in everyday conversations

In order to address racism, in all the places where we witness its oppressive power, we need people who understand it, can address it and challenge it. This six-part, 12-hour course, is designed to help you grow your ability to discuss race and racism in everyday conversations. We invite you to join us and learn from our instructors, both white and of color, who will lead the program.

This course is designed to strengthen your understanding of the power of language to shape and control racism, and to deepen your understanding of and normalize conversations about race and racism. See how racism continues to impact our individual lives along with those of our neighbors, families, friends and colleagues, then reflect, journal and converse in small and large groups about the content.

Eliminating racism is an ongoing process that involves a willingness to learn about, and begin undoing, the adverse impact of racism on individuals, organizations, and communities. We will end racism when more people, particularly white people, understand the importance of speaking up to address race issues as they occur.

Comments from past attendees:

  • “Fantastic series, I highly encourage continuing to provide this series to many, many others.”
  • “Thank you. This was informative. I especially enjoyed the interactive discussions with people.”
  • “Excellent series! Should be taught at all schools!!! Would be helpful to change the history text books to reflect reality and not white socialization bias.”
  • “I appreciate SOOO much the perspective you gave us. It has truly impacted me and I want to spread this to others.”

The objectives for the conversations course are to:

  • Gain knowledge of race, racism, racial inequities
  • Build connections with each other to combat racism
  • Grow your personal commitment to address racism
  • Practice having conversations about race and racism so you can feel confident doing this in everyday life

Each two-hour session will allow time for content review (video clips, reflection questions) along with listening pairs, breakout rooms and full group discussions.

Course Schedule

Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00 pm

October 7             Socialization

October 14          History/Roots of Racism

October 21          Manifestations of Racism

October 28          On Whiteness

November 4        Racial Implicit Bias

November 11     Imagining a New Community

Registration Now Open Here

About Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action© | A virtual, six-part series examining the history and impact of racism and what participants can do about it

Eliminating racism is an ongoing process that involves a willingness to learn about, and begin undoing, the adverse impact of racism on individuals, organizations, and communities.

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©, our six-part, 24-hour education series, gives participants the opportunity to learn about the impact, history and manifestations of racism and whiteness, and addressing racism in one’s own life. You are invited to make a personal commitment to the emotional and heart work needed to address racism. This course discusses racism personally, institutionally and structurally. You will be challenged and, at times, uncomfortable. If willing, you can begin building a community of antiracist colleagues. Course design includes time to listen, reflect, journal, and connect with other participants in two-way listening pairs, small group breakouts and the full group. Come with an open mind to deepen your understanding, or to build a network for systems change, or to simply foster community based on antiracist principles.

Our courses are predominantly white people. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are welcomed and wanted. All participants are encouraged to reflect upon and share their lived experiences on race and racism. Often this topic assumes BIPOC’s will teach on this topic. That is not the case here. That is the role of the facilitators. We invite people to collaborate with classmates on their next steps in addressing issues in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.

A link to James Causey’s article about attending the series in 2019 is linked here.

Course Schedule

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

September 21         The Impact of Racism

September 28         The Roots of Racism

October 5                  Manifestations of Racism

October 12                Understanding Whiteness

October 19                Your Role in Addressing Racism

November 2             Taking Action Against Racism

Registration is Closed

 

Workplace Consulting

We offer tailored training to hiring managers and leadership teams at businesses, universities, nonprofits, and churches throughout the region.

Upcoming Racial & Equity Justice Activities

An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, December 2021

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