Undoing Racism

Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The People's Institute's multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 40 men and women. 

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural; 

  • Develop a common language and analysis for examining racism in the United States; 

  • Understand one's own connection to institutional racism and its impact on his/her work; 

  • Understand why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color;                                                

  • Understand the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how and why they are maintained; 

  • Understand the historical context for how U.S. institutions came to be and who they have been designed to serve; 

  • Understand how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere; 

  • Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism; 

  • Understand the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions as a means for Undoing Racism.

Undoing Racism is the foundational course in our equity professional development efforts. Our work is focused on enhancing services and supports to Montclair Public School staff, students and parents. The ultimate goal, however, is to eliminate the gaps between and among groups of Montclair Public Schools' students. This work is ongoing and strategic.

*The program description was adapted from the People's Institute website.  Please see http://www.pisab.org/programs.

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