In the Racial Equity Workshops, led by the Racial Equity Institute, LLC, participants interactively explore perspectives on race, racism, and racial and ethnic disparities.With a wealth of historical, economic, and other data, skilled facilitators from the Racial Equity Institute will foster thoughtful analysis and dialogue in. Participants typically garner insights that are both profound and practical for understanding and choosing the roles we play when it comes to equity in America, our communities, and our organizations.
This two-day workshop designed to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin to work for change. Topics covered include our fish/lake/groundwater analysis of structural racism; understanding and controlling implicit bias; race, poverty, and place; markedness theory; institutional power arrangements and power brokers and more.
To capitalize on momentum, we will partner with IMPACT Silver Spring to facilitate follow-up community debriefings following the Phase 1 seminars. The community debriefings will be an interactive experience where participants share their reflections from the workshop and discuss how the content impacts their interactions within their community and workplace. Participants will also explore best practices and skills to engage in interracial dialogue.
Through our race equity workshops and our REAL Inclusion Program — our 8-month course that examines the systemic beliefs, practices, and policies that have perpetuated racial inequities and situates that analysis within the context of organizational leadership — our goal is to support the work of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and making possible equitable outcomes within Montgomery County and the region.