YWCA GREATER CHARLESTON PRESENTS
the Racial Equity Institute
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR WORKSHOP
Held from 9 AM to 5 PM on two consecutive weekdays, currently via Zoom, each Racial Equity Institute workshop is led by REI facilitators and has been designed to help you proactively understand and address racism in your community, workplace, and personal life. REI is nationally recognized for helping communities address institutional racism.
Our two-day REI Phase I training is 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.
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; importance of definitions of race and racism; history and legacy of race in American economic and policy development; and racial identity and its interaction with institutional culture.
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.
Once you've attended a Racial Equity Institute Phase I workshop, you can move ahead to attending the Phase II workshop... or you can attend a Phase I workshop a second time at no charge. We find that many participants need time to digest and fully integrate all they've learned, and attending a second Phase I workshop can be helpful in doing so.
If you would like to attend REI Phase I a second time, select "Repeating REI participant" on our registration page. Be sure to use the same name and email address as you did when you registered the first time, so that we can find you in our records and approve you.
PHASE II WORKSHOPS
Our Racial Equity Institute (REI) Phase II workshops build on Phase I and help emerging racial equity leaders identify their own struggles and challenges in terms of the racial equity analysis done in Phase I.
Following an in-depth review of Phase I concepts, participants examine internalized oppression, feelings of inferiority and superiority, racial identity development, and how personal and organizational practices are affected by these feelings. The consistent and predictable outcomes of organizations and institutions find their roots in structures supported and maintained by individuals who have internalized narratives of inequity and justice.
"Diagnosis determines treatment" is a frequent statement in Phase I training. In Phase II, participants practice looking at problems through an equity lens and develop an appreciation for the power of narrative.
The last and perhaps most important and challenging exercise of Phase II is developing a personal and organizational vision. No one alive today has ever lived a moment of their lives in an equitable world. We do not know what it looks like. REI believes in the power of vision and the imperative of a clear and common vision to approach the work of equity. Participants engage in much-needed practice to develop a vision of their workplace equity work.
Sign up today
It's easy to sign up! Register online by clicking the button below, or register by phone at 843.722.1644.
How you can help
BUILDING RACIAL EQUITY IN CHARLESTON
If you're an individual who would like to provide a scholarship for a worthy recipient to attend a Racial Equity Institute workshop, we thank you! Please go to our donations page and select the REI option.