WE'RE ELIMINATING RACISM
with our Racial Equity & Inclusion training
Held from 9 AM to 5 PM on two consecutive weekdays, each of our full Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI) workshops is led by Racial Equity Institute facilitators, nationally recognized for helping communities address institutional racism.
These workshops are designed to help local leaders proactively understand and address racism in their communities, workplaces, and personal lives. Each participant comes away with dramatically changed worldviews and tools to address racism in their own communities and lives.
Our 3-hour REI executive sessions, meanwhile, are designed for leaders and their teams. In these lively sessions led by two REI facilitators, participants learn about the groundwater principle and come away with a new way of thinking about racial equity based on data and analysis.
NEW IN 2023!
Our full REI trainings now include the REI Debrief, a session one week after the workshops where together we'll discuss next steps for participants. We are also offering REI trainings tailored to organizations; please contact our director of programs, CJ Gathers, for more information.
Stay tuned to this page for more REI offerings and other racial equity programs in 2023!
RACIAL EQUITY & INCLUSION | PHASE I
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.
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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
THE CATALYST WE NEEDED
"In order to move forward both personally and professionally, one has to understand how we got to where we are. We cannot make the needed systemic changes without a more thorough understanding of those needs. While I have known for quite some time that our history books are selective, I did not know to what extent. I [ now ] have a much better understanding of what was missing.
Going through Phase I was the catalyst we needed to move forward as a group to make systemic changes in our part of the criminal justice system."
| Scarlett Wilson
| Solicitor, 9th Judicial Circuit
"The Racial Equity Institute program is an eye-opening experience about the reality of our need to reconcile with each other.
"If I knew someone who was on the fence about attending REI, I would tell them that if they want to play a part in making our nation a better place for them and their family, they need to attend."
| Rev. Anthony Thompson
| Author of Called to Forgive
CHANGING OUR COMMUNITY INTERACTIONS
"REI establishes a historical timeline and factual talking points for law enforcement, which provides the opportunity to build from this training by changing the spectrum of community interactions and crime with a more knowledge-based narrative. As public servants, our law enforcement officers have the ability every day to be a conduit in their approach to social justice and racial equity."
| Major Joyce Smith
| North Charleston Police