YWCA GREATER CHARLESTON PRESENTS
the Racial Equity Institute
Held from 9 AM to 5 PM (Eastern time) on two consecutive weekdays, currently via Zoom, each of our Racial Equity Institute (REI) trainings is led by REI 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.
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE | 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.
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE | PHASE II
We introduced the first REI Phase II workshop in March 2018, and continue to hold these next-level sessions.
Sign up now
Register online here. (If you are seeking a scholarship, apply here! Please note there are only a limited number available, as these are dependent on sponsorships.)
How you can help
Thank you to our Racial Equity Institute sponsors & partners
These local organizations have shown they stand against racism with us! We appreciate the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for donating meeting space at its new Park Circle location at 4922 O'Hear Avenue, Suite 101, North Charleston 29405 for our REI workshops once we're able to go back to in-person workshops, and Apple Spice for then providing our REI workshop participants with nutritious, delicious lunches at a special rate.
We're also seeking breakfast, coffee, and corporate sponsors. If you're interested in helping us eliminate racism in our region, please contact our deputy director, Tori Burke-Koskela.. Thank you!
WHAT PHASE I PARTICIPANTS SAY
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.
"What impacted me the most about REI is that it did not force us to accept the reality of slavery's negative impact on our nation or its unfair practices toward black people. It gave us the opportunity to be honest and realize the importance of digging up and talking about the racist acts that still lay buried, as if they had never happened.
"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
"As we protect life and property while building trust through partnerships, relationships, and fellowship, we deal with life issues such as poverty, homelessness, justice, unemployment, education, and crime. REI establishes a historical timeline and factual talking point 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
| N Charleston Police Department