Racial Equity Workshop: Phase One - Racial Equity Institute
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Durham, NC
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Organizing Against Racism - Durham (OARD) presents a Racial Equity Workshop: Phase I by the Racial Equity Institute (REI). It presents an institutional analysis of racism and its impacts. The workshop will take place Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28, from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm both days.
In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict and recent Supreme Court decisions that erode the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action, some people are perplexed about how racism remains so deeply entrenched in our lives. Moving the focus from individual bias to a structural and historical perspective, Racial Equity Workshop: Phase I presents an institutional analysis of racism and its outcomes. Participants leave this workshop riveted by new learning, feeling more comfortable talking about racism, and eager to spread this awareness through collective organizing efforts.
The facilitators will lead you through a process that will help you understand how racism is organized and how it underlies our social structures and institutions. Along with other participants, you will develop a new language to effectively engage in conversations about racism; and you will discover ways we can work together to dismantle its powerful influence.
Deena Hayes-Greene Deena Hayes-Greene has over 15 years of experience as a community organizer. As a core trainer for the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and for the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, Deena builds organizational capacity for racial equity in institutions across the country. Deena's institutional work has primarily been in the areas of social services, health and human services, public/private education, higher education, the judiciary, Disproportionate Minority Contract initiatives, and nonprofits. She was initially elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. She currently chairs the Achievement Gap Taskforce, the School Safety Committee, and the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Deena is a former human relations commissioner for the City of Greensboro, and she has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding leadership.
Suzanne Plihcik Suzanne Plihcik is a community organizer, trainer, and facilitator. She works locally and across the nation with communities and organizations to strengthen institutional relationships through an increased understanding of systemic racism. She is a core trainer for REI and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Suzanne teaches the skills of antiracist organizing, and she organizes community members to work for social justice. Suzanne was executive director of the National Alliance for Non-Violent Programming, a coalition of national organizations seeking to reduce violence in entertainment through media literacy. She has organized for changes in public schools and city governments and has served on the Commission on the Needs of Children. She is a founding member of the Greensboro Public School Fund and Dance on Tour, a professional dance experience for children. Suzanne was the recipient of the Kathleen Price Bryan Award for community service and the YWCA Women of Color Committee Community Service Award; and she was the Greensboro Woman of the Year in 1994. Suzanne was also a recipient of the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Race Relations in 2000.
Raúl Quiñones Rosado Dr. Raúl Quiñones Rosado is a social justice educator, author, and integral change consultant. Raúl offers programs, coaching, and consultation services to organizers, activists, educators, students, organizational and community leaders, and others seeking to effectively address the challenges of identity and power in our highly diverse society. He is committed to personal development and social change, and his work focuses on fostering consciousness-in-action: an approach to leadership that integrates personal self-development, social healing, and cultural transformation. Raúl is a Core Trainer for The People's Institute for Survival & Beyond; and he established the Institute for Latino Empowerment.