March 28-31 and April 25-28, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina
DOING OUR OWN WORK:
AN ANTI-RACISM SEMINAR FOR WHITE PEOPLE
Hosted by Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South Inc.
At this time in our nation, we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy and state sanctioned violence. It is imperative that those of us who are white do the deep work required to claim and embody an anti-racist identity, understand the privilege we carry, and interrupt racism where we live, work, study, and volunteer. Doing Our Own Work helps white people move through places where we often get stuck, so that we can step up with courage, clarity, humility, and compassion to participate in movements led by people of color and help move other white people to greater anti-racist awareness and action. Enrollment is limited to 20 people to facilitate in-depth reflection, dialogue and relationship building.
Doing Our Own Work is designed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, contexts where people of diverse races discuss and strategize together how racism can best be challenged and dismantled.
For additional history and rationale, see Why a Seminar for White People?
The seminar consists of more than 40 hours of "class time." Anti-racist action and reflection form the heart of Doing Our Own Work. Each participant is invited to identify a "sphere of influence" that serves as the focus of action and reflection. Utilizing input from the leaders, assigned readings, videos, group discussion, and structured exercises, we will explore the following topics and issues, among others:
The four realms of racism: personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural
Historical roots of racism in the United States.
Movements for racial justice in the U.S.
White privilege and unearned advantage
Claiming and shaping an anti-racist identity
Practicing the skills of interrupting racism
Strategies for institutional change
How to sustain this lifelong work
Developing relationships of support and accountability.
The facilitators are committed to working with participants to create a respectful, loving, and truth-telling environment where we may bring our whole selves to this vitally important work.
Dates and Location: Part 1: March 28, 29, 30,31 — TBA in Durham, NC; Part 2: April 25, 26, 27, 28 — TBA in Durham, NC. Attendance at all sessions is required.
Times: 7-9 on Thursday evening, 9-5 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday, and 1-5 Sunday afternoon.
Led by: Melanie S. Morrison and Jax Lee Gardner
Hosted by: Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South Inc.
Cost: $475. Scholarships available.
For more information, contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.