Understanding Systemic Racism:
A Framework for Positive Action
Virtual Workshop via Zoom
Schedule of August Workshops
September 28, 2020 - 1:30 to 4:30 PM EST - Register
October 7, 2020 - 1:30 to 4:30 PM EST - Register
Systemic racism is a complex phenomenon that relatively few people understand well. Indeed, many people believe they have a fairly good grasp of the issues and yet would be hard pressed to provide much information, data or knowledge that would indicate a more than a surface-level understanding. What the general public often sees and understands are the symptoms of systemic racism, the proverbial 10% tip of the iceberg. What most miss is the remaining 90% of the iceberg, hidden from their experiential viewpoint. The invisible system hidden beneath the surface, how it operates and its effects, can be made more visible however if one is willing and motivated to take a deep dive of discovery, with a curious and open mind.
Developed and facilitated by Dr. Steve L. Robbins, the “Understanding Systemic Racism: A Framework for Positive Action” workshop offers participants a powerful spotlight on the subtle, hidden aspects of racism and systemic racial bias. Through the use interactive exercises, insightful videos, and informed dialogue, this virtual workshop engages multiple types of learners, and helps participants escape the handcuffs of superficial knowledge, freeing them to a deeper understanding of the how, what and why of systemic racism. Good intentions and well-meaning efforts to create racially diverse and inclusive environments often fall short when lack of knowledge and misunderstanding of the problems exists. This insightful workshop is designed to take care of the knowledge and understanding components while also providing action steps that flow from a better understanding and felt knowledge of racism and related issues.
Unlike some racism-oriented workshops that point the finger of blame, the workshop provides a safe and blame-free environment for learning and introspection. This does not mean that there will be no discomfort. Discomfort and dissonance will necessarily come about when the human brain encounters “realities” and perspectives different than that which it is used to. With a curious frame of mind and a growth mindset, the discomfort can be used as motivation to open one’s mind, to potentially discover and validate others’ life journeys and see the world and the problem of systemic racism more clearly.
To address systemic racism in any effective manner requires an accurate understanding of the problem. Such an understanding is required to develop a strategy and next steps that will have a greater chance of producing desired results. The Understanding Systemic Racism: A Framework for Positive Action workshop will better inform and prepare participants to battle a powerful foe like systemic racism.
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