Dock C. Bracy Center’s Introductory Learning Series: Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward

Goals

  • Participants have the opportunity for dialogue about the complexity of racism in a safe learning environment with other concerned people.

  • Participants understand the Center’s approach to eradicating racism.

  • Participants become part of the Center’s Finding Your Voice Program.

The Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward Learning Series:

  • Introduces the Dock C. Bracy Center’s understanding and approach to eradicating racism.

  • Includes videos, articles, short presentations, and small group discussions.

  • Is designed with adult learning concepts. 

  • Is delivered in four 2-hour sessions, one evening weekly for four consecutive weeks. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

  • Each session includes an introduction packet, which provide participants a common experience to enhance small group discussions and complements the Center’s presentations. 

  • Estimated time commitment for the entire series including the session introduction packets is approximately 16 hours.

  • Following completion of the learning series participants will have the opportunity to continue their learning through the Finding Your Voice Program

  • Attendees are asked for a suggested donation of $100 through event registration or by website. There is no financial obligation but if someone wishes to make a financial gift, they are welcome to give whatever they choose.

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Session 1: The Complexity of Systemic Racism

Focus

  • To gain an historical perspective of the tragedy of racism and white supremacy ideology, particularly in relation to the criminal justice system.

  • To develop an understanding of the Center’s shared vision.

  • Identify behaviors necessary to achieve the vision.

Session 2: The Notion of White Privilege

Focus

  • Develop an understanding that white privilege is the result of systemic racism in political, legal, social, and economic spheres. Race may be a biological myth, but racism gives different groups vastly different life chances that persist to the present day.

  • Explore how white people have benefited from racial discrimination knowingly and unknowingly.

  • Introduce the Anti-Racism Pro-Human Reconciliation Pledge.

Session 3: The Personal Impact of Racism

Focus

  • Explore how racist/ white supremacy messaging negatively impacts all racial groups.

  • Continue to identify behavior necessary to achieve the shared vision.

Session 4: Finding Your Voice

Focus

  • Reflect, analyze, and share individual efforts to engage in conversations about racism with others (who are not participants in the learning series).

  • Identify behaviors that support the shared vision and the Pledge.

  • Identify personal next steps to assist in eradicating racism.

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