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TRAINING

ERACCE sponsors and hosts quarterly regional 2.5-day Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism workshops (see description below) in Kalamazoo, MI. To attend one of these workshops, please see our upcoming training details and dates.  This workshop, like all other workshops below, can be sponsored by and tailored for specific institutions.

A team consisting of one Person of Color and one White Person facilitates all ERACCE trainings, as our experience reveals that a mixed-race training team creates a safe and more liberating space for participants. We also strive to maintain gender balance between co-facilitators when possible.

ERACCE utilizes group a facilitation/presentation approach that includes interactive discussion, small group discussions, multi-sensory engagement, reflection, and video.

All workshops are conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, caring and safety, and are not based on confrontation, guilt, blame, or judgment.

The participant cap for all workshops is 45, however, in our experience 30-35 participants allows for a balanced and fully participatory experience for everyone.

Most workshops are available bilingually - Spanish/English. Please inquire to learn more.


Workshops

Critical Cultural Competency Workshop – 1 day

This one-day workshop is designed to help participants create the spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions, understand the power dynamics in society that impact us, develop the skills to interrupt old patterns and inequitable practices that limit access and exclude some people from our institutions, build trust and clear communication, and begin to understand how to make decisions based on multiple perspectives where all people can be heard and represented. View our event calendar for all upcoming Critical Cultural Competency Workshops.

Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop – 1 day

This one-day training for those who understand multicultural diversity, but are not yet familiar with systemic racism. This workshop is helpful for beginning the development of a common language necessary for having productive conversations about race and systemic racism. View our event calendar for all upcoming Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshops.

Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop -- 2.5 days

The purpose of this ERACCE-hosted, Crossroads-facilitated training event is to provide an opportunity for the participants to develop shared language for talking effectively about systemic racism, explore an introductory analysis of systetmic racism, and examine basic strategies for dismantling racism within their organization. This in-depth workshop includes discussion of the socio-historic development of institutional racism; the definition of racism, how racism and racist institutional values have been legally codified and institutionally perpetuated throughout U.S. history; how racism manifests on individual, cultural, and institutional levels; and how long-term organizing informed by antiracist values can lay the path toward institutional antiracist transformation. View our event calendar for all upcoming Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism.

Health Equity Workshop -- 1 day

This one-day training is designed to help health professionals and community members alike develop the common language necessary to explore how discrimination and social identities impact health outcomes. It will address how racism, sexism, ableism, and other oppressions lead to negative health outcomes, and how discrimination enters the body to damage life and health. In this workshop, participants will examine the power dynamics that create and maintain racial, gender, and other disparities, participate in active learning exercises, participate in thoughtful and guided conversations, and assess the Multicultural Diversity of health institutions in Kalamazoo. View our event calendar for all upcoming Health Equity Workshops.

Introduction to Food Justice Workshop -- 1 day

One-day training for those who want to explore their understanding of the connections between food justice, the food system, systemic racism and oppression, and antiracism. View our event calendar for all upcoming Introduction to Food Justice Workshops.

Introduction to Anti-bias, Antiracism Education Workshop -- 1 day

One-day workshop that provides an introductory process for developing greater understanding and awareness of how systemic racism and bias affect children and youth. This workshop will introduce the four goals of anti-bias and anti-racism (ABAR) education and look at some basic steps to bring these goals into classrooms and schools. View our event calendar for all upcoming Introduction to Anti-bias, Antiracism Education Workshops.

Anti-Bias, Antiracism Education Workshop (ABAR) -- 10 day

The 10-day Anti-Bias, Antiracism Education Organizing Workshop (ABAR) is designed to develop educator capacity to create ABAR classroom and school spaces and integrate ABAR goals into their curriculum and pedagogical practices. The ABAR workshop builds upon a systemic analysis of racism and further develops this analysis in the context of our education system. Specific focus is given to racism’s impact on teaching and learning, the development of racial identity and prejudice, and how we can effectively interrupt and transform the production of racialized inequality as transacted through our schools. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and connect with regional and national leaders in the movement for ABAR educational transformation. View our event calendar for all upcoming Introduction to Anti-bias, Antiracism Education Workshops.


Team Development

Antiracism Transformation Team Development

Because racism is a systemic problem structured into institutions, the antidote needs to be structured into institutions as well. As such, ERACCE, in partnership with Crosssroads, offers an innovative process for creating Antiracism Teams made up of institutional leaders, employees, and other stakeholders. This strategy is recommended for institutions committed to long-term transformation with a vision 15-30 years into the future. Teams receive training to organize inside their institutions, working to shape awareness of systemic racism and identifying internal barriers to change. They then create strategies to dismantle racism on all levels, help develop a new cultural identity based on antiracist values, and redesign structures that share power in ways accountable to People of Color and other oppressed groups. Once trained, ERACCE remains a committed partner and offers ongoing support to Teams. This includes assigning a lead organizer to answer questions and help with continued strategizing, offering advanced workshops to deepen critical organizing skills (see below), and connecting teams to regional and national networks of institutions doing movement work.

Creating an Antiracism Team is an intentional process that requires the support and endorsement of institutional leadership in order to move from a small group of people interested in a more racially diverse and just organization, to full implementation of a Strategic Plan created by the Antiracism Team. The time from initial inquiry to the beginning of Team Training varies widely from institution to institution, and can take anywhere from six months to two years. Please contact us for more details on the steps to creating an Antiracism Team.

On-going Team Support & Capacity Building

In partnership with Crossroads, ERACCE is able to coordinate and host workshops designed to assist teams in deepening their antiracism organizing and training skills within the context of their institution.

Leadership Development Institute

An annual national leadership development and capacity building conference hosted by Crossroads for institutions and individuals interested in deepening their analysis of institutional racism and oppression and building their capacity using Crossroads’ model for internal institutional organizing and transformation.
 

“ERACCE training invited me to explore racialization in my own life and realize it affects us all.”

To learn more about our trainings, check out our workshop menu. To see our upcoming training events, please visit our events page. If your organization is interested in hosting or participating in training, please contact us for additional information.

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