The Interrupting Racism: An Anti-Racism Workshop series centers race for the disruption of racialized hierarchies and narratives. This is a three-part workshop series with each part being 2.5-hours. Parts 1 and 2 are often combined for one 4-hour workshop.
This workshop is highly interactive. We examine the pillars that hold up and perpetuate white supremacy and the way it feeds into the four types of racism. Through collaborative exercises where participants note significant historical events, we explore our nation’s history and normalized racism over multiple time periods. The definitions and exercises help reflect on the ways racism is established in our society historically, culturally, institutionally, individually, and interpersonally.
Participants are asked to examine their own racial narrative and how it impacts them and others, especially people of color in the United States. We engage in small and large group discussion identifying racial narratives and counter racial narratives that shape how we show up in the workplace. Spending some time answering the self-examination questions that are sent in advance of the workshop enriches the conversation.
In the third workshop of the Interruption Racism series, we focus on personal reflection to develop a plan for your anti-racism practice. We discuss campus scenarios and relate them to the definitions of the varieties of racism. Then we delve into the various stages of growth for an anti-racism practice.