Racial Justice Trainings

Race Forward’s Racial Justice Training series is a collection of interactive sessions for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity.

Building Racial Equity trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

Governing for Racial Equity is the foundational training for individuals who work in government settings across jurisdiction. Participants gain awareness of the history of race and of implicit and explicit bias and individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism and how it impacts the workplace. Participants gain skills at identifying and addressing institutional and structural racism; and increase capacity to advance racial equity.

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power is the second training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will strengthen participants' collective analysis of power while providing useful tools and framework to shift power within groups, institutions and other formations seeking to advance racial justice in this time.

Decision-Making for Racial Equity is the third training of the series. Participants and colleagues from their organization will get a chance to practice using Race Forward's Racial Equity Decision-making Tool.

Facilitating Racial Equity is aimed towards those who have been through a Building Racial Equity workshop and will be or are responsible for training other staff inside of their organization or network on the ideas, practices, and strategies of racial equity.


 

The trainings posted here are our latest offerings for the year. To be the first to know about new Building Racial Equity trainings, please sign up for our newsletter.

Training Components: 

  • Racial Justice Values & Vision
  • Key Concepts: Different Dimensions of Racism / Structural Racism
  • Implicit Bias and Systems Analysis
  • Opportunities to Advance Racial Justice

Participants will:

  • build a clear understanding of key concepts such as racial equity and structural racism
  • learn to talk about race constructively within their organizations and with their constituents
  • gain tools and practices for counteracting racial bias in their work and practices
  • identify opportunities and next steps for applying concepts and strategies to advance racial equity

Location
Date
Virtual
Jun 13, 2023
Virtual
Jun 20, 2023
Virtual
Jul 11, 2023
Virtual
Jul 18, 2023
Oakland, CA
Jul 31, 2023
Virtual
Aug 08, 2023
Virtual
Aug 15, 2023
New York, NY
Oct 12, 2023

Governing for Racial Equity provides an introduction to the role, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity. We focus on normalizing racial equity as a core value with clear definitions of key terminology, operationalizing racial equity via new policies and institutional practice, and organizing, both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community.

Level: Beginner
Prerequistes: None

 

Training Components

  • Key Concepts
  • Race in Government
  • Implicit Bias
  • 4 levels of racism

Participants Will

  • Leave with an understanding the role of government in advancing racial equity.
  • Race in Government
  • Implicit Bias
  • 4 levels of racism

Location
Date
Virtual
Jul 25, 2023
Virtual
Aug 22, 2023
Virtual
Sep 26, 2023

Race Forward believes that the root of our current conditions is structural racism. Our offering in this moment is to fortify our communities with the tools and analysis we will need to effectively shift power for racial justice within our institutions, policies and lives. This entirely new training is the next step in our Building Racial Equity training series. You must have participated in a foundational Building Racial Equity training in order to access Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power.

Location
Date

All our scheduled trainings are currently sold out. If you have already purchased a ticket for one of our upcoming trainings, please rest assured that the training is still taking place. You can find more information about the upcoming training in your receipt email, which has a link to the Eventbrite training page.

The Decision-making for Racial Equity (DRE) training engages and guides participants through building an organization-wide racial equity decision-making practice and culture that centers Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander staff and communities. 

Participants are asked to attend with other colleagues from their organization to practice using Race Forward's Racial Equity Decision-making Tool (RED Tool) on an actual “choice point” (a specific decision, e.g. program planning, hiring, budgeting, event planning, service delivery, grant-making, etc.) where applying a racial equity framework could change actions and outcomes. 

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: “Building Racial Equity: Fundamentals” training offered by Race Forward.

Location
Date
Virtual
Jun 21, 2023
Virtual
Jul 19, 2023
Virtual
Aug 16, 2023
Virtual
Sep 13, 2023

Facilitating for Racial Equity is a workshop that gives participants the tools and practice to face this challenge. This workshop builds on the foundation of the Building Racial Equity workshop, equipping participants with the skills, frameworks, and practice that they need to facilitate their own racial equity workshops. Participants will engage with a behind-the-scenes view of how racial equity workshops are structured, built, and delivered.

Participants will:

  • Be familiar with the practices of equity-focused facilitation
  • Have more comfort & fluency with naming social dynamics and guiding group learning
  • Be able to use the structure, frameworks, and exercises in the Building Racial Equity workshop
  • Feel equipped to facilitate the Building Racial Equity workshop

Who we most want to reach and engage:

This training is geared towards people in organizations that are already mostly aligned in their commitment to racial equity and have already dedicated resources and collective labor. The organization should have staff education as a significant priority of their internal-facing organizational change strategy, and have sent staff to participate in a Building Racial Equity Workshop.

Level: 4 Non-consecutive 3-day trainings
Prerequisite: “Building Racial Equity: Foundations” training offered by Race Forward.

Location
Date
Virtual
Sep 11, 2023


Early Bird rates are available in a few locations until a month before the event, only full price tickets are available within a month leading to the event.

For scholarship applications and any questions, email the Building Racial Equity team at bre@raceforward.org.

For inquiries about training and organizational development, please complete this form. We are doing our best to get back to each request as thoughtfully as possible.

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