Syllabus

Each workshop is adapted by its co-facilitators to suit the participants, but all draw from a core syllabus. Between sessions, we assign activities and readings (mostly from scholars, writers, and trainers who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color) that we have selected to reflect current events and participants' interests.

HISTORY

Participants understand the social and historical construction of race, how White supremacy was built into the structures of American society, and how narratives have hidden these realities from White people.

 

Key sources:

  • RACE: The Power of an Illusion (California Newsreel)

  • Birth of a White Nation (Jacqueline Battalora)

  • The Case for Reparations (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

REFLECTION

Participants examine in depth the messages, interactions, responses, and potential leverage points related to racism and White supremacy in their lives, from childhood to the present day.

Key activities:

  • Racial Awareness Journey (here are two examples)

  • Spheres of Influence

THEORY

Participants develop a critical racial lens to analyze racism as it operates on multiple levels.

Key sources:

  • The White Privilege Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

  • Microaggressions in Everyday Life (Derald Wing Sue)

  • The Four Is of Oppression (John Bell)

  • White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun & Kenneth Jones)

 

PRACTICE

Participants use role plays to experience and build skills in sidestepping White fragility, developing empathy, reducing and mitigating microaggressions, breaking White solidarity, and leveraging privilege. The workshop culminates in an individual action plan identifying an aspect of institutional racism that each participant commits to impacting within their sphere of influence. Further work can be done with an accountability partner from within the group.

Key sources:

  • Cracking the Codes: A Trip to the Grocery Store (Dr. Joy DeGruy)

  • The White Ally Toolkit (David Campft)

  • How To Be An Antiracist (Dr. Ibram X. Kendi)

We inherit movements. We recommit to them over and over again, even when they break our hearts, because they are essential to our survival.

ALICIA GARZA