Registration open for upcoming Understanding Racial Justice cohorts!

We are currently in the midst of our first in-person cohort of Understanding Racial Justice and looking forward to two more cohorts in the coming months, one via zoom and another in-person opportunity this Spring in Traverse City. Learn more and register below.

Our first virtual cohort of 2023 is now open for registration! Our 13th cohort of Understanding Racial Justice will meet via zoom for 5 weeks, meeting on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm ET from March 7 – April 4. Registration is open for anyone living in the United States. Chris Good and Wendy von Courter will be co-facilitating this cohort.

Our next in-person cohort will meet in Traverse City (location TBA) on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00 – 2:00pm from April 25 – May 3. Lucy Waechter Webb and Tess Waechter Smith will be co-facilitating this cohort.

Sliding scale and scholarships are available. Learn more about the course including facilitator bios on the Understanding Racial Justice page.

“The work is right here for us and it is calling us in.”

In the video above, URJ organizers and facilitators Lucy Waechter Webb and Tess Waechter Smith share some powerful reflections from the Open Space in Traverse City, where 2000+ people gathered in the summer of 2020 in defense of Black lives in the wake of the George Floyd murder. Understanding Racial Justice was one of the efforts that emerged from this collective yearning for racial justice and healing with many people showing up saying ‘no more’ and ‘what can I do?’ More than 260 white folks have journeyed through URJ since 2020. Yet, the murders and violence against black and brown bodies continue at the hands of white supremacy. Almost 1,200 people were killed by police in 2022, the most ever recorded. Black people were 25% of those killed by police in 2022 despite being only 13% of the population.