Understanding Racial Justice

Title Track and We The People – MI are happy to present Understanding Racial Justice (URJ), a five-week online course via zoom for white people ready to lean into the racial justice movement. URJ was co-created in 2020 by skilled, longtime organizers and facilitators E Wolff and Seth Bernard (see full bios below). We are in the midst of our Fall 2022 cohort that is being led by experienced facilitators as part of our new Train the Trainer program, with support from E Wolff and Kara Bender (bio below). We are grateful to Rotary Charities of Traverse City for co-sponsoring this work. 

Dates for 2023 cohorts will be announced soon!

This course is sure to be a transformative community and capacity building experience that supports your quest to join the movement for racial justice. This course is appropriate for white identified people who have had little to no prior antiracism or anti-oppression training. Themes explored will include race, racism, identity, solidarity, accountability, collective liberation, cultural healing, and embodied antiracism practice. The third week will feature special guest presenters who will share stories and insights from their lived experiences as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people. This course includes creative and somatic practices that support integration, connectivity, and resilience.

Are you curious to learn more about the importance of caucus or affinity group work as an integral part of the quest for racial equity?  “For white people, a caucus provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than placing a burden on people of color to teach them.” Read more at racialequitytools.org.

This course will be offered on Zoom and limited to 40 participants. Participation in this course requires attendance at all five two hour sessions except for the case of emergency situations. Due to the high level of interest in this course, please only register if you are able to attend all sessions. There will be an average of one hour of additional work per week that will compliment the live sessions.  

The payment structure for this course is sliding scale: $125 – $500 ($25-$100 per week). We have set the pricing as low as we can to make this work accessible to all who are interested, understanding that the upper end of the sliding scale is an excellent value for two hours of live session time per week with experienced facilitators, one session featuring three or four special guest BIPOC presenters, as well as invitations for deepening and support resources between sessions. We are grateful for your interest and if you are able to contribute beyond the sliding scale, your donation will go into a scholarship fund for this program.

We are also in the process of rolling out two “Train the Trainer” programs. One, which will expand our capacity to offer more affinity group URJ cohorts for white folks and the second, a BIPOC Healing Ourselves, which is being created exclusively by and for BIPOC folks so that they may work on de-colonizing and healing their own communities. 

A group of white anti-racism leaders have been in training since November 2021 in order to expand the capacity of our Understanding Racial Justice team in order to sustain and expand this offering and its impact in our community (and beyond).

The BIPOC Healing Ourselves training space will promote growth and change offering a safe space for BIPOC leaders to share stories and experiences.  The training will acknowledge trauma and create space for healing from the effects of oppression and explore ways BIPOC leaders can concretely support one another.  The space will also create stronger networks and partnerships within BIPOC communities to collectively develop strategies for BIPOC leaders to survive and thrive while navigating spaces rooted in white supremacy.

It is our intention to grow healed and anti-racist white and healed BIPOC community groups side by side so that they may join as a larger community that is actively working towards an inclusive, loving, healing, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, de-colonized society.

Logo design by Dani Renwick of Charmellow Design.

We are excited to have this team of experienced facilitators and long-time activists in leadership for our upcoming cohorts of Understanding Racial Justice as they share their big hearts, passion for racial justice, and deep insights with this growing community. (pic: March 2022)

Our Understanding Racial Justice team reflects on the journey of this program and looks ahead to future offerings. Since we launched this program in July of 2020, over 230 white folks have shown up with open and eager hearts to participate in this five-week course for white people ready to lean into the racial justice movement. (video: Dec. 2020)

Title Track’s Cultural Healing Facilitator, Elisheva Wolff, talks about the origin story of our Understanding Racial Justice program and what’s it’s been like to return to her home community of Northern Michigan to help nurture the work of antiracism here over the past year. Wolff co-created and co-facilitates the five-week course for white people ready to lean into the racial justice movement. (video: Dec. 2020)

Title Track’s Co-Executive Director Holly T. Bird reflects on how white people can support Indigenous leadership. Holly is one of our week 3 BIPOC presenters for Understanding Racial Justice. (video: Oct. 2021)