Understanding Racial Justice

Title Track and We The People – MI are happy to present Understanding Racial Justice, a five-week course for white people ready to lean into the racial justice movement, co-facilitated by skilled longtime facilitators E Wolff and Seth Bernard (see full bios below). Many thanks to Rotary Charities of Traverse City for co-sponsoring this work.

The Fall 2021 cohort of Understanding Racial Justice is being offered to spiritual leaders (clergy, elders, deacons, teachers, and lay leaders) in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula. This cohort will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm via zoom from October 13-November 10. Registration is now closed.

Stay tuned for our next general public cohort that will be offered in early 2022.

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 people who have had little to no prior antiracism or anti-oppression training. Themes explored will include race, racism, privilege, identity, solidarity, accountability, oppression, liberation, cultural trauma and healing, and what it means to become an embodied antiracist white person. 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. Sessions will also include creative and somatic practice that supports integration.

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 creating 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 Train the Trainer – Healing Ourselves’, which will be created exclusively by and for BIPOC folks so that they may work on de-colonizing and healing their own communities, as well as helping to move into the facilitation space for non-white affinity URJ coursework.  

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.

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 180 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.

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.

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