Racial Justice Trainings and Education
YWCA Northeast Kansas provides trainings and presentations to individuals, groups, businesses, faith communities, and organizations looking to enhance their understanding of racial justice. Contact Regina Platt, Racial Justice and Advocacy Coordinator, with any questions or requests for trainings at your group or organizaton.
YWCA Facilitators are committed to racial justice work. As an active member of the movement to promote positive race relations, facilitators carry the responsibility of promoting a safe environment for all participants to share personal experiences and opinions regarding the topics of race and racism.
Fall Cohort 1: October 11, 25, November 1
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fall Cohort 2: November 15, 22, 29
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Time Commitment: 4 hours spread over two 2-hour sessions with a single cohort, or group of facilitators. There is a third session available to those interested in becoming active facilitators. All sessions are in-person at YWCA Northeast Kansas.
Group Training: It is important for community building and continuity of learning that you complete your training within a single group.
Cost: The training is FREE if you are able to commit to attending all sessions.
What will you learn?
- Chapter 1: Getting Together. In the first of the three sessions, we will focus on “getting together,” both literally and figuratively. Get to know one another as individuals and as racial justice advocates. We will also “get together” in terms of our racial justice philosophy. Learn about the philosophy and models used at YWCA Northeast Kansas to talk about racial justice and examine common missing bricks you’ll come across in your facilitation work.
- Chapter 2: Circle and Facilitation. Next, delve into the benefits and origins of circle dialogue. Learn the mechanics of the circle and using the talking piece. Get into the role of the facilitator and learn the traits that are beneficial and detrimental to facilitation.
- Chapter 3: Practice Makes Practice. None of us will ever be perfect, but with practice we get better and better each time we facilitate. This third part is devoted to practicing your new facilitation skills. You will take turns acting as a facilitator and as a participant.
This class is limited to 25 attendees.
What Is Racism, Really?
Often people think of big, obvious examples, like racial slurs, KKK or Nazis, racial hate crime or not hiring someone based on their skin color.
But thinking about what racism IS and IS NOT is much more complicated than that.
This conversation explores the four levels of racism and how they stand alone and intersect with each other. Participants will also gain knowledge of how racism plays a role in everyday interactions, decisions, policies, procedures and laws within the U.S.
Sessions take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm via Zoom.
Free Virtual Seminar: Stay tuned for future dates.
Join Racial Justice & Advocacy Director Regina Platt in this interactive, virtual seminar on talking with kids about race. Whether it’s your own kids, your classroom, or simply a child you care about, it can be tough to know what to say to them about race and when to have those conversations.
This seminar will offer participants a safe space to ask questions, raise concerns, and learn about resources and best practices for engaging children of all levels in conversations about race, racism, and racial justice.
Here are some common questions caregivers have on this topic:
- How do we teach kids about history without saddling them with pain, shame or guilt?
- How do we talk with them about the present and the future without creating a sense of hopelessness?
- How do we help young people grow into adults ready to take action and advocate for racial justice?
Watch the most recent video tutorial, and find more resources on our blog:
YWCA’s racial justice work is made possible in part by the generosity of Evergy and Kansas Gas Service, and their commitment to their core value of inclusion and diversity.