Crossroads workshops are designed to reveal how systemic racism plays a role in often unseen ways, creating barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. We’ll help you struggle with the tough questions and equip you with the skills to dismantle racism and transform your institution. Contact us today!
This workshop is designed to help participants create the spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions, understand the power dynamics in society that impact us, develop the skills to interrupt old patterns and inequitable practices that limit access and exclude some people from our institutions, build trust and clear communication and begin to understand how to make decisions based on multiple perspectives where all people can be heard and represented.
In this workshop designed especially for educators, participants will explore how bias and race prejudice develop, and how they become structured into institutions and systems. Participants will also gain insight into how children and adults internalize and act out of these biases. The 4 Goals of Anti-bias Education will be introduced and participants will consider ways to apply them to educational settings. For educators working in all settings, including early childhood, religious education, after school programs, K-12, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.
The purpose of this introductory workshop is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice. Participants will experience first-hand Crossroads effective methodology for facilitating productive conversations about race. They will also be be introduced to a strategic methodology that can assist people effectively organize to dismantle racism in their institutions.
Participants will build a common definition of racism and explore the historic development of institutional racism in the US. They will examine ongoing realities of racism including the identity-shaping power racism has on People of Color and White people; explore racism’s individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; and consider the link between racism and other forms of oppression. A strategic methodology to dismantle racism will be introduced, focusing specifically on applying principles of organizing and social/cultural change. Click for info on how to organize and prepare for this workshop.
(Prerequisite: all participants must first complete an Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism Workshop)
In this workshop designed especially for educators, participants will look in-depth at how prejudice and bias develop in children and adults, and gain insight into developing age appropriate ways to support children and adults on these issues. Participants will also explore how emotional health and development are negatively impacted when children are socialized into a system of oppression. This workshop is designed to develop educator capacity to create anti-biased classrooms and educational spaces, and help educators integrate anti-bias goals into their curriculum and pedagogical practices.For educators working in all settings, including early childhood, religious education, after school programs, K-12, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.
Explore how Internalized Racist Oppression (IRO) and Internalized Racist Superiority (IRS) show up in your institution and disrupt effective work, prevent cooperation and collaboration, and maintain work practices that prevent the institution from fully realizing its mission and vision. Learn how caucusing helps build the long-term relationships necessary for healthy antiracist organizing. Explore the nuts and bolts of caucusing, identify pitfalls to avoid, learn proper facilitation skills, and identify outcomes of caucusing.
Understanding how US history is fundamentally shaped by its inseparable relationship with white supremacy provides the foundation for critical organizing. Participants will delve into history and identify ways it impacts and applies to their antiracism organizing strategies (some preparatory work will be required).
Gain a fuller understanding of how racism manifests in the structure and culture of your institution. Participants will use the analysis of systemic racism to examine the history of racism and resistance. They will also identify individual, institutional, and cultural racism; and explore the three manifestations of power (Power ¹, Power ² and Power ³) inside their institution.
Visit our Antiracism Teams page for details on how to create and equip an antiracism team with the skills to dismantle racism and build antiracist/anti-oppressive policies, practices and procedures in your institution.