What is Catalyzing Change?
Catalyzing Change (under the Youth, Parent, and Community Partners Subcommittee), is designed to bring together people who have completed the Racial Equity workshop to think, talk, and work together to eliminate the effects of implicit bias and institutional racism. Catalyzing Change consists of two groups: a People of Color Affinity Group and a White Affinity Group which meet separately and jointly. Each session provides a safe forum to discuss, probe, and inquire about the impact of race on our lives personally, professionally, and as members of the community. Skilled facilitators navigate group discussions using shared agreements and a flexible agenda.
How Do Affinity Groups Help in Identifying Personal Bias and Eliminating Racism?
Through focused dialogue, participants gain new insights into their own beliefs as well as those of others, build new relationships of trust, and exercise their voices in making a difference. Each group has the opportunity to address the concerns and topics that best meet their group’s needs.
Who is Invited to Participate?
All who have completed our intense, two-day Racial Equity workshop are invited to attend and encouraged to fully participate.
When do the Catalyzing Change Groups Meet?
Affinity groups meet monthly on the third Tuesdays. Meetings start at 6:00 PM and last about 90 minutes. A centrally located venue is selected.
Joint Meetings are held three times a year. Meetings start at 6:00 PM, include a light supper and last two hours. A centrally located venue is selected.
Catalyzing Change Facilitation Team:
Nikkeia Wiler (POC)
Anne VanNewkirk (WAG)