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?
Beginning in January 2018, two Catalyzing Change meetings will be offered each month, each with its own focus or emphasis. “Stage One” Catalyzing Change will focus on the concepts presented in the Racial Equity Workshop. It will also have an emphasis on awareness, information gathering, and analysis, and the processing of emotions these bring up in us. (We suggest that anyone who has attended Catalyzing Change fewer than 4 times as of December 2017 attend Stage One.)
“Stage Two” Catalyzing Change will focus on applying the workshop concepts and will have an emphasis on visioning and planning, reflection and evaluation. (We suggest that those who have been attending Catalyzing Change regularly over the past year attend Stage Two.)
Participants can self-select the “stage” they prefer and are welcome to attend both, understanding that the objectives of each are slightly different. A centrally located venue is selected for all Stage One, Stage Two and Joint Meetings. If you have completed our intense, two-day Racial Equity Workshop; then you may email Jerry Boyce Jr. at [email protected] for a complete schedule that includes specific dates and locations for the first half of 2018.
Catalyzing Change Facilitation Team:
Nikkeia Wiler (POC)
Anne VanNewkirk (WAG)