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Unpacking Racism for White Folks

Unpacking Racism for White Folks

Marissa Metelica, Equity Allies

Details & Online Registration

Program information

Tuesday, June 29th from 10am-1pm ET

As we see racial disparities escalating this public health crisis for black and brown communities, as well as the continued police brutality stealing the lives of black men and women, many of us are wondering how we arrived at this reality and how we can be better allies for racial justice. In order to work toward balancing present inequities, we must learn about the system of racism that got us here and where our agency to affect change lies.

Too often, in addition to enduring the indignities of racial oppression, people of color are asked to contribute an unfair share of the taxing emotional labor to educate white people about the tragic reality. In the struggle for racial equity, white people need to do the work to educate one another and work collaboratively with communities of color to change the systems of injustice from which we, as white people, benefit. There is no better time than the present to begin doing this work.

This interactive, three-hour-long online training presented by Marissa Metelica of Equity Allies will provide an intro to race, racism and whiteness. Through individual reflection activities, dialogue, and lectures, participants will learn about the historical legacy of racism in the US, increase racial literacy, and investigate conscious and unconscious bias. Participants will learn about and practice strategies for interrupting racism on three levels: internally, interpersonally, and institutionally. By the end of the training, participants will have tools, resources, and practice in allyship.

This training is for community leaders, educators, parents, and anyone who wishes to expand on their abilities to be an ally for a more racially equitable future.

About your Facilitator: Marissa Metelica is a white anti-oppression educator, artist, and healer with a decade of experience training and consulting organizations in race and gender equity. She has provided curriculum and facilitation to government agencies, non-profits, and universities. Through Equity Allies, which she founded in 2019, Marissa offers interactive, trauma-informed anti-oppression training that invites and honors individual truth. With her background in Applied Theatre, Marissa weaves body-centered learning and healing into all of her justice work. Marissa strives to welcome the shadow and centralize the most marginalized stories in order to heal and grow into our highest capacity for grace and equity. Her work in theatre for peacebuilding and reconciliation has taken her to Rwanda, Uganda, and Northern Ireland. Marissa has also served as an adjunct professor at Drew University, the Director of Programs at the Applied Theatre Collective, and serves on the Board of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center.

About Pricing: Kirkridge is committed to providing vital and generous programming for a better world. We need your help to continue doing so.  The cost of providing this program is approximately $45 per person. Please support this program if you are able. We will be grateful if you could contribute an additional amount to help cover the costs of others and as always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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