Why Race Matters Workshop: History, systems and strategies

Posted on August 7, 2019

Nonprofit Capacity Building Opportunity

Innovia Foundation is honored to partner with Greater Spokane Progress, Community-Minded Enterprises, Empire Health Foundation, Spokane County United Way and Whitworth University’s Dornslife Center for Community Engagement to bring you the Why Race Matters Workshop: History, Systems and Strategies. 

There are two opportunities to attend:
Wednesday, August 21 from 9:00am-5:00pm
(click here to register for August 21)
Friday, September 20 from 9:00am-5:00pm
(click here to register for September 20)

Using the acclaimed documentary “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” the Why Race Matters Workshop, presented by Greater Spokane Progress and led by a multi-racial team of local facilitators, addresses how racial inequities have been built into institutions and structures throughout our country, why it is important to use a racial equity lens, and what we can do to advance racial equity in our organizations and in our community.

This interactive workshop provides a foundation for further racial equity work: 

  • Examine beliefs about race, advantage and justice, and how these issues impact our communities, organizations, and institutions.
  • Define and discuss implicit bias and explicit bias and examples of how they operate on individual and institutional levels.
  • Gain awareness of historical cases of institutional racism.
  • Define terms and develop an understanding of the difference between: structural, institutional, and individual racism; and equity and equality.
  • Identify structural and institutional racism, how it continues to impact us today,and the complexities of the intersections with other oppressed identities.
  • Discuss local examples of institutional racism and begin to think about next steps for our ourselves and our organizations.

A follow-up workshop will be held later in 2019 to support organizational leaders in taking intentional steps to advance racial equity in their own organizations and in the larger community.

Registration fee including lunch: $20  per person*
*Scholarships and travel stipends are available. To request, contact Anne Martin at anne@spokaneprogress.org.

Organizations are asked to register up to 3 people per organizations and include people who will likely attend the Why Race Matters Workshop and the follow-up workshop this fall.

QUESTIONS? Contact Alicia Heiser at aheiser@innovia.org.