As part of this work, groups of anti-racist co-conspirators and allies have come together for in-person convenings. At those convening we develop our skills, share resources, and build a network of support among fellow co-conspirators, across organizations.
Learn more about our last convening and scroll down for details on how you could help us to host our next regional meeting!
Over the last two years, groups have come together across the country to develop our skills, share resources, problem solve, and build a network among fellow co-conspirators across organizations. The meetings have resulted in a number of follow-up activities and new connections, including the development of this website.
At the October 2016 convening, which we held in Boston, 60 leaders from a dozen cities came together to discuss ways for white education professionals to become better allies and co-conspirators. Thank you to City Year for hosting the meeting at their Boston headquarters, and to the Flamboyan Foundation for providing meals!
The day's sessions included:
- Resources and strategies for educating ourselves and our peers about the history and current realities of racism in America, and for engaging with students about racial justice
- An organizational case study focused on moving beyond representational diversity to building an organizational culture of inclusion and interrupting racist behaviors and structures in our own organizations
- Small group consultancies regarding specific problems of practice presented by participants
- A discussion of structures and commitments for holding ourselves accountable for action, not just talk - and for taking care of ourselves and each others as we devote ourselves to this work
The response to the convening was overwhelming and positive:
We are planning a series of convenings in 2017, with a focus on building regional coalitions of leaders committed to fighting racism in public education and beyond. If you’re interested in helping to build a regional event in your community, please contact us using the form below.