OAR 3-Month Virtual Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Cohort
OAR is has launched three-month virtual cohorts focused on anti-racism, racial justice, and liberation for all. The first cohort session was held from September 2020 – November 2020 (not in session anymore), the next from January 2021 – March 2021 (not in session anymore), and April 2021 – June 2021 (currently in session). Our next set of cohorts after this current session will resume in September 2021. Please see the dates for that upcoming cohort below. Cohorts are separated between BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and WP (White People). BIPOC will be a part of the “BIPOC Liberation Virtual Learning Cohort” and WP will be a part of the “Dismantling Whiteness Virtual Learning Cohort.” In order to participate in these virtual cohorts, you must have a working computer/laptop device with a video camera. If you are interested in participating in one of these cohorts, please fill out the application below. Space is limited to up to 20 people per cohort. If you are chosen to participate in one of the cohorts, the date and time, as well as a payment invoice will be provided to you. If you need to cancel or request a refund, please read OAR’s refund/cancellation policy here. Please be sure to select your preferred starting months for the virtual cohort rank them below. If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About OAR’s 3-Month Virtual Learning Cohorts
Cohort participants will engage in formal learnings and conversations to analyze, confront, and address the racial patterns that are embedded in our lives and that are all too readily accepted as the norm. Topics will include the history of racism; the impact of vocabulary and language; racial superiority/inferiority; white fragility; white energy; the conditioning of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); and the weathering that BIPOC experience as they face racism on a daily basis or raise their voices to challenge white supremacy. The cohorts will be a place where individuals will explore their beliefs and day-to-day behaviors. Cohorts will be separated between BIPOC and WP (White People). BIPOC will be a part of the “BIPOC Liberation Virtual Learning Cohort” where the curriculum and discussion will center more around de-conditioning and working towards liberation. WP will be a part of the “Dismantling Whiteness Virtual Learning Cohort.” Not only do the learnings differ from each group, but this also allows us to have a more open and authentic conversation and in-depth discussions, provide a safer learning space for all individuals for each group, and create a space where the least amount of trauma and harm is caused. Facilitators for the BIPOC Liberation cohorts will be Executive Director Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, Director of Pre-Release Services and Racial Justice Ambassador Mustafa Saboor, Director of Transition Services and Racial Justice Ambassador Phill Simon, and Director of Events & Communications and Racial Justice Ambassador Stephannie Ku (OAR BIPOC team members who have completed intensive anti-racism training through OAR). Facilitators for the Dismantling Whiteness cohorts will be OAR Deputy Director and Racial Justice Ambassador Katy Steinbruck along with members of the Dismantling White Supremacy Caucus (affinity group who have completed intensive anti-racism training through OAR). Both groups will possibly include paid “guest speakers” from other racial justice organizations in our area. The agenda may be fluid depending on what the cohort needs the most. Cohort participants should expect to be challenged and called-in. The BIPOC Liberation cohort will meet virtually once a week for 3-hour sessions over three months (every Thursday for now) for a total of 10 sessions. After the 10 sessions, BIPOC Liberation cohort participants will then transition over to our BIPOC gathering community that meets for one-hour every week and consists of participants from previous cohort sessions. For WP, after the 10 sessions of the Dismantling Whiteness cohort, participants will then transition to 10 hour-long WP learning communities (more information about this will be provided during your cohort). If you are chosen to participate in one of the cohorts, the date and time, as well as a payment invoice will be provided to you. Required readings prior to the participation in the BIPOC Cohort include:So You Want To Talk About Race. Encouraged readings prior to the participation in the BIPOC Cohort include: White Fragility, Me and White Supremacy, and My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Required readings prior to the participation in the WP Cohort include: Me and White Supremacy, So You Want To Talk About Race. Encouraged readings prior to the participation in the WP Cohort include: White Fragility. Additional materials will be sent throughout the cohort.
Virtual Racial Justice Cohort Dates
-September – November 2020 (weekdays during business hours) -September – November 2020 (weekdays during evening hours) -January – March WP Cohort 2021 (Mondays, 6-9PM EST) -January – March BIPOC Cohort 2021 (Thursdays, 1-4PM EST)
-April – June Dismantling Whiteness Cohort 2021 (for WP), Mondays, 6-9PM EST *CURRENTLY IN SESSION*
-April – June BIPOC Liberation Cohort 2021 (for BIPOC), Thursdays, 1-4PM EST
Start Date: April 29, 2021 through June 24, 2021
-September – November Dismantling Whiteness Cohort 2021 (for WP), Mondays, 6-9PM EST
Start Date: September 20, 2021 through November 29, 2021
-September – November BIPOC Liberation Cohort 2021 (for BIPOC), Thursdays, 1-4PM EST
Start Date: September 16, 2021 through December 2, 2021
Paying participants help provide scholarships for individuals formerly incarcerated and personnel (sworn and civilian) in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Court and Judicial Services, Fire and Rescue, Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management
-Individual paid by corporate: $1,000.00
-Individual paid by nonprofit/government agency/faith community: $750.00 *groups between 5-9 individuals receive 20% discount and groups of 10+ receive a discounted rate of $500/person. The organization can pay in advance and the members can apply to attend any cohorts*
-Individual paid by community member: $500.00
-All personnel (sworn and civilian) in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Court and Judicial Services, Fire and Rescue, Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management: Free
-Individuals Formerly Incarcerated: Free
-Scholarship Needed *please see text box at the bottom of the application*
Please fill in the form below to participate in one of OAR’s 3-month virtual racial justice cohorts or call us at 703-228-7030.
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