Undoing Racism Workshop Application

Undoing Racism is the signature workshop of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice.

The multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 100 men and women whose anti-racist organizing expertise includes years with civil, labor and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing. An average of 10-15 groups per month nationwide participate in The People’s Institute Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing process.

The workshop addresses the following areas:

1) Analyzing Power: Effective organizing requires accurate analysis of the systems that keep racism in place. The training examines why people are poor, how institutions and organizations perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who benefits from the maintenance of the status quo.

2) Recognizing The Internalized Manifestations Of Racial Oppression: The training explores how internalized racial oppression manifests itself both as Internalized Racial Inferiority and Internalized Racial Superiority.

3) Defining Racism: In order to undo racism, organizers and educators must understand what racism is, and how and why it was constructed.  The training explores how the idea of race was created to implement systems that benefit some people and oppress and disadvantage others.

4) Understanding the Manifestations of Racism: Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings.  The training examines the dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism.

5) Learning From History: Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well.  The training demonstrates that a full knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.

6) Sharing Culture:  The training process demonstrates that even as racism divides people, sharing culture unites us.  Cultural sharing is a critical organizing tool, and is central to the training.

7) Organizing to Undo Racism: The training explores principles of effective organizing, strategic techniques of community empowerment, the importance of community accountability, and the internal dynamics of leadership development.

Workshops are limited to 40 participants. The People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond believes in creating training spaces with equal representation amongst the participants. Due to this policy, we are asking that you choose your first, second, and third preferred session from the following dates below as well as your payment information and we will follow up with you soon with payment and additional event details if you are selected to attend one of the workshops. Payment will be required after you have been selected. 


**IMPORTANT – Due to the latest public health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, OAR has decided to postpone the March 23-24 and May 2-3 Undoing Racism Workshop to a later date. Our main priority is to keep our community healthy and thriving and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time and if you have any concerns about COVID-19 or looking for more information, please visit the CDC’s official website here. If you have any questions, please email racialequity@oaronline.org.**


Workshop Dates: 

March 23-24, 2020, Alexandria, VA (2-day workshop, both days required) **POSTPONED SEE ADDITIONAL DATES BELOW**

May 2-3, 2020, Arlington, VA (2-day workshop, both days required) **POSTPONED SEE ADDITIONAL DATES BELOW**

July 20-21, 2020, Location TBD (2-day workshop, both days required)

September 26-27, 2020, Location TBD (2-day workshop, both days required)

October 23-24, 2020, Location TBD (2-day workshop, both days required)

November 16-17, Location TBD (2-day workshop, both days required)

Payment Information:

-Individual Paid by Corporate: $500.00

-Individual Paid by Non-Profit/Government Agency/Faith Community: $400.00

-Individual Paid by Community Member: $300.00

-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 *Scholarships require a statement of need, please see the statement of need text box below*

*Please note that your application does not guarantee you a spot at the workshop. Workshops are limited to 40 participants. If you are selected to attend one of the workshops, you will receive an email from OAR with event and payment details. Payment is required for this event. All workshops are held in locations accessible by vehicles and transit. All workshops are wheelchair accessible. 

Questions? Contact racialequity@oaronline.org.