OAR 3-Month Virtual Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Cohort (September-November Weekday During Business Hours Cohort Participant Registration Only)

Congratulations! You have been selected to participate in OAR’s Virtual Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Cohorts for the September-November 2020 weekday during business hours session. Please fill out the registration form below and reserve the dates and times below for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Cohort. We look forward to starting this new journey with you.

About OAR’s 3-Month Virtual Anti-Racist Racial Justice Cohort

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 White People. 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 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 White People cohorts will be OAR Executive Director Elizabeth Jones Valderrama and 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. Cohort groups will meet virtually once a week for 3-hour sessions over the three months of the program. Encouraged readings prior to participation in the cohort: So You Want To Talk About Race and White Fragility. Additional materials will be sent as people are accepted.

BIPOC Virtual Anti-Racism and Racial Justice Cohort Dates

September – November 2020 (every Thursday, 1:00pm-4:00pm, see dates below)

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020 – NO SESSION

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Please fill in the form below or call us at 703-228-7030. 

You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you have registered successfully! If you have not received your confirmation email in your inbox, please also check your “Spam” or “Junk” inbox as well. Questions or concerns? Contact racialjustice@oaronline.org