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Circles for Social Change believes that white folks must do the “inside work” of accountability and healing to effectively participate in efforts for social change. This workshop is  for white people who wish to be more responsive to the complexities of ​building relationships and solidarity across lines of difference, and ​​effectively challenging racism in society and in ourselves. We direct participants to the “inner work” of racial justice education -- looking within to understand how our own beliefs and behaviors are shaped by systemic racism and how that continually impacts us in our relationships and our activism. Using restorative justice principles, we create a container free of blame, one that we do not see as "soft" but rather essential in building our capacity to be engaged learners with genuine accountability.

Many anti-racism trainings for white folks are designed to build a knowledge-base about racism in order to create behavior change among participants. Our one-day training is unique because it goes deeper than the intellectual and seeks to cultivate the necessary emotional strength and resilience to recognize and work to address racism in ourselves, our communities, and our country.

Through restorative justice practices we will engage in self-reflection, dialogue, and group activities to...

  • Move from our heads to our hearts in our discussions around race

  • Develop mindful awareness and greater control over our stress responses in conversations about racism or our own biases

  • Recognize and respond to microaggressions through restorative conversations

  • Tie together economic and racial oppression to foster solidarity across lines of race

  • Explore ways to have meaningful conversations about race within our families and across political divides

Who is this training for?

This training is designed for self-identified white people, who are invested in undoing and unlearning white supremacy to support social & racial justice. If you are committed to building connection and community through vulnerable group and individual exercises, this training could be for you!

“If you've come here to help me, you're wasting your time. But if you've come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

          - Australian Aboriginal Elder Lilla Watson

Topics covered:

  • White Fragility and Root Causes

  • Racial Healing Using Restorative Practices

  • The Importance of White Affinity Spaces

  • Head to Heart Engaging with Racial Issues

  • Being Authentic and Accountable White Accomplices