Edited to add: Here’s a PDF document about the workshop we’ll be going to on Tuesday that makes me think YAY! This is a good fit for our course. The focus of the document is “strategic questioning” and while the purpose is to develop ways to deal with difficult social problems and create change, it also applies in many ways to the conversation we just had about how finding the right question is an important step in research – and how those questions will change as we learn more.
Also worth exploring in advance of the workshop – Racial Equity Tools, a website that provides practical tools for change-agents.
So see you in Alumni Hall next Tuesday!
Here’s some information about that workshop scheduled at exactly the same time as our class.
Dr. Shakti Butler, facilitator, lecturer, trainer, and activist around race and social justice. Dr. Butler is the founder and president of World Trust.
All Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend her workshop “Understanding White Culture as a 21st Century Leadership Skill” scheduled On February 16th from 2:30-5 pm in Alumni Hall.
This interactive session will help us to understand racial inequity as a precursor to building strategies that address racial and socio-economic barriers and will cover
history, identity, and culture;
internal components of bias, privilege and internalized racism; and
external components consisting of relationships that are interpersonal, institutional and structural.
More about World Trust (from its website)
Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust is a catalyst for racial equity. World Trust produces equity, inclusion, and diversity films, curriculum and workshopsthat deepen the conversation about race.
We need to talk. Devastating racial inequity persists in the U.S. Race, more than any other demographic factor, determines levels of health, wealth and achievement in the United States. Recent events in the news demonstrate the need for real change.
The conversation about race is shallow and remains focused on individuals. It stops us from talking. It freezes our capacity to connect, to analyze, and to act across crucial racial divides. Without intervention, the system of inequity is self-perpetuating.
… World Trust Educational Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1987, and supported by donations from individuals, families and foundations, and through income from seminars and the sales of our films.
Okay, so it’s a non-profit organization. How can you find out more about it? ProPublica (a non-profit news organization) makes financial information from non-profits available online using the 990 tax forms required by the IRS. Sweet, huh? This outfit looks pretty straightforward. Nobody is getting paid huge bucks. Nothing funny going on. These public forms are actually really interesting when it comes to understanding non-profits and how they get and spend money. You can even see 990 tax forms for Gustavus.