Session 1: Valuing Black Lives
This foundation-laying session will be centered on the recent surge in protests, policy changes, and movement building in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and will allow space for team members to share their specific experiences as individuals occupying specific social positions. Specifically, participants will explore the concept of anti-Blackness and why it is central to understanding how white supremacy works in the United States today.
- Debrief this current transformative moment in racial justice as a team
- Practice building explicit culture where discussion and reflection of social identities and relationships to structural forms of oppression are normalized and consistently practiced
- Share the impact of this moment on ourselves and our community to begin identifying service implications
- Explore Anti-Blackness as a concept and reality in the operation of white supremacy in the United States
- Start identifying how we can support the student community through this time.
Session 1: Valuing Black Lives, Wednesday, October 7, 1-3 pm PT
Session 2: Cultivating Values-Aligned, Interdependent Relationships
Each of us lives in accordance with our values to various degrees, both implicitly and explicitly. This session will allow us to share and critically reflect on values that guide our personal and professional lives as well as what values we’d like to lead with as a team, using an intersectional equity lens. We will identify how to center our values in the relationships we create and sustain as an asset in creating long-term change.
- Reflect on our personal, professional, and team values
- Share how we currently live out our values in action
- Identify gaps between our practices and desired practices
- Challenge ourselves and each other to deepen our practices of values-centered work
Session 2: Cultivating Values-Aligned, Interdependent Relationships, Thursday, October 22, 9-11 am PT
Session 3: Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism
Establishing conflict as both neutral and inevitable will allow us to start brainstorming how we can prepare for productive, trust-building conflict management in the future. We will start conversations about how to reconcile racial injustice using Restorative Justice principles and beliefs at both the individual level and the community level.
- Assess our individual and collective communication styles and conflict styles
- Discuss the historical and present relationships between Restorative Justice and anti-racism
- Apply Restorative Justice frameworks around conflict and relationship building
- Strategize productive and restorative ways of managing race-related conflict together
Session 3: Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism, Thursday, November 5, 12-2 pm PT