Begin Your journey towards anti-racism
We are focused on addressing the needs of our community and dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As community tensions rise in the wake of multiple acts of police violence, the veil of how racism is embedded in our society is removed.
The Y is an organization focused on addressing the most critical needs of our community and dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for all. As such, we must begin to address how to undo racism and become “anti-racists” at an individual, organizational, and societal level. We seek to more effectively lead as an anti-racist, multi-cultural organization, yet as we embark on this journey together, we do so with humility, fully cognizant that as a local and national institution we have so much more work to do.
Anti-racism is the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti- racism tends to be an individualized approach and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.
— Definition by Race Forward
We invite all Y communities to take this journey with us and begin to unpack what it means to be an anti-racist. We know that the first step includes unlearning previous notions and educating ourselves as individuals committed to this journey. We encourage you to begin your individual anti-racism educational journey with us by diving deep into understanding racism from its origins to its impact on society today.
Take Harvard’s Implicit Association Test to assess where you are at in your anti-racist journey and begin taking courses around diversity, inclusion, and equity. This can include personal learning (books, movies, podcasts, etc.) or formal training spaces. We suggest the following opportunities to get started.
Undoing Institutionalized Racism Workshop: The People’s Institute Undoing Racism Workshop is an intensive workshop designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be “undone” if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated.
Click to download a PDF of anti-racism resources.
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