WORKSHOPS for racism training and skill development must be, by definition, “working places.” This means that:
- Level One participants are not just sitting and listening to presenters, reading a book, or viewing a film, but should be engaging in focused conversations on critical topics pertaining to racism, participating in question and answer sessions and interacting face-to-face with persons not from their own parish. It is this diversity of viewpoints and experiences that will demonstrate the importance of this ¨work¨ for everyone.
- Level Two participants must also include role-playing activities in which they assume situational identities where they must interact and respond to racist comments and conversations.
- Level Three workshops should focus on parish planning for diversity and inclusion.
Workshop facilitators should be encouraged to plan for these types of interactions with activities that get participants involved and out of their seats. It is expected that due diligence will have been done to ensure that facilitators have the proper training to conduct these sessions.
The EDWM Commission for Dismantling Racism requires prior approval of any parish activity related to racism training and skill development that is designed to meet the diocesan ¨Acknowledgement Certificate of Work toward Racial Reconciliation.¨ Workshop approval requires completion of the attached application, as well as a listing of objectives that reflect the particular phase that the workshop is being designed for. To make it possible that your workshop will be accepted, please complete the following form and submit it six to eight weeks before the event to:
EDWM Dismantling Racism, Mary Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org
You should receive a reply of approval or request for further clarification within fourteen days.
Click here to access the online application