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Supporting Healthy Identity Development

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The Why and How of Racial Affinity Groups

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Supporting Healthy Identity Development: The Why and How of Racial Affinity Groups (CATDC Online)

The term “affinity group” refers to a gathering of people who all share a similar identity. Purposefully and thoughtfully designed racial affinity groups enhance cross-cultural communication and provide a space for reflection, dialogue, and support. These kinds of groups offer a time and space for empowerment of the individual and of the group within the greater community. At their best, racial affinity groups are a powerful tool in creating an inclusive and thriving learning environment. This three-part online series will provide practical tools, resources, strategies, and mutual support for educators who are currently facilitating, or considering implementing, racial affinity groups.

This workshop is aimed at educators who are seeking to learn more about implementing and leading affinity spaces, including diversity practitioners, deans of students, division directors, and others. Participants will leave with practical tools and resources to support creating and leading their own affinity groups at their school sites.

SESSION 1: FOUNDATIONS OF RACIAL AFFINITY GROUPS

The first session will focus on the theoretical basis for affinity groups and will include a summary of relevant research. We also look at different kinds of structures for affinity group work based on constituent group (student, faculty, parent). Prior to the first session, participants will be asked to complete two short readings.

SESSION 2: STRATEGIES AND TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE RACIAL AFFINITY GROUP DEVELOPMENT & FACILITATION

For the second session, we will focus on curriculum topics including scope and sequence and sample curricula. We will continue to look at model structures and frameworks for affinity groups, and share resources and tools available to educators and school leaders. Some of this will be done via virtual breakout rooms in racial affinity groups (POC/White anti-racist).

SESSION 3: COMMUNICATION, RESISTANCE, AND COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING

In our final session together, we will explore and share strategies around effective communication and consensus-building, especially when encountering resistance. We will dive into the underlying and often unspoken causes of resistance to affinity groups and DE&I work, and identify strategies to strategically engage resistors. Time will also be devoted to topic- and interest-specific breakout spaces, allowing participants the opportunity to cohort with others around topics they choose.

SESSIONS

SESSION 1: January 28, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

SESSION 2: February 11, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

SESSION 3: March 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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This workshop series will be held online via Zoom and may be recorded for CATDC's archives. By registering for this event you are consenting to be recorded and photographed by CATDC.

CANCELLATION POLICY

For our CATDC Online Workshops, refunds are available up to 14 days before the session. Please contact us directly or make the request within Eventbrite.

Registration may be transferred to a different person up to 7 days before a session. However refunds will not be given, and a session missed for any reason will not be refunded.

Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop and cannot transfer registration. This will allow us time to contact our waitlist and hopefully fill your spot.

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