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2012 Fall 8Wk Holland Institute


Overview

A class of fifteen individuals completed our 8-Week Racial Equity Institute from 3:00-5:00 from October 10 through December 05. The venue was provided by Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus.

Participant Feedback


I have had my eyes wide open since this class. I am more deeply listening to things that people say about other races and can now help try to educate when I can.

It was helpful to have both a person of color and a white person facilitating because it allowed for a greater perspective. 

I learned about the different forms and the new face of racism.

I learned how to respond to situations rather than react.

The group activities, videos, and presentations were all useful and invaluable.

Everyone should participate in an Institute; this is a deep journey.

I learned how the process of racist laws shaped the progress of certain races.

The Institute helped me become aware of other people's experiences and recognize the impact it has.

The research components were very eye-opening and lent a lot of weight to the accompanying discussions.

Hearing stories and personal testimonies is critical in being sensitive to experiences outside my day-to-day life.

The Institute is a unique, safe space to learn and reflect on the systemic nature of racism and learn how to move the needle of racial equity forward.

The Institute helped me continue to develop a greater sensitivity to the issue of racism both in terms of my professional experiences and personal life.

I felt vary safe discussing these sensitive issues with the group.




Participant Action Plans


I pledge to address internalized racism by speaking up - getting my view out in a positive and effective way.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by being sensitive to my coworkers and others around me regarding how what is said may affect them.

I pledge to have a more open mind with my clients. They may have many barriers.

I pledge to address internalized racism by analyzing my own bias. Instead of stereotyping others, I need to stop and think where some of those thoughts have come from and reflect on conversations we had in class to help break away from that.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by asking open ended questions that we discussed in class. I need to be responsive to the situation instead of reactive.

I pledge to address institutional racism by sharing some of the things I learned in class with coworkers.

I pledge to address  internalized racism by continuing to network and spend time with people of other races and cultures.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by speaking up when racist comments or actions happen in front of me. I need to prepare myself to deal with these situations and take the immediate emotional response out.

I pledge to address institutional racism by using things I have learned in this course and apply it at work to constantly promote a diverse workforce.

I pledge to address internalized racism by not reacting but responding - asking questions that get to the impact rather than the intent.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by speaking up and being aware of internalized oppression/privilege and how it impacts our interactions.

I pledge to address institutional racism by questioning the impact of policies and considering long-term unintentional effects.

I pledge to address internalized racism by continuing to be aware of bias I have and continue to address it.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by talking early with my daughter about race and differences.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by discussing with friends and family and challenging them to put themselves in other's "shoes."

I pledge to address internalized racism by paying more attention to the biases that work in my favor because of the color of my skin.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by encouraging those close to me to critically think about inequities they may not recognize on their own.

I pledge to address institutional racism by not supporting businesses that I know support and contribute to racial inequities in our society. 

I pledge to address internalized racism by evaluating how privilege plays out in my day-to-day life.

I pledge to address interpersonal racism by confronting racist statements made my family and friends with open-ended questions.