September 2010 - Undoing Racism
UNI, Allen College and the Cedar Falls community present
a three-session workshop
Wednesday, September 22 - Friday, September 24
Center for Multicultural Education
University of Northern Iowa
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. PISAB, affectionately known in the community as The People’s Institute, considers racism the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities. Through Undoing Racism™/Community Organizing Workshops, technical assistance and consultations, PISAB helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.
Founded in 1980 by long-time community organizers Ron Chisom of New Orleans, and Dr. Jim Dunn of Yellow Springs, Ohio, The People’s Institute has impacted the lives of nearly 130,000 people both nationally and internationally. Through this process, it supports a cadre of anti-racist organizers who build leadership in and account to the constituencies where they are organizing.
Today, The People’s Institute is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation. In a 2002 Aspen Institute survey of eleven top racial justice organizations, five credited The People’s Institute with having the most effective anti-racist analysis.
For more information on PISAB visit http://pisab.org/
The September UNI sessions are September 22 and 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and September 24 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education.
Applications for the Septemberl workshop are due Friday, September 10.
Seats are limited!
Each participant MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING EVERY DAY OF THE WORKSHOP!
If an applicant cannot be there for all three sessions from start to finish they will not be accepted.
Applications may be submitted to Dr. Blackwell by mail or email.
In addition to the link above, applications may be picked up at the Center for Multicultural Education (upper level of Maucker Union), 319-273-2250.
Workshop participants will:
- ♦ Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural;
- ♦ Develop a common language and analysis for examining racism in the United States;
- ♦ Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on his/her work
- ♦ Understand why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color;
- ♦ Understand the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how and why they are maintained;
- ♦ Understand the historical context for how U.S. institutions came to be and who they have been designed to serve;
- ♦ Understand how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere;
- ♦ Address surface assumptions about how your work is (or is not) affected by racism;
- ♦ Develop awareness and understanding about ways to begin Undoing Racism;
- ♦ Gain knowledge about how to be more effective in the work you do with your constituencies, your organizations, your communities, your families;
- ♦ Understand the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions as a means for Undoing Racism.