Resilient Intellectuals Seeking Equity (R.I.S.E.) Conference

This year R.I.S.E. in combination with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond is excited to present

Undoing Racism and Community Organizing

Thursday – Saturday, January 26-28, 2017
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center - Senate Room
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Dear Student,

You are invited to apply to the very popular and much anticipated Undoing Racism and Community Organizing workshop presented by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice.

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, liguistic, 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.

All Application materials are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 in person to Student LIFE (PSU 209), the Diversity & Equity Center (PSU 316) or the Center for Disability Services (PSU 268) Or you can scan and email the signed application materials to . If you have questions contact (425) 388-9504.

Submitting your application does not guarantee that you will be selected to attend. A selection committee will review applications and determine the 40 attendees by Monday, January 23, 2017 at 4:00pm. You will be contacted by email or phone. A waitlist will be established and used if student is unable to attend. EvCC will pay the workshop registration if you are selected.

Student LIFE and the Diversity & Equity Center