WE WIN Together Racial Justice Community
The WE WIN Racial Justice Community provides space for neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and community coalitions to learn from one another. Together, we reflect and gather insight for addressing racism in workplaces and throughout life.
Registration for our Spring Semester (February - June) is now live! Register below:
Structural Racism is diffused and infused in all aspects of society, including our history, culture, politics, economics and it corrupts our entire social fabric. Structural Racism is the most profound and pervasive form of racism from which all other forms of racism (e.g. institutional, interpersonal, internalized, etc.) emerge.
To improve intergenerational well being and equity in our communities, we must first acknowledge our legacy of racism and understand the role that interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism play in creating avoidable disparities. As part of the WIN network, many communities are already addressing systemic racism and many are helping each other learn along the way.
WIN focuses on changing ourselves, our relationships, and our systems. Our framework for action, building from the WIN Network Framework for Action:
Transforming from within
Understanding ourselves and our legacies of racism and inequity, with the intention to heal and grow, focusing on race, class, gender, and place
Understanding that we are connected and need one another
Building relationships and strategic partnerships with those who hold a piece of the puzzle, including people with lived experience of racism and those who have advantage
Transforming for outcomes
Transform our process for how we decide what matters and how we create change together
Changing what we measure and how we learn and change based on whether people and places feel their lives are better
Stratifying our data by race/ethnicity, place, sexual identity and other inequities
Using WIN measures to improve inequities based on race, class, gender, and place
Transforming for equity
Creating equitable change in partnership with those who experience inequities
Assuring that everyone and every place has access to the vital conditions they need to thrive
Changing culture, policies, and investments to create a more just and equitable system
Week 1 - Everyone together – Deepen relationships, explore core concepts about interpersonal and systemic racism, hear the stories of people, organizations and communities taking action, develop strategies to build skills for action that apply across communities
Week 2 – On-demand coaching, book groups, etc for anyone (groundbreakers and pacesetters)
Week 3 – Focus on system change for pacesetters
Week 4 – Coaching for system change for pacesetters
We see these ways of leading as interconnected. We also see many members of this community stepping up to serve as equitable
co-facilitators in this shared community.
How to join the WE WIN community:
Choose a membership level
Complete a short assessment
WE in the World invites other organizations to join us in sponsoring this racial justice community. Your co-sponsorship will support scholarships for people and communities as well as funds to support attendance at special events for members, such as the Race Forward and Privileged Conferences.
These agreements are offered to help create a respectful and brave space for community participants to navigate conversations and discussions in this learning and action community.
1. Be intentional in language; The best way to engage in conversations about race is to be intentional in the words we choose to use in discussions. Taboo words in American society such as "Racism", "White Supremacy", and “White Privilege” are a necessary component for having these discussions.
2. Acknowledge the history; the institution of slavery lasted for 400 years, Jim Crow laws and segregation continued for 90 more years. We must recognize how this history has limited and continues to oppress the Black and Brown community, in order to understand where we are now and ways to dismantle its effects.
3. Understand that racism is Systemic and Structural; Racism shows up systemically through culture, education, policy, and other socioeconomic disparities. Understanding that racism exists through these overt measures in our systems is necessary for effective dialogue.
4. Listen effectively and DO NOT discredit experiences or gaslight people of color; When participating in discussions about race it is important to allow people of color and allies to highlight their experiences with racism (if they chose to). “Gaslighting” is when someone manipulates information to make another doubt their experience, memories, or perception of reality.
5. Understand that talking is not enough; Do your own research and educate yourself about effective allyship. Be active. It is not enough to not be racist, you must also take action to be anti-racist.
How we will be in community together
Be 100% present, extending and presuming welcome.
Try it on.
Speak your truth.
Whenever possible, acknowledge uncomfortable responses: say "ouch!" or "whoops!"; then explain.
When things get difficult, turn to wonder; try "both/and," rather than "either/or."
Always by invitation.
Identify assumptions; suspend judgments.
Be aware of and allow for the difference between intention and impact.