Background Information on Training

RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?
From February 9 - May 27, 2013, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will host Race: Are We so Different?, a dynamic exhibition of the American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota. To engage the broader community, we are seeking to recruit dynamic, energetic, and thought-provoking individuals to facilitate community dialogues for community members who have visited the exhibit and would like to explore race at a deeper level.

THE WASHTENAW COUNTY UNDERSTANDING RACE PROJECT:
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CO-PLANNERS COMMITTEE
With generous funding from the United Way of Washtenaw County, the Understanding Race Project (URP) Community Engagement Co-Planners Committee is initiating this training. The mission of the Community Engagement Co-Planners Committee is to ensure that the community component of the Understanding Race Project will continue to promote racial justice, by addressing, in perpetuity, the issue of racism within each of the following eight major institutional systems through which it operates: housing, economics/wealth, judiciary/law enforcement, health care, education, politics, culture, and transportation.

ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER FACILITATOR
To apply, facilitators should exhibit the following qualities: demonstrated experience with group facilitation processes; competence managing conversations on the issue of racism; ability to look at the impact of racism on ALL peoples; a commitment to end racism; a willingness to facilitate dialogues with community members through a co-facilitation process; strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills, as well as cultural competency knowledge and abilities.

Facilitators will have an opportunity to engage various communities and groups in Washtenaw County during the exhibit. As these are valuable life skills, it is our goal to create a regional group of trained racial justice dialogue facilitators that can serve as leaders in the future.

COMMITMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Attend the complete Racial Justice Facilitator Training Session and a tour of the exhibit.
• Work with other facilitators to facilitate at least 1 session.
• Follow the suggestions and guidelines for facilitators, and utilize the techniques included in the training.
• Consult with co-facilitator before the session and then debrief immediately after
• Attend a monthly debriefing/support meeting for facilitators.

TRAINING DATES AND LOCATION
There is no cost for the training.
Dates: Saturday, January 26 10am – 5pm and Sunday, January 27, 10 am - 5pm (IT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS TO COMMIT TO ATTENDING BOTH DAYS OF THE TRAINING)
Location: Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center 4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Tour of the Exhibit and discussion: February 8 (time TBD)

TRAINING GOALS
*Understand how small-group dialogue is part of a larger process for community change.
*Understand the special role of a facilitator.
*Learn about race; racial justice; and the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit
*Learn how to cultivate relationships with white allies
*Experience a dialogue
*Learn and practice facilitation skills AND learn from constructive feedback.

The URP will hold monthly debriefing meetings, feedback and opportunities for constructive feedback.

APPLICATIONS DUE TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
APPLICANTS NOTIFIED BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013

For more information, please contact Zarinah El-Amin Naeem at zarinahn@umich.edu; 313-377-2857

We want to thank the United Way of Washtenaw County for graciously funding this program, as well as the U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity for funding the work of the Co-Planners Committee and the Community Conversations.

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