Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: Racial Equity Learning for Action
After a World Trust event, we are often asked, “Where do we go from here?” World Trust has created a series of learning modules inspired by the film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity. These learning modules prepare students, activists, educators and professionals to act by providing a deeper understanding of systemic inequity, developing skills in communication and healing, and teaching the fundamentals of democratic movement building.
The program is designed to: 1) fill the gap between learning and doing; 2) lift up other organizations by showcasing their work; 3) build intersectional community among social justice organizations.
World Trust applies transformative learning pedagogy to core content supplied by other racial equity organizations such as Justice Matters, The Applied Research Center and the Alameda County Office of Education. By augmenting this content with multi-media and modalities ranging from art expression, dialogue and poetry to case study analysis, learners go deeper into “cracking the codes” of racial inequity to:
- Understand the self-perpetuating system in which internal biases play out externally in our institutions, policy and law.
- Heal our own internalized privilege and oppression.
- Build skills to analyze and address external manifestations of systemic inequity.
- Practice value-centered rejuvenation and community to sustain racial justice efforts over time.
Modules have been successfully piloted with a range of audiences: YWCA leadership, United Methodist clergy, City of Seattle social service workers, and former offenders in North Lawndale Employment Network’s U-Turn Program.
Comments from participants and facilitators:
“The film clips, the video, and the newspaper clips were all exceptionally engaging. They confronted me/us with real examples with which we needed to take in both emotionally and intellectually.”
“I will use the framing techniques with examples of news media in my work. I will also use it in conversations at my church or with my family.”
“This is the first time that I feel I am coming away with new tools and guides to address race. A lot of time, there is a tendency to focus (and usually, necessarily so) on the fact that racism exists but this was helpful in telling about specific ways to continue the conversation toward action.”
“The group activity took [former offenders] from knowledge to action. The wheels were turning and they got fully involved with process. Each group chose a different scenario to practice – interviewing a chief of police, planning an anti-violence meeting. It was empowering for them to see themselves in different ways/roles.“