As change and social transformation are not merely intellectual pursuits and cultural beliefs are rooted deeply in the body and spirit as well as the mind, World Trust uses an integrated approach to our curricula, using visual and performing art as well as slides presentations, written materials, and handouts. This approach supports the deconstruction of deeply held cultural beliefs by addressing the pre-conscious brain. We use story, film, music and the arts to activate our habits and associations around fairness and justice, allowing our brain to draw connections to our personal experience.
In order to incorporate new learning into a new system of behavior it must be approached from many different angles, using an arts integrated approach helps to equalize the knowledge in the room, giving each participant a new way of approaching and interacting with the material that is authentic to the individual. By making each module a multi-modal learning experience, World Trust encourages holistic knowledge acquisition. This engagement in deep internal work allows a collective engagement in the systems and structures that hold racism in place.
- Use proven methods of transformational learning that take individuals through an arc of learning, meeting each participant where they are.
- Address the pre-conscious brain through story, music, and the arts.
- Equalize the knowledge in the room; buy supporting authentic personal knowledge that informs the collective experience.
- Support individuals in identifying culturalization, by examining stories and media that supports the development and maintenance of structural racism.
- Volume 1 focuses on the history, culture and identity that maintain and reinforce the systems of racism; Volume 2 focuses on movement, immigration and the development of race in the United States; Volume 3 explores colonialism and the impact it has had on current thought patterns and interpersonal communication.
- Racial Equity Learning Modules are ideal for those who are interested in engaging others in issues of diversity & inclusion, and particularly in exploring and understanding structural racism. These groups might include adult learners in a variety of sectors including higher education, government agencies, non-profits, school districts, faith-based and community groups.
- Designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences.
- Understanding how white privilege operates and is maintained within a system of inequity
- Tools for change, including: strategic questioning, entry points, mental checklists, framing
- Processes for going within and for reaching across the group to build confidence and tap into the group’s individual and collective strengths, and their willingness to act for racial justice