Teaching literacy in the messages shaped by history, power, economics, and culture, Racial Equity Learning is a new way to deepen the conversation around race and equity. Using integral learning, World Trust Educational Services, in collaboration with leaders in the social justice movement, provides best practices to generate transformational learning and arts integration to “connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing (Rand Corporation, 2005).” Through a focus on whole body learning, people learn to feel and experience their reactions, developing the emotional intelligence needed to deconstruct and integrate the structures that hold structural racism in place.
Each module consists of 4-6 hours of instructional material with community building exercises, film and video, arts learning, history, core lessons from experts in the social justice field, indigenous wisdom, and additional resources.
These resources can be used in sequential fashion for day-long workshops. Modules can be broken into sessions that are instructed over time, or you can use them independently to deepen work in which you are currently engagedView all modules
What People are Saying
The material focuses on institutionalized racism, which is the hardest to explain. It is compelling without being provoking.
The best I've seen! I'm excited about getting started, using it in our department & city wide.
Sometimes we struggle with the angle to approach difficult conversations about race and equity, REL served as a great resource and an excellent frame for the conversation. It helps to advance what we are all hoping to achieve.
The art and imagery in this curricula sparked a different part of people's minds and gave us a more complex understanding of race and power. These modules will become a part of our quarterly training materials; they support us in opening new conversation around race and power.
Racial Equity Learning should be required learning in K-12 and college curriculum.
Who Should Use These Materials
Educators & Trainers
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:
- Higher education – professors, administrators, and students
- Government – local, state and federal employees
- Healthcare providers and administrators
- Faith-based leaders and their communities
- K – 12 school communities – parents, teachers, staff and high school students
- Nonprofit organizations including community-based service and cultural workers.