Pharnal Longus Institute on Undoing Racism
Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder racial equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for social justice.
Workshop participants will:
- Develop a common definition of racism and an understanding of its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic, and cultural
- Understand one’s own connection to institutional racism and its impact on his/her work
- Understand why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color
- Understand the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how and why they are maintained
- Understand how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere
- Develop awareness and understanding about ways to begin undoing racism in organizations
- Understand the role of community organizing and the building of effective multiracial coalitions as a means for undoing racism
The Weekend Institute is June 7 - 9, 2013 in Harrington Building Room 201 on Salem State's South Campus.
CEUs and PDPs are available to particpants who complete the weekend training.
The Weekend Institute on Undoing Racism at Salem State University is named in honor of its founder, Professor Pharnal Longus. Pharnal taught in Massachusetts state colleges from 1972–2002, and created the Institute for Undoing Racism at Salem State University in 1991. He brought enthusiasm, hope, optimism, and faith in creating racial equality in classroom teaching and in community organizing.