The focus of the Communities of Practice (CP) is anti-racism work. The goal of a CP is to create a community of people who want to focus on a subject, to learn from each other, and to be accountable to the others in the group. It is meant to be safe, challenging and engaging.
Each meeting has a facilitator, who sends out the general topic, and any (brief!) readings. The facilitator loosely guides the discussion– encouraging everyone to speak and to listen, keeping an eye on the time and drawing the meeting to a close in a positive way. Also the facilitator notes any major themes and lets participants know about take-home ideas or actions, as well as the time and focus of the next meeting time. We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for engagement, discussion, deep listening and accountability.
Possible focus subjects include:
– What does it mean to be White?
– How can White parents best talk with their kids about racism and racist events?
– What actions can White people take, beyond reading books, especially if we don’t know any BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)?
– How do we talk with White family or friends who have racist views, who “don’t see color,” who say “all lives matter”?
- Community of Practice for White Men/Those who identify as White men meets virtually at 8 p.m. every other Tuesday. If you are interested in learning more, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community of Practice for White Women/Those who identify as White women meets virtually at 7-8 p.m. every other Sunday. If you are interested in learning more, please email: email@example.com