Racial Affinity Group Training – December 5th

No racial affinity groups aren’t racist. They are tools to help you transform schools and organizations. Find out all about them, and how to use them at our next training on December 5th! Register here: https://forms.gle/NpChXobecBxz8tDb7.



Between police murders, covid19, and our (former) President’s twitter feed, there is plenty to discuss. Adults need to be prepared to have critical conversations about race in the classroom and to decolonize their schools. However, not every conversation or activity should across race. This is where racial affinity groups come in. We want you to experience how racial affinity groups can provide supportive space and structures for collaboratively examining racial identity development. Having experienced and led these groups, in multiple settings, we (Jen Benkovitz and I) want to help you learn from our failures and successes.

After leading thousands of folks in racial equity work, one of the highlights for my participants is whenever we go in to racial affinity space. Some say, “This was the first time I experienced affinity group,” or “I never knew the power of these spaces.” Then they ask, “How the hell do I get these going?” and “What if it goes wrong?” This inspired Jen and I to create kickoff training to get you started, and a Spring series for folks who want ongoing support and group coaching. See details below.


December Overview Outcomes:

  • Use a framework to understand and discuss how racial identity development influences our beliefs and behaviors as educators
  • Create a healing space for BIPOC and a learning space for white participants
  • Develop an understanding of the role that racial affinity work plays in dismantling White Supremacy Culture in our schools
  • Brainstorm next steps for laying foundation for affinity spaces


Spring 2021 Monthly Series Outcomes:

  • Support to launch racial affinity groups
  • Review readings, research, and resources to support racial affinity group
  • Troubleshooting common pitfalls and dilemmas with leading racial affinity space
  • Examine the relationship between racial identity, student outcomes and school transformation 


Target Audience: 

  • Classroom Teaches, School and District Leaders
  • Grade-Level, School and District Leadership Teams
  • Anyone committed to engaging in critical reflection, inquiry and dialogue about race



  • Register here: https://forms.gle/NpChXobecBxz8tDb7
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Date/Time: 
    • Saturday, December 5th from 9:30-12:30 Pacific Time
  • Cost:
    • $75 for participants
    • Additional 20% discount for teams of 4 or more


*Optional Spring Support Series:

Instead of a train the trainer model, we want you to experience what you want your folks to experience. Through facilitating ongoing racial affinity space, and providing a monthly touch point for leaders, we want to set you up to get spaces going and sustain their success.

  • What: Five (5) monthly follow-up cohort sessions
  • When: 4:00-6:00pm Pacific Time on the first Tuesdays of each month between January and May
  • Cost:
    • $250 for participants
    • Additional 20% discount for teams of 4 or more
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