Race-Based Equity Work
Our Commitment to Equity
Resilient Futures was conceptualized and founded to expand the reach of trauma-informed practices while centralizing race-based equity. Our focus on equity has been our guiding light from day one and the lens of Cultural Humility grounds every decision, policy, practice and both internal and external interactions. Cultural Humility is focused on the roles of both individuals and systems in perpetuating oppression. Cultural Humility is a departure from the concept of cultural competence, which many people have learned is the goal in working with multi-cultural groups. Instead of trying to figure out how to be “competent” in another culture, Cultural Humility is defined as a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of their own beliefs and cultural identities. More than a concept, Cultural Humility is a process of communal reflection to analyze the root causes of suffering and create a broader, more inclusive view of the world (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998).
The three main tenets of Cultural Humility are: 1) Lifelong learning and critical self-reflection; 2) Disrupting power imbalances; and 3) Institutional accountability. Through the lens of Cultural Humility and in alignment with the foundation’s cornerstones, we listen to and are informed and transformed by the communities with which we partner.
Healing Spaces for People of Color
Our Healing Spaces for People of Color are facilitated by Dr. Eleonora Cahill in collaboration with co-facilitators from our pool of BIPOC staff and faculty. The intention of these spaces is for people of color to come together to create virtual community care and support one another and include Racial Healing Circles and the BIPOC Racial Healing Coaching Series.
Racial Healing Circles focus on healing from racialized trauma and the intersection of managing the demanding role of community-based social justice or educational work. Sessions provide confidential spaces to explore racial identity and the impact of one’s identity on professional roles; explore manifestations of racism as a form of trauma; provide opportunities to engage in collective racial healing from individual and vicarious trauma; increase the capacity of participants to continue to engage in race-based equity work in their communities; and facilitate discussions of challenges related to race-based equity and social justice work in communities.
The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Racial Healing Coaching Series is a small group coaching series focused on healing from racialized trauma. This coaching series utilizes circle work frames and focuses on centralizing the healing of participants from racial trauma, increasing access to resilience, cultivating spaces where BIPOC participants can be their authentic selves, storytelling, healing in community, and reconnecting with joy. Activities cover such topics as Sharing our Stories: Naming and Acknowledging Racial Trauma; Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and the Impact on Leadership; Prioritizing Healing in the Face of Racial Trauma; Caring for BIPOC Staff; Navigating Race within Cross-Racial school teams; as well as Healing Practices to promote community healing.
White Allyship Affinity Groups
White Allyship Affinity Groups focus on increasing the capacity for white allies to actively work to respond to the manifestation of racism. Our goal is to challenge participants to understand and learn from the history of Whiteness and racism in our country; to understand the intersectionality of trauma and racism; to learn skills and strategies to directly disarm microaggressions and other instances of verbal abuse; to support leaders and staff of color; and to actively work reduce white racial stress when engaging in racial conversations and actions and reduce responses of white fragility. Focusing on white allyship is often done in white affinity group spaces.
Race-Based Equity Trainings
Race-Based Equity Trainings are designed to increase the capacity of participants to hold and engage in race-based equity work; to establish a common framework for trauma-informed race-based equity work; to examine and process Unconscious Bias and to develop an understanding of racism as a form of trauma. Additionally, trainings serve to promote the understanding of the critical role of Cultural Humility, equity, and anti-racism in a Trauma-Informed Community. Finally, trainings support participants to explore steps to shift their agency and organizational culture to promote racial justice and equity lens.