Unhealed historical harms embedded in the founding of this nation continue to splinter communities across the United States. Racial healing recognizes the need to acknowledge and tell the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism and address the present consequences. It is a process and tool that can facilitate trust and build authentic relationships that bridge divides created by real and perceived differences. Racial Healing creates a pathway for healing justice that is rooted in uncovering history (truth-telling), making connections across racial lines, working together to heal, and taking action for justice that restores.
This high engagement workshop provides a framework for achieving structural and cultural competence along a continuum that sets forth six stages. Participants will develop tools to assess and measure structural cultural competence in values, attitudes, policy, practice, resources as well as their engagement with internal and external environments. Gauging their organization or institution’s theory of change and identifying how best to put that articulated theory of change into action in service of racial justice for the full and equal participation of all groups and individuals, that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. “Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and where all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.”
These offerings will provide an avenue for the professional and personal development of staff/leaders to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion, build immediate community power within their organizations and institutions as well as accountability and allyship.
At Restore Institute, our approach offers a continuously evolving set of purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation. “Drawing upon history, lived experience, and the conceptual frameworks of trauma healing and restorative justice, the authors provide concrete suggestions for how individuals and groups can undertake this healing journey.