Intro to Anti-Racism Study Group
Join Lost River Racial Justice and Out in the Open for a six session Introduction to Anti-Racism Study Group. This study group offers a space for white people to learn and understand race and racism and to develop skills to challenge racial oppression. Working from a direct ask from the BIPOC Caucus(Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and from learnings from last year's study group we are creating a space for white people to begin their journey into understanding racism and white-supremacy. During this study group participants will engage with each other, readings, video, and podcasts. We will have space for group discussions, journaling, action, and other forms of processing.

We are limiting the size of this study group to 15 people, and folks will be accepted on a first come basis. Please register by January 17th so we can get materials to you ahead of the first session.

Sessions will run from February until April, and it is expected that you are able to attend the first session and at least four out of the five remaining sessions. We will meet in downtown Brattleboro (exact location to be share upon registration).
-Session 1: Saturday, Feb 1, 1-5PM: How Racism Shows Up in My Life
-Session 2: Tuesday, Feb 11, 6-8PM: Understanding Structural Racism
-Session 3: Tuesday, March 3, 6-8PM: Micro aggressions
-Session 4: Tuesday, March 10, 6-8PM: Building Skills to Intervene in Interpersonal Situations of Racism
-Session 5: Tuesday, March 24, 6-8PM: On Being a POC in Vermont
-Sessions 6: Tuesday, April 7, 6-8PM: On Being an Anti-Racist

If you have any questions- please email Eva at eva@weareoutintheopen.org.

A little more about the co-facilitators:
Claire Halverson is a member of the nucleus of Lost River Racial Justice. She has facilitated learning programs aimed at undoing racism for many years. She is a retired professor at the School for International Training where she taught in the Social Justice in Intercultural Relations Master’s degree.

Eva Westheimer is the Programs and Volunteer Coordinator with Out in the Open. She has facilitated several study groups aimed at challenging white-supremacy. She is a recent transplant from Pittsburgh, PA where she was part of WHATS UP Pittsburgh (Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege) and several other projects.
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