ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
You are invited to attend the Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (REDI) Working Group Workshop: 4-part series, brought to you by the Union for Reform Judaism’s Racial Equity Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) team.
This series will kick-off on Thursday, March 7, 2024, 8-9:30PM ET with our Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) 101 training. The three subsequent trainings is for those interested in starting (or continuing) the essential work of incorporating REDI practices & principles into your community (including online/physical spaces, youth/adult programming, religious school, High Holiday planning, membership outreach & more).
This series will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to create a REDI Working Group focused on utilizing the URJ Congregational (or Camp) Assessment, so that you can identify both short & long term goals & establish action plans towards creating an inclusive community for individuals & families from a wide range of marginalized backgrounds.
This training will consist of four 90-minute live sessions. Please note that anyone joining us for this series will be asked to commit to attending all four sessions, as each session builds upon the previous one. This will be an interactive training, so please plan on being an active participant.
- Session 1: REDI 101, March 7, 2024, 8-9:30PM ET
This foundational session will help participants to build stronger communities through deeper understanding around the essential need for diversity, and the ways in which we can transform our institutions to create meaningful Jewish experiences, where people of all backgrounds can experience a sense of belonging. The hosts for this call are Vice President of REDI Yolanda Savage-Narva and REDI Assistant Director Rachel Hall.
- Session 2: REDI 101, March 21, 2024, 8-9:30PM ET
Setting up your REDI Working Group & how to get started: Learn how to ensure you have the right people in the “room” & how-to incorporate REDI practices throughout all of your meetings.
- Session 3: REDI 101, March 28, 2024, 8-9:30PM ET
Utilizing the Community Assessment: Learn how to best utilize this tool & create a safe environment for all participants.
- Session 4: REDI 101, April 4, 2024, 8-9:30PM ET
Bring your questions: This session will largely be a space for you to ask questions about the whole process. Hear from people that have run and/or participated in REDI Working Groups in their communities.
We encourage you to share this registration far and wide with your networks, as the information shared in this training is applicable in all spaces and communities.
Additionally, we may break out into small race-based affinity spaces during the trainings. To organize those spaces, we are asking you to self-identify in the registration as either a Person of Color (this includes people who are mixed race, multiracial, biracial, and hold multiple identities [ex, White and Black, Black and Southeast Asian, etc.]), or as white.
We realize People of Color “POC” are not a monolith and that that term isn’t always a useful word to describe oneself. We also realize not all POC identify as People of Color, and that not all POC use that term. That being said, the organizers of this call/ Leaders of Color who are facilitating settled on this language (learn more about race-based affinity spaces here).
Once you complete the registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail including the Zoom link. This is a 90-minute live session and with the goal of creating a brave and vulnerable space, will not be recorded. If you have any questions, please contact Aliza Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.