Race: The Power of an Illusion (RPI) Learning Exchange

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:45pm
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A day of learning, listening and courageous conversations brought to you by the Iowa Department of Human Services and sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Professional Development

RPI is a 1-day learning exchange that will bring together Extension and Outreach staff and faculty to have conversations about the intersections of race, equity and child welfare. This is another learning opportunity to build on our Navigating Difference Cultural Competency Series, Coming Together for Racial Understanding workshop, and the Understanding Racial Bias: Rewiring Our Perceptions and Intentions Learning Exchange.

The purpose of RPI is to build capacity to reduce disproportionally and disparity in the Iowa child welfare system by providing participants with a safe environment in which to explore and challenge their own beliefs and attitudes about race, to practice better ways of talking to one another about sensitive topics, and to begin to have courageous conversations with one another about how the notion of race affects our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. 

Defined as a learning exchange, rather than as a training, RPI is both a guided educational experience which uses a standard curriculum and a facilitated discussion that encourages and supports participants’ active involvement in the learning exchange. A team of intensively-trained facilitators with a background in child welfare, and commitment to eliminating disproportionally in the Iowa child welfare system, lead the learning exchange 

Race: the Power of an Illusion (RPI) Learning Exchange will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at the Scheman Building, Room 004 on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa. Parking is free.

The exchange is 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. with registration and light refreshments beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The cost of the exchange for extension staff and faculty is $20 per person and includes a light morning refreshment, lunch, and afternoon snacks. For more information, see the Race: the Power of an Illusion (RPI) Learning Exchange Flyer.

Race: the Power of an Illusion (RPI) Learning Exchange Flyer.

Please contact Gayle Coon for additional information. Registration is limited to 35 participants per workshop.

Register online. 

DHS employees may register online here. 

Please contact Gayle Coon for additional information. Registration is limited to 35 participants per workshop.

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