Race: The Power of an Illusion (RPI) Learning Exchange Virtual Workshop to be held April 8

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 9:00am 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 and Coming Together for Racial Understanding workshop. 

The purpose of RPI is to build capacity to reduce disproportionately 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 disproportionately in the Iowa child welfare system, lead the learning exchange. 

RPI will take place from 9am-3:45pm with an hour for lunch over noon and then two ten-minute breaks (one mid-morning and the other mid-afternoon). This session will be presented via Zoom; calendar invitations containing links to join virtually will be sent out to registrants roughly one week prior to each training date.

Registration is available online.

Please contact Gayle Coon for additional information.

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