What We Are Doing?
What we are doing? For over a decade and a half, we have been using the Racial Equity Learning Exchange Session℠ (RELE pronounced "real") as part of our overall consulting, facilitation and technical assistance services. The RELE Sessions℠ invite child welfare and juvenile justice system stakeholders to examine how their systems respond to the needs of children, families and communities and to further examine the extent to which the issues of race and poverty influence those responses. Recently, we have expanded our services to engage additional stakeholders representing law enforcement and criminal justice, education, and behavioral and emotional health. Engaging diverse stakeholders in conversations that explore how race and poverty might continue to impact policies, practices and outcomes can be and often is very difficult without considering certain factors and subsequently taking the necessary steps to address them.
Our services include three major support services:
RELE Sessions℠- are learning opportunities that are presented over a period of 2 to 3 days for individuals and organizations who want to become more grounded in the use of racial equity, racial identity formation, cultural competence and practice theories to undo racism to improve their responses and outcomes for children, families and communities of color;
Presenter and Facilitator Learning Exchange Sessions (PAFLES) - are "training of trainers" opportunities that are presented over a period of 8 to 10 days for individuals within organizations who want to learn how to use the RELE Sessions to build organizational capacity to sustain and expand upon their existing racial equity work; and
Structural Racism Strategic Planning (SRSP) - are strategic planning processes that are presented over a period of 2 to 3 days that places the achievement of equity at the center of a structural plan using a backward mapping process to identify and change institutional policies, practices and cultural stereotypes.