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Anti-Racist Practice Series for Human Services Professionals: A free webinar series throughout August

Not being racist is not enough

Human Services at UC Davis was proud to provide this webinar series every Friday in August 2020 for Human Services leaders and staff as the kickoff to many additional course offerings that support anti-racist and culturally responsive practice in child welfare, eligibility, Wraparound and other Human Services programs. We were encouraged by the participation of our Human Services community with nearly 3500 total registrations for the webinar series.

A Call to Action

As Human Services professionals, we serve some of the most vulnerable children, youth adults and families, and this requires that we be informed, willing and committed to “do the work” of becoming anti-racist in our work and our lives. Not being racist is not enough; we are called to action to take a strong, sustained and active stance against racism in all its forms. “Doing the work” includes the internal work on our own biases and complicity with systems that create and sustain inequality, as well as the work at an agency and system level to understand and undo structures that have led to inequity and disparate impact for children, youth, families and adults who are people of color.

Webinars in This Series

This training series included four webinars, all of which were recorded and can be watched via the links provided here.

  • Foundational Anti-Racist Practice - August 7: As Human Services professionals, we have an ethical duty to become actively anti-racist in our work in order to best serve vulnerable children, youth, adults and families. This webinar discusses historical and current events and definitions related to racism.  Watch this webinar recording.
  • Disproportionality and Systemic Racism - August 14: This webinar explores how disproportionality and systemic racism show up in Human Services systems, and strategies for changing this. After attending this training, participants will understand the history of systemic racism in the United States in key areas that impact families who interface with Human Services systems, and also be able to explain how current examples of systemic racism affect children/youth, adults and families of color.  Watch this webinar recording.
  • Implicit Bias and Microaggressions - August 21: Simply having a human brain means that we have bias and make assumptions about others, and research suggests that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so. This webinar invites participants to identify and explore their own biases, and provides approaches to overcome them to increase the success of one’s work as a helping professional. Watch this webinar recording.
  • Allyship - August 28: Allyship is an active, consistent and ongoing practice in which a person holding systemic power seeks to end oppression in solidarity with a group of people who are systemically disempowered. Allyship emphasizes social justice, inclusion and human rights by recognizing the experiences of privileged and oppressed groups and acknowledging that an individual can have identities of both privilege and oppression simultaneously. This webinar looks at what it means to be an ally against racism in a Human Services profession.  Watch this webinar recording.


UC Davis Principles of Community

Human Services at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is committed to confronting and rejecting all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, age, visible and non-visible disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/ non-religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socio-economic class or any of the other differences among people which have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred.

Antiracism Resources

Visit our Antiracist Resources page for information and tools to support antiracist practice.

Resources for Racial Trauma

Visit UC Davis Diversity, Equity and Inclusion resources on racial trauma to access additional resources on racial trauma from UC Davis.

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