Poirot Executive Program - Fall

This program will feature speaker Joyce James, who will increase awareness and elevate the level of consciousness of participants by building a common language and understanding of racism as the underlying factor that contributes to racial inequities in all helping systems. This increased knowledge can be a catalyst for developing strategies to build more effective programs, strengthening community partnerships, and for beginning the journey towards transformation of all systems to better understand and respond to the needs of all populations, especially those impacted by Human Services.

This workshop will support leaders to begin to think deeper about ways to establish and/or strengthen a foundation and framework for initial and ongoing work with a specific focus on root cause or a “groundwater analysis” of racial inequities. Participants will have the space to discuss institutional and structural racism in the historical and current context in a way that promotes accountability for “turning the mirror inward” to examine systemic rather than individual factors of racism. Finally, this workshop will provide leaders with an opportunity to examine internal structures and processes and to understand the impact on the individuals and families their organizations serve.

Learning Topics include:

  • Examining systems to broaden knowledge and understanding of the underlying causes of racial inequities within systems and institutions, and factors that contribute to poor outcomes for vulnerable populations
  • Increasing understanding of the importance of cross-system collaborations and community partnerships to examine the attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes that shape the lens through which children, families, and communities of color are viewed to remove barriers that contribute to racial inequities
  • Introducing new language, skills, and concepts to move toward the development and implementation of more effective interventions that can reduce racial inequities and improve outcomes for all populations served
  • Promoting accountability for “turning the mirror inward,” to examine systemic rather than individual factors of racism contributing to poor outcomes for poor communities and communities of color
  • Examining commonly held attitudes and assumptions that create and sustain disproportionate and disparate outcomes for poor communities and communities of color
  • Examining current thinking on why people are poor as defined by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond and how this contributes to racial inequality and social injustice that can often be tracked to the community level
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