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Racial Justice Institute

RJI.pngThe EAC is pleased to announce the launch of the Racial Justice Institute in January 2022!

The Racial Justice Institute sessions are intentional spaces for Pre-K - 12 educators to deepen their understanding of racial justice in the individual, the institutional, and the systemic with values of antiracism, capacity building, collaboration, humility, and love.


The Racial Justice Institute will offer professional development that centers the experiences of racially, ethnically, or linguistically diverse educators serving Oregon’s Pre-K to 12 students. Funded by Oregon’s Student Success Act, the Institute aims to provide culturally and racially affirming learning environments for educators in order to address race-based isolation and fatigue and grow educators’ capacity to support, lift up, and collaboratively work with teachers, students, and families in their schools and communities. 


Educators can participate in monthly, virtual learning sessions to connect, align, and amplify culturally sustaining pedagogical approaches by deepening their understanding and analysis of the individual, institutional, and systemic impacts of racism on schools and communities. In addition to the monthly sessions, educators can apply to join a small cohort of Fellows to develop projects that aim to positively change school-level policy and practice towards improving conditions for students. Fellows will receive a stipend, coaching and meet monthly with their cohort.


The Racial Justice Institute centers racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse educators’ experiences and safety, meaning learning opportunities are explicitly designed to center the healing and wholeness of brown and black educators, but not exclusively.


RACIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE GOALS and APPROACH

Rooted in the values of anti-racism, capacity building, collaboration, humility, and love, the Institute aims to achieve the following:

  • To deepen educators’ understanding and analysis of the individual, the institutional, and the systemic impacts of racism on schools and communities in order to navigate dominant paradigm spaces     

  • To equip educators with the tools and support to create and sustain culturally and racially affirming environments

  • To grow educators’ capacity to support, lift up, and collaboratively work with teachers, students, and families in their schools and communities

  • To connect, align, and amplify culturally sustaining pedagogical approaches

  • To create an environment where educators can receive support to combat the effects of race-based isolation and fatigue


For a calendar and more information on the Network sessions, click here.

For more information and the Fellowship application, click here. Applications are due January 10, 2022 at midnight.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.

About IDEA: the Institute for Democratic Education in America

The EAC has partnered with the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) to host and facilitate the Institute. IDEA is a non profit organization based in Jackson, Mississippi that collaborates with students, educators, families, and communities to advocate and build capacity for education equity and racial justice. IDEA was founded in 2010 by educators, parents, and organizers who saw the need to change the narrative and practice of education towards learning that is relevant to young people and communities. A core belief was that the best way to effect widespread change is to collaborate with and raise up the voices of youth, educators, parents, and community leaders. While Jackson is IDEA’s home base, they also work with partners and communities around the United States and in Puerto Rico. Find out more on the IDEA Website.

Contact the RJI Coordinators at RJI@democraticeducation.org.

For any additional questions, email EACinfo@oregonlearning.org.



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