Institute for Healing Racism

The Institute for Healing Racism will help build diversity and understanding within your organization.

The Institute for Healing Racism is the area’s leading program for uncovering racism and understanding its impact on individuals and the workplace.

2017 Facing Racism Program Details

Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch. The two-day “Facing Racism” seminar costs $350 per person for members and $400 per person non-chamber members.

2017 Session Dates & Locations

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 8 & 9, 2017
Steelcase – 901 44th St. SE

Thursday & Friday, November 9 & 10, 2017
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County – 425 Pleasant St. SW

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Questions? Contact Megan Smith Jovanovic for more information.


About the program

More than 2,000 people have attended the two-day “Facing Racism” seminar since 1997.

Because racism is a powerful force in our lives and community, the Institute challenges participants of all backgrounds to be part of an equally powerful dialogue. We provide the safe space and neutral guidance needed to help that dialogue emerge.

Through presentations and exercises, participants from all backgrounds engage and build a shared understanding of racism together. After facing racism and its impact on individuals, businesses, and our community, participants discover tools to create an inclusive workplace and community.

“The Institute for Healing Racism has been very beneficial to almost every individual that has gone through it. It is the best experience that we have found to have our people understand the challenges and perspectives of folks unlike themselves. It is hard to be inclusive if you don’t understand what others might feel.“
– Earle S. “Win” Irwin, Chairman & CEO, Irwin Seating Company

How do I enroll as a “Facing Racism” program participant?

We encourage persons of all skin color and ethnicity to participate. We seek a wide range of participant backgrounds to ensure a high-quality, dynamic and robust cross-cultural conversation. Check out the available sessions above.


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