Institute for Healing Racism

When was the last time you had an honest conversation about race with a diverse set of people?

Over the years, racism has become one of several highly sensitive topics that people avoid talking about in public. The sad truth is that racism happens every day, whether or not we choose to discuss it with our peers or coworkers. This silence likely even perpetuates racism, encouraging ignorance through a lack of understanding.

Racism can assume many forms. Whether it’s the explicit judgment of others because of skin color, telling a bad joke in the break room, or more subtle versions where the person doesn’t even realize they carry an implicit bias – like assuming someone is less qualified for a job.

To the Grand Rapids Chamber, racism is a disease – and like many other diseases, there is a cure. Take part in the healing process with the Institute for Healing Racism (IHR).


Facing Racism

The Chamber believes the most effective way to combat racism is to educate individuals by use of an honest and open dialogue.

Facing RacismIHR’s 2-day program, is an opportunity to start this dialogue by bringing racism to the forefront of discussions and examining  it as both a personal and societal problem. Once this is accomplished, the framework is set for not only knowing how to identify racism, but learning how to take steps to combat it in our workplaces and communities.

Facing Racism is designed to attack the disease of racism from all sides. Throughout the program, a racially diverse group of people commit to learning how to diagnose and heal the disease by first dissecting their own thoughts, feelings, and actions. Most importantly, each participant must be able to listen in a non-judgmental, objective manner.

Once this first step of trust and understanding has been taken, the members of the group are more receptive to open and honest discussions about some of the most understated and controversial topics related to racism. What does it mean to be a person of color? What does it mean to be white? How is this racism affecting my company? By the end of the session, each participant will be empowered with the knowledge and insight of how to face racism in his or her workplace, personal life, and community.

Ensure the health of your company and community by becoming a healer of racism.


Applying

An application process is required in order to participate in the Facing Racism program. Applications must be filled out at least two weeks prior to your preferred session.

Institute for Healing Racism Application


Session Details – 2018 Facing Racism Dates

August 9-10, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan

November 7-8, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inc.

Program cost is $350 for Chamber Members and $400 for non-members.