August 23, 2012
TO: Interested Parties
FR: Dismantling Racism Training Project Team-Bob Bingaman, Jackie Carroll, Allison Chin, Becki Clayborn, Rita Harris, Liz Pallatto Bill Price, Julia Reitan
RE: Dismantling Racism Training Training Application
The Dismantling Racism Project Team (see above) is pleased to be able to invite you to apply to attend a training this Fall.
DETAILS OF THE TRAINING
DATE: Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7.
LOCATION: Naturebridge Conference Center, Marin Headlands, Bay Area California http://www.naturebridge.org/conference-facilities-golden-gate
TRAVEL: Plan to arrive at San Francisco airports by 2:30 PM on Friday and depart airports by 4:30 PM on Sunday (see other travel info below)
DEADLINE: Please apply for this training by Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
The Sierra Club is making a comprehensive effort to address challenges related to our member, volunteer leader and staff diversity. The Dismantling Racism training is one piece of this effort that focuses on giving participants the skills to analyze race in an individual, institutional and cultural context as well as build an understanding of power -- who has it, and how it gets used. The goal is to build a shared analysis of how racism is perpetuated by organizational structures, processes, norms and expectations (in addition to individual behavior and attitudes) and to identify ways to confront those problems within the Sierra Club, the larger environmental movement and in communities in which we work.
Please review the attached goals and agenda to see if this training is a good fit for you.
We would like to encourage individuals and groups of 1-5 people who work together to apply for this training. We hope to have many applicants and yet have a limited number of spots for this training
Applications are due by Wednesday, September 5. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and get back to applicants by 9/7 or as soon as possible with instructions about how to book travel. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED until you receive a confirmation and this information.
We hope to have many applicants AND have a limited number of spots for this training. We will be reviewing the applications we receive and looking for people who fit the following criteria.
PARTICIPANT SELECTION CRITERIA
(1) Priority will be given to staff and volunteers who have not attended the previous two day Sierra Club Dismantling Racism training.
(2) Priority will be given to staff and volunteers currently working, or planning to work, on a campaign involved with a racially diverse community.
(3) Participants who have a leadership role, or potential leadership role, within the Sierra Club.
(4) Demonstrated commitment to adjust their workplans and campaign efforts based on lessons learned at the training.
(5) We will work to ensure a racially diverse participant pool to help foster a rich learning environment and experience.
(6) Priority given to people who can identify as being part of a team of staff, volunteers, and community partners committed to incorporate learnings into their work.
(7) Commitment to participate in activities following the training including 3 to 6 month check-ins.
(8) Willingness to commit to being a change agent in networking within the Sierra Club and their community.
(9) Demonstrated commitment to learning about dismantling racism over time through on-going training.
TRAVEL AND OTHER EXPENSES:
IF ACCEPTED, volunteers and community partners expenses - travel, meals and lodging will be covered by this training.
IF ACCEPTED, national staff should charge certain expenses to their program budgets (time and travel). Meals and lodging will be provided. Please speak to your managers about this before applying to get approval. If you need assistance with travel expenses indicate that you will need assistance in the travel notes field in the application.
IF ACCEPTED, chapter staff will be asked to pay for travel and time out of their chapter program budgets. Please note that travel charges would then be handled on case by case basis as determined by chapter relationship with Beyond the Bay, our travel agent. If any chapter staff find that cost is a barrier to their ability to attend, please indicate this in the notes field of your application and the team will consider travel assistance as an option. .
If you have general questions regarding this training, please contact DR Project Team Co-Leads: