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2021-2022 Faculty Opportunity

This opportunity is for adults who work with young people, ranging from early childhood education to college age. (Even if you do not work directly with young people, please reach out anyways!)

The Racial Reconciliation and Healing Project gives faculty the opportunity to explore three core elements of racial justice work: 1) a Radical Democracy framework, 2) how to interlace the head and the heart, and 3) the different roles of people of color (POC) and whites in dismantling racism. Faculty will develop tools to support youth in their understanding of these three elements.

Read more on the attachment if you are interested in applying as faculty!

2021-2022 Youth Applicant Intake Form

Please apply if you are interested in a project that brings together Youth of Color and White youth to discuss, expose, and address structural racism at its roots. Students who are in their junior year of high school or older in September 2021 or older will be considered for this program. Youth are invited to participate in the program for multiple years; however, there is an expectation that during the second year of participation, they will begin to do their own fieldwork and apply what they are learning to be a part of a change effort.

Meeting time:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm

When: Starting October, 2021 and ending June, 2022.

Where: Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

640 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

 

The model:

“Heart Space” (higher risk days)

The group is led through personal exploration into the theory of racial identity development, internalized privilege and oppression, and the various levels of racism and how they intersect with other forms of oppression. This is done via racial affinity groups, role playing, healing circles and a number of other activities. During this time, the young people learn to manage intense affect, their own and others’, while unpacking their experiences with racism. There is an expectation that participants find their voice in this process and learn to engage one another in safe ways.

During the second half of the year, the group begins to work on understanding and finding connections with their own family members and unique histories via “ancestor journeying” activities.

Public health education/workshops (lower risk days)

Being housed in a healthcare setting and with a strong partner in the city’s health department, the Racial Reconciliation and Healing program is well-equipped to increase participants’ understanding of health inequities. Trainings include sessions on the following topics:

    • An overview of public health, including information on the health equity framework, epidemiology, social determinants, and how to understand research
    • An explanation of the intersection of racism and health and the biological pathways of stress
    • Information on the history of race in the United States and race policy
    • How to use racial justice framing and community organizing as tools for making change
    • An introduction to the Socratic teaching method, group facilitation and public speaking    

What you need to know:

  1. You need to have legitimate (not drinking, smoking or cutting people off) ways of taking care of yourself. You need to be someone who talks when they are upset.
  2. There needs to be a part of you that allows for the possibility that racism has a bigger impact on your life and the world then you currently think it does.
  3. There are few programs like this that charge adolescents/young adults emotionally.
  4. You come to do this work for yourself, not on behalf of others.
  5. You can’t coast in this space; people are going to challenge you. It could happen the first week of work.
  6. Part of racial reconciliation work is that you must check in with the Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dennie Butler-MacKay, and do an assessment of readiness.
    • If you are in a place where you are juggling a lot (housing, school, childcare for siblings, economics, transportation) you need to think about if this program is for you. Dennie will be asking about these things.
  7. You have to feel, to deal, to reconcile and heal.

Youth will be paid a monthly stipend.

Any questions can be directed to:

Abigail Ortiz
Co-Director of Racial Justice and Equity Initiatives

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Email: aortiz3@bwh.harvard.edu

Phone: (617) 983-4104