I-House and Racial Justice Advocates lead a learning lab to to harness our local nonprofit community’s collective power to foster systemic change and create an Anti-Racist future for our community.

On every other Thursday morning in May and June, I-House is hosting a learning lab for nonprofit leaders who are interested in creating a shared understanding of how racial inequities, attitudes, policies, and practices have collectively created predictable adverse outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and have shaped their institutions. Addressing the root causes of racial inequities builds organizational accountability needed to address underlying causes of racial inequities and moves an organization toward establishing a commitment to becoming a culturally responsive organization. 

This program is a part of I-House’s ongoing Anti-racism Initiative, begun in response to a community survey in which racism was identified along with climate change as the most important global issue of our time.  I-House has hosted two public webinars, “Listen.Learn.Act.: A Conversation with Anti-racism Leaders in our Community” and “Embracing Racial Equity” which can be found on I-House’s Youtube channel here. Along with RJA, we hosted a listening session with BIPOC leaders in Davis who shared their experiences. Click on the image to the right to view the full report.

 We are grateful for the support of the City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs program to make this program happen.

Community Insight Report

The Learning Lab Program Description

The Racial Equity Learning Lab will include two foundational workshops and two learning labs that integrate five key learning objectives into every convening. Additional reading and post-workshop assignments will also be included. The Lab will have two segments: 

Power, Privilege & Responsibility: leaders will explore their relationship to power and privilege, abuse of power, and historical oppression within white-led systems and organizations. We will examine how race’s social construction has contributed to adverse outcomes for marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities of color. Participants learn to develop racial stamina to be effective allies in racial justice work. Understanding that we did not choose this system, we recognize that we are responsible for addressing it within our systems and organizations.

Introduction to Organizational Cultural Responsiveness: Participants will have courageous conversations about the systemic impacts of racism and the perpetuation of inequities affecting marginalized, vulnerable, and historically disenfranchised communities of color. Content focuses on building a baseline of factors that can promote or negate the role of racial equity and cultural responsiveness in strengthening services and outcomes for BIPOC people.

Each workshop will be followed by a learning lab session to develop individualized organizational plans to implement actions to address inequities.

Learning Objectives

  •  Foundational Learning: Learn key terminology about racial justice and cultural responsiveness.
  •  Normalize Conversations: Build a baseline of knowledge that promotes and normalizes conversations about race, equity, and cultural responsiveness within organizations.
  •  Racial Stamina & Shared Sense of Responsibility: Participants will actively process their learning experiences to establish a group culture focused on learning, trust, and personal development. Additionally, participants will develop individual accountability plans to continue self-work beyond the workshops.
  • Action-Centered Tools: Will support participants with identifying the next steps in applying a racial equity and culturally responsive lens to our work to minimize predictable adverse outcomes for communities served.
  • Life-Long Learning: Participants will commit to integrating racial equity and cultural responsiveness as a lifestyle practice during and after the cohort series.
RJA Team
Racial Justice Advocates Team

Participating Organization

A powerful collective of leaders from 20 non-profit organizations are learning together to make positive change in our communities. 

  • Davis Media Access
  • Davis Forest School
  • Davis Live Music Collective
  • Acme Theatre Company
  • First5Yolo
  • 3rd Space Art Collective
  • Yolo Community Foundation
  • Soroptimist International of Davis
  • Cool Davis
  • Short Term Emergency Aid Committee
  • Davis Repertory Theatre
  • MOSAIC Children’s Museum
  • Yolo Food Bank
  • Pence Gallery
  • City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Judicial Council of CA
  • Davis Arts Center
  • Yolo County CASA

Price

The cost will cover materials, workshops, and lab sessions. Partial scholarship assistance is available; please contact Shelly Gilbride at shelly@ihousedavis.org for more information. The price for each individual to participate in this pilot program is as follows:

  • For organizations with annual budgets under $50,000: $50 per person (up to 2 representatives per organization)
  • For organizations with an annual budget of $51,00-500,000:  $150 per person (up to 2 representatives per organization)
  • For organizations with an annual budget of more than $500,000: $250 per person (up to 2 representatives per organization)

Funded in part by the City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs Program

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