SCHENECTADY – The Capital Region Antiracism Training Initiative announced its fall programming schedule as well as the start of The Allyship Institute on Thursday.
The Initiative is a community-led group that began this summer with discussions and workshops surrounding antiracism and combating racism. It’s organized by the Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga Counties, Proctors Collaborative, Samaritan Counseling, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and others, including The Gazette, which is a media partner.
It started with a virtual discussion in July with Ibram X. Kendi, who wrote “How to Be an Antiracist,” and continues this fall with a seven-part series of workshops.
Organizers are asking community members to read “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” by Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an MSNBC contributor, in preparation for a virtual discussion on October 6 with the author. The book is a mix of biography, history and critical analysis.
A limited number of copies of the book are available through curbside pickup (by appointment only) at the Karen B. Johnson Public Library; email [email protected] for details.
The Allyship Institute is a new addition to the Initiative, bringing together national and regional leaders through virtual presentations to provide insight into antiracism, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in faith communities, at home and beyond.
Allyship emphasizes social justice, inclusion and human rights by “ingroup” members to advance the interests of a marginalized or an oppressed group.
Starting off the seven-part series will be a virtual introductory session about the Allyship Institute starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with a discussion about the role of Allyship in eradicating racism. Presenters include Hayward Derrick Horton of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany and David Olsen of the Samaritan Counseling Center.
“Building off our very successful summer of programs including a community conversation with author Ibram X. Kendi and the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, the launch of the Allyship Institute, our community read and a virtual visit by New York Times bestselling author and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. are all exciting next components of the Capital Region Antiracism Training Initiative,” said initiative founder and Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties president Denise Murphy McGraw.
Participants can join any session for free via Zoom, where they can interact with instructors or can watch on social media. To watch on Zoom, advanced registration is necessary and capped at 100 people. Each session will also be available live and on-demand on Collaborative Studios’ Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. For more information or to register for a session, visit proctors.org.
Here’s a look at the schedule of events:
- Introduction to the Allyship Institute: Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
- Diversifying the Workforce in a Homogeneous Community: Friday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
- Antiracist training for mental health workers: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m.
- How to be an antiracist parent: Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.
- Antiracist training for clergy religious leaders: Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
- Racism and Health Disparities: Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
- Community Conversation on Race with Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.