Race-Based Caucus - Separate
Time & Location
About The Event
Race-based caucus is held monthly and is free to attend. We encourage you to make attendance a part of your ongoing commitment to racial healing and accountable equity work.
Saturday mornings are set aside for combined (cross-race) conversations, and Tuesday evenings are held for work done separately. Child watch is provided at all caucus gatherings.
Sign-up is not required; however, if you choose to register, you'll receive reminder emails.
We ask that participants have at least some training prior to attending caucus, such as Introduction to Racial Equity, ERACCE, White Men & Allies Learning Lab, Doing Our Own Work, Transforming White Privilege, or equity training at your place of work.
Learn more about caucusing from Racial Equity Tools:
White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together. Caucuses provide spaces for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white people, a caucus provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than constantly relying on people of color to teach them. For people of color, a caucus is a place to work with their peers on their experiences of internalized racism, for healing and to work on liberation.
White people are often uncomfortable with the idea of white caucuses as part of racial equity work. A typical comment is “if we are working on racism, isn’t it better for us to learn together?” It does feel awkward to separate by race. Yet such separation occurs all the time in real life, and many times that reality is not understood or interrogated as it is when participating in a caucus. Since white people often find learning about whiteness and white privilege a steep learning curve, taking advantage of caucus time to do this work can be extremely useful.