We recognize that as individuals, as a field, and within our state, we have to commit to doing the hard work to disrupt deep patterns of structural inequity in order to ensure all youth, staff, and families feel welcome in out-of-school time programs. To address this important topic, Rebecca EunMi Haslam, a past VT Teacher of the Year and founder of Seed the Way, will lead a six-part virtual series on equity and racism. This series is essential for anyone wants to learn how to respond to racist behaviors while building an understanding of true inclusion, racial justice, and organizational change.

  • You can register for the entire series or select individual dates.
  • Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam. If you don’t have access to one, you can call in. 
  • You must pre-register to receive the Zoom link in advance.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole Miller at nicole@nullvermontafterschool.org or 802-448-3464.

This foundational workshop will explore how to understand implicit bias and examine the influence of different identity groups. Participants will explore the Equity Literacy framework for anti-bias learning environments and you will learn some “ready responses” to racist comments and incidents including how to “call out” behavior while “calling in” each other with the goals of shared understanding and respect.
Goals of this workshop are to define, recognize, and examine different themes of microaggressions, their hidden messages, and to better understand the relationship between intent and impact; and to explore specific examples of microaggressions collected from the field, as well as tools educators can use to interrupt bias and respond in the moment.
Goals of this workshop are to examine the power of word choice and to practice making simple and significant shifts in our language in order to be more aware, respectful, and affirming.
In this session, participants will locate themselves in the conversation about race and racism in the U.S., reflect on our own social positionality, and critically examine our impact on those we serve. Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of racial trauma on students of color and begin to envision what racial justice looks like in our programs and learning spaces.
Goals of this workshop include deepening participants’ analysis of different levels of inequity, from personal to systemic; challenging deficit ideology and the myth of meritocracy; and identifying high-leverage action steps.
This workshop will invite individuals to examine their own organizational climate, policy, language, visuals, accessibility, representation, inclusion, patterns of interaction, and unspoken values through an equity lens.

Cost: Free