2:15 – 3:00 pm

SESSION TWO: Systems Change

Becoming an Anti-Racist

The attempt to address structural racism precipitates the realization of a singular truth—that a system of racism is maintained and upheld by all who are in it. This is a delicate concept to propose because it allows for denial: those who do not wish to be considered complicit in the continuation of oppression can consider themselves bystanders or victims, rather than perpetrators and the guardians of oppression. This goes for white people and people of color alike, for as long as we are not engaged in active anti-racism, we are contributing to the continuation of systemic oppression.

 

As we seek to gain a better understanding of what we mean by the term “anti-racism”, it is important to examine concepts that underpin our social structures and constructs. In this workshop we will explore white supremacy and how it intersects with other privileges, reflect on our own experiences of privilege and oppression, and identify next steps in our own learning and commitment to dismantling racism.  

 

Workshop Goals: Participants will begin to deepen their understanding of “anti-racism” and discuss ways in which they can take the next steps to increase their understanding and commitment to dismantling racism.  

MEET THE FACILITATOR

Daniel Redic was born in New York City and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a prevention education specialist at the Center for Youth Services and a facilitator with Partners in Restorative Initiatives. He has been a youth worker and advocate for 12 years, engaging in topics ranging from the Raise the Age Initiative in New York State to youth housing in Rochester. 

 

Daniel’s passion lies in race and equity education. He was responsible for agency-wide training and implementation of anti-racism programming at the Center for Youth through the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. In 2019, he was formally introduced to restorative practices and found an affinity for the work as a way to integrate trauma-informed care, social emotional learning, and equity work through a restorative lens.  Daniel lives in Rochester, spending time with his daughters and making music in his spare time.

Kristin Hocker is an assistant professor of clinical nursing and co-director of the Health Care Leadership and Management (HCM) program at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing (SON). In addition, Kristin serves as the deputy Title IX coordinator for the SON, undertaking responsibility for the prompt and fair handling of sex-based harassment or misconduct complaints. 

Kristin’s passion lies in championing the actions and behaviors that generate equity as a practice and ensuring that all individuals feel welcomed, supported, and valued so that they are able to fully participate as their authentic selves. Recently, she has channeled that passion as an adjunct professor at the Warner School of Education, teaching educators about race and racism and how to be equity-minded in their practice. Kristin is chair of the Board of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. She is a diehard fan of the work, the people, and the impact this work has on the community.