Undoing Racism CEU's

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care

Training Announcement 

Sponsors:  Undoing Racism Organizing Collective (UROC) & Baystate Health Systems

Offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (www.pisab.org)

The goal of this training is to provide a common working analysis of racism and the particular role of human service workers as "gatekeepers" within institutions.  This understanding provides a springboard from which we can generate institutional transformation and undertake accountable antiracist community organizing.

Thursday, Sept 11 - Saturday, Sept 13, 2014  

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church

361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

Thursday, 9/11, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Friday, 9/12, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, 9/13, 9 AM- 4 PM

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

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 Target Audience:  Social Workers; Certified Counselors; Psychologists; Certified Addiction and Drug Counselors and other health care providers.

 Undoing RacismTM is an intensive 2½-day workshop designed to train, educate, challenge and empower people to undo the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically constructed and that it can be undone when people understand where it comes from, how it functions, why it is perpetuated, and what we can do to dismantle it.

 The workshop is offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond,  a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of veteran organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change. Since 1980 the People’s Institute has trained over 400,000 people in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and internationally. It is recognized as one of the most effective anti-racist training and organizing institutions in the nation.

“Racism is a disease. The Undoing RacismTM workshop is the treatment!” Deacon Ken Radcliffe Coordinator The ISAIAH Project/The Criminal “JUST US” Committee

“The Undoing RacismTM workshop changed my life and my view of what excellence in social work practice, administration, and education truly entails.”

Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, Chief of Social Work Services, Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services

 “The Undoing RacismTM workshop presented by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a life changing experience.”

Phyllis B. Frank, Director VCS Community Change Project, Rockland County, NY

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the value of relationship building in the work of undoing racism.
  2. Describe how socialization produces worldviews that limit our ability to undo racism.
  3. Discuss socialization biases regarding issues of class, wealth, and poverty.
  4. Examine institutional reasons for poverty focusing on relationships of institutions to poor communities.
  5. Describe gatekeeping roles including accountability of gatekeepers in poor communities.
  6. Discuss formulations and functions of race, prejudice, power and racism within historical and present day contexts.
  7. Describe how individual, institutional, and cultural racism manifest today.
  8. Discuss how Internalized Racial Oppression, Inferiority, and Superiority develop and operate within individuals and communities.
  9. Describe the development of “White” as a race in the U.S. in the context of establishing historical advantages.

 Presenters:  All are trainers with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

Annie Rodriguez, M.Ed. is as an Anti-Racism Educator and Community Organizer.  Working with community groups and/or institutions to identify needs, and create and implement holistic community based approaches to community transformation, her personal and professional efforts are centered on creating a society free of racial disparities; that is equitable to all.  She is a Core Trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, is a Founding Member of Undoing Racism Organizing Committee of Western MA, served as Chair to Duval County Health Dept Hispanic Health Council, was a member of Duval County Health Dept Childhood Obesity Coalition and serves as the 4th Vice-President of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Jacksonville, FL. Annie holds a Master of Education from Cambridge College.  She is also the proud mother of three daughters and grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren.

David Peters, LMSW serves as the Project co-Coordinator for Communities for All Ages, a United Way of Westchester-Putnam and Helen Benedict Andrus Foundation-funded initiative that works to make New Rochelle a better place for growing up and growing older.  For the past 20 years he worked as a child welfare advocate, trainer and administrator for the Center for Development of Human Services, Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo. In that capacity, he was engaged in transformative initiatives to address and improve critical thinking, safety and risk assessment for all child welfare staff statewide.  He has founded and serves as the Chairman of the Community Enrichment Zone, a collaboration of community-based and faith-based organizations within the Lincoln Avenue Corridor of New Rochelle that have committed to strategic planning and action to enrich the lives of its stakeholders. He serves as Deacon-elect of the Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle where he serves as a member of the Board of Mission, Men’s Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Men’s Choir, and the Discipleship Ministry.


Tuition:  $300 (partial scholarships may be available to low income participants)

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Contact:  Judith Feinstein, 413-733-7841 or jmfeinstein

For further information and to discuss possible provisions for any physical or dietary needs, or if you would like to discuss possible arrangements for a disability (ADA) please contact: Judith Feinstein, 413-733-7841 or [email protected]

 For questions, concerns or complaints regarding this program please contact:  Judith Feinstein, 413-733-7841 or [email protected]

 Participants who sign in on time and are present for the entire training session will receive documentation of attendance.

 Professional Contact Hours 

Please Note – to receive documentation for continuing education, all participants must:

  • Arrive on time and be present for the entire three sessions.
  • Sign in and sign out each day.
  • Submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the program.
  • Partial credits will not be issued to participants arriving late or leaving early.

 NOTE:  Your certificate will be emailed to you within three weeks of receiving your request form and $20 fee payable by check or money order to Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.  The request form and fee are to be paid only after the conference.  

Social Workers(Association of Social Work Boards): Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provider #1173, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program from August 10, 2012 to August 10, 2015. Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, maintains responsibility for the program Licensed social workers participating in this course will receive 15 continuing education cultural competence clock hours. Targeted social work practice level: beginning. 

NOTE:  Social Workers must provide their Social Work license/certification/ registration number and license jurisdiction on the sign in sheet and request for certificate. Please be sure to bring this information with you to the training.  Check with you state board to ensure ACE credits are accepted.

 Certified Counselors:  Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and a co-sponsor of this program. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care may award NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP maintains responsibility for the content of this program. (15 clock hours).  Approval Number 6198.  

Psychologists: Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  Instructional Level: Beginning. (15 CE Credits). Provider #1532.

 Please contact Sharon Eaton at 732-235-9282 with any questions or concerns regarding continuing education credit documentation for this training.


Training Agenda


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3



  • Relationship between socialization and distinctive world views
  • Individual and institutional barriers to change
  • Concept of “White”
  • Implications of concept of “White” in establishing historical advantage in the US
  • Concept of “White”
  • Implications of concept of “White” in establishing historical advantage in the US



  • Biases regarding class, wealthy, and poverty
  • Internalized racial oppression (IRO)
  • Internalized racial inferiority and internalized racial superiority
  • Internalized racial oppression (IRO)
  • Internalized racial inferiority and internalized racial superiority







  • Institutional bases for poverty
  • Group Work:  Manifestations of IRO
  •  Group Work:  Manifestations of IRO 







  • Gate keeping roles and accountability
  • Manifestations of individual, institutional, and cultural racism
  • Racial disparities in a variety of areas
  • Manifestations of individual, institutional, and cultural racism
  • Racial disparities in a variety of areas 







  • Definitions of race, prejudice, power, and racism


  • Group Work:  Examining How Racism Manifest in Institutions
  • Organizing for institutional change