Key Cayuga Centers Leaders Trained to Undo Racism

Sep 29, 2016

Forty key Cayuga Centers staff members took part in an intensive training session, Undoing Racism®, at a summit held September 19 – 21 at agency headquarters.  Conducted by trainers from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, the workshop participants were members of the agency’s Directors Summit, consisting of program directors, vice presidents, chiefs, and the President and CEO.  They represent various agency programs and locations across New York State, Palm Beach County, Florida, and Delaware.

The workshop goal was to support ongoing anti-racist efforts in the organization, helping individuals and the entire organization move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism, to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society. The Institute maintains, 

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“Racism is the single most critical barrier to building effective coalitions for social change. Racism has been consciously and systematically 

Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, the process challenged participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepared them to be effective organizers for justice.erected, and it can be undone only if people understand what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, and why it is perpetuated.”

Ed Hayes, President and CEO reflected on the training, “I left with a clearer understanding of how white privilege controls both the societal institutions we operate within, as well as our interpersonal relationships with those we serve and those with whom we work.”  He found the workshop very helpful as it included important sharing of many people’s experiences, worries, concerns, and aspirations.  Hayes noted with appreciation that the work was supported by a $10,000 capacity building grant given by the Allyn Foundation.

Christine Moulton, Vice President of Strategic Growth, believes offering this training is one more way the agency maintains innovation, stays ahead of the curve, and embraces and shares Cayuga Centers’ mission and values.



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