Overcoming Racism 2015 Leadership Institute October 2, 2015 │ Presented by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative Leadership Institute Description and Application Application Deadline: August 7, 2015 Date, Time and Location The Overcoming Racism Leadership Institute for educational leaders will take place on October 2, 2015, at the Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 am and conclude by 3:00 pm. Lunch will be included. Time for informal networking will be available from 9:30-10:00 am and from 3:003:30 pm. Program Overview The Overcoming Racism Leadership Institute will provide an opportunity for educational leaders to come together to address racial equity in our schools, colleges, and universities. It is designed both to ensure that leaders are equipped with the skills and tools needed to eliminate structural and systematic racism and achieve racial equity in their educational institutions, and also to facilitate networking and collaboration among leaders of both K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. The Institute will be a supportive environment for leaders to share with other leaders their challenges and collective vision around racial equity and eliminating structural and systematic racism. Active discussions that illuminate patterns perpetuating inequities and structural racism will be a key feature of the institute. The Institute will help leaders understand the patterns in our educational system that perpetuate racism and racial inequity. The Institute will also pose two questions: “What role does education play in perpetuating structural and systematic racism?” and “How can educational leaders contribute to the creation of a truly equitable educational system?” Continuing education credits will be available for eligible participants. Certificates of completion will be provided to all participants. Who Should Attend? Each participating district or institution will be asked to bring a team of four to six individuals including at least one of the following: 1) 2) 3) 4) A representative from your board or governing body. A representative from your executive or leadership team. A representative with responsibility for equity or diversity work. A faculty leader (e.g., union president). In addition, each organization may include one or two informal organizational change agents as part of their team. Each participating team will be asked to do approximately two hours of prep work before the Institute and approximately two hours of follow-up work after the conclusion of the Institute. Names and contact information of participants and facilitators will be shared among all Institute participants unless we are directed otherwise. Sponsorship The Institute is sponsored by FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative), the Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and Minnesota Education Equity Partnership. Selection Leaders who wish to participate should submit an application by August 7, 2015. Details about the application process follow. Our selection committee will select a cohort of leadership teams, paying attention to assembling a cohort that includes leaders from both K-12 and higher education teams. We will notify participants by August 28, 2015. Fee The fee to participate in the 2015 Leadership Institute for a team of four will be $950. A charge of $50 will be added for each additional team member. Our goal is for this workshop to be accessible. If your team needs a full or partial scholarship, please include a statement of financial need in your application that includes the amount your organization can pay and the scholarship amount that you are requesting. Leadership teams who are accepted to participate in the 2015 Leadership Institute will receive an invoice with their notification letter. Preparation Each team will be required to spend an estimated two hours preparing for the Institute. We will ask each team to consider: Historically, how have American educational institutions, practices, and curriculum perpetuated structural and systematic racism and racial inequities? What is required of our institution and participating team members to advance racial equity? As an individual, what might you need to change for yourself and your organization? Questions Please contact [email protected] if you have questions about the Institute. We will plan to respond within two business days of receiving the email. Overcoming Racism 2015 Leadership Institute October 2, 2015 │ Presented by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative Overcoming Racism Leadership Institute Application Due: August 7, 2015 Applications will be submitted electronically. Visit www.overcomingracism.org to access an electronic template of this application. Submit the completed application electronically to [email protected] The application will call for the following information: Name of organization. Team Contact: o Name: o Phone Number: o Email Address: o Postal Address: Please answer the following questions (maximum of three pages): o Please provide a brief description of your organization, including mission and geographic scope. o Why would you like to participate in this Overcoming Racism Leadership Institute? o How long has your organization been working on issues of racial equity? What are your goals around achieving racial equity (list one to three)? o What is one challenge around racial equity that you would like help with? o List the members of your team including name, position, email address, and phone number. Please indicate any reasonable accommodations that will be required for your team’s participation (e.g., dietary, ADA accessibility).