Lesson series

Foundations of Anti-Racism

A cohort-based intensive program designed to deepen your understanding of race and racism so you can grow from bystander to change-maker. Foundations of Anti-Racism combines online learning with four (4) live Zoom sessions to support you on your personal and emotional journey towards racial healing.
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About Foundations of Anti-Racism Phase I

We've leveraged 20 years of experience guiding individuals on their journey towards equity and inclusion to design a cohort-based intensive program to deepen your understanding of race and racism, and its complex history. Foundations of Anti-Racism combines online learning with four (4) live Zoom sessions to support you on your personal and emotional journey towards racial healing.
A Two Phased Approach
Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the TDI Racial Healing Series presents a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis. TDI believes that individuals and organizations often work for equity with multiple understandings of racism that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. The lack of a common analysis creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes. With a clear understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants in Phase I are able to begin a journey to work toward social transformation and racial justice.

Five Critical Steps on your Journey

In the US, people of color, and especially black Americans, have significantly worse outcomes than white Americans on every indicator of well-being and justice. We cannot address these inequities until we become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in our country and that continue to live in our social structures and institutions.

Exploring Racial Identity: Yours and Others

Discussions about racist conditioning and internalized racial oppression can be effective and healing when undertaken in affinity groups or caucuses that are organized by race. People of color and white people have their own work to do in understanding and addressing racism. 

Race and Resilience


We think in the ways we have been socialized or conditioned to think. What keeps us in our boxes? Implicit or unconscious bias reflects both human nature (“fight or flight”) and our socialization and lives deep within our brains. Resilient people are prepared for anything and respond in positive ways to whatever happens in their life. 

How to Really be a Racial Ally


Given the pervasive experiences of bias that BIPOC individuals face at work, in educational settings, and the community, the impulse toward allyship by majority group folks is encouraging. But putting this impulse into action can get tricky.
In this final session we offer effective resources

Foundations of Anti-Racism Phase II

Racial Healing Phase II is designed to help individuals and institutions practice reframing problems and determining solutions with an equity lens. Using group exercises, we move participants through a new way of thinking based on an “analysis before action” model and a learning continuum. Participants are encouraged to use the time honored “trial and error” approach, taking greater risks to change what are too often entrenched patterns of institutional practice. In this interactive presentation, TDI trainers use both data and stories from a variety of sources to provide a new framework for thinking about the root causes of inequity. people who adopt a movement approach must begin by changing themselves, bringing others along with them. With clarity of belief, analysis and purpose, we, the community, can create a new vision, a new culture that finds ways to build an equitable and just future together, as one people.

The intersections of race, wealth, and poverty

Start Date: TBD

We use a fish in the lake analogy to illustrate our tendency to ascribe poverty and other social problems to individual behaviors and decisions (a sick fish), even when we know that history, systems, structures and policies constitute the root causes of poverty (a polluted lake). This type of thinking is reflected in our institutional programs that try to address problems by trying to help or change individuals, not systems.

The on-going construction of race in America

Start Date: TDB

Description: In terms of biology, race is not real. Those of us in the human race are 99.9% alike. There is more genetic variation within “race” than across race. But the idea of race, as it has been constructed, is socially and politically very real and shapes the institutional outcomes of all who live in this country.

Internalized racial oppression

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Internalized racial inferiority among people of color is manifested in multiple ways that include, but are not limited to, internalized negative messages about self and other people of color, distancing, exaggerated visibility, and protection of white people. Internalized racial superiority among white people is manifested in various ways.

The Legacy of Anti-Racism

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“An organized lie is more powerful than a disorganized truth.” Racism is so well organized and normative in the US that if we fail to recognize and push against it, we are allowing ourselves to be moved along on the continuum of structural racism, without any effort on our parts. Throughout history, many people of color and white people have “moved” against racism, often at great sacrifice. 
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