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The People’s Institute Undoing Racism Workshop is an intensive workshop designed to 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 erected and that it can be “undone” if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated.

Workshop Cost: $350

Workshops are limited to 40 participants.

Please note that Seattle workshops are 2 days, Portland workshops are 2½ days. Participants are asked to commit to the full session.

Locations to be determined. All workshops are held in locations accessible by car and transit.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

Snohomish County (for Snohomish organizations only)

9-5 (days of the week vary)

  • October 22-23
  • December 2-3


9-5 Thursday & Friday

  • September 17-18 (registration is closed: all spaces are filled)
  • November 5-6 (registration is closed: all spaces are filled)
  • December 10-11 (registration is closed: all spaces are filled)


9-5 Thursday & Friday, 9-12 Saturday

  • August 6-8 — postponed
  • December 3-5

6-9 PM Friday, 9-5 Saturday & Sunday

  • July 17-19 — postponed
  • September 18-20
  • November 6-8

Registration Deadlines

The deadline for registration is generally two weeks prior to the date of the workshop. To confirm the deadline contact us. No refunds are given after the deadline.

About the Workshop

The workshop addresses the following areas:

Analyzing Power – Effective organizing requires accurate analysis of the systems that keep racism in place, why people are poor, how institutions perpetuate the imbalance of power, and who is responsible for maintaining the status quo.

Defining Racism – In order to undo racism, it must be understood. Organizers and educators who intend to build effective coalitions need to be very clear about what racism is and what it is not in order to avoid serious strategic and tactical errors.

Understanding the Manifestations of Racism – Racism operates in more than just individual and institutional settings. The dynamics of cultural racism, linguistic racism, and militarism as applied racism is examined.

Learning from History – Racism has distorted, suppressed and denied the histories of people of color and white people as well. An accurate knowledge of history is a necessary organizing tool as well as a source of personal and collective empowerment.

Sharing Culture – One of the most effective methods of oppression is to deny a people its history and culture. The training process strongly emphasizes “cultural sharing” as a critical organizing tool.

Organizing to Undo Racism – Community organizing principle are discussed in terms of how communities can achieve concrete results in dismantling the structures of racism.


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