The Cultural Alliance curates a variety of material for you to choose and do your own research at your own pace. Materials are tagged and archived and made available on a SharePoint site for the WITS Group. Resources are also made available on the private Facebook Group page – another platform for members to connect and engage. Of course, you may find your own resources to learn from. There are plenty out there. Try not to go overboard, however. When you find one or two that resonate with you, stick with them. Just note that antiracism education is where you want to be. As you start collecting resources to learn from, make sure they cover all angles: history, present day inequalities, and the many terms and concepts of antiracism.
In addition to independent learning, there are shared learning opportunities as well create for additional support for those interested and able to engage. CA will recommend shared book reads, like “How to Be an Anti-Racist”, by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. There will be training programs, articles and more that will be used as part of a collective learning process for the group. To augment the shared readings, webinars, and listening materials, we will schedule online group conversations to expand learning further. These conversations will be coordinated through the Dialogue and Deliberate Series.
Dialogue and Deliberate Series
The Cultural Alliance will host a series of conversations ongoing on a variety of topics, including Social Issues and the Arts, Build Awareness as Empowerment; Moving from Pain to Reconciliation; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and White Suburbia, and more. Conversations may or may not be open to the public, depending on the topic. For example, the shared reading of “How to Be an Anti-racist” and its correlated discussion series is only open to the WITS Ally group.
Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion
We encourage all creatives – makers, administrators, and creative business owners to put a DEI Policy in place and begin looking at their own norms and practices related to equity and inclusion. Changing the culture within organizations and the workplace is a critical step toward antiracism. It is important enough to single out within this framework and provide specific DEI resources and services to help our Allies.