RACE: The POWER of an ILLUSION
(Rescheduled from March)
RACIAL EQUITY AWARENESS
- Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor.
- Racial justice is an ongoing focus of United Methodist Women mission work.
- We are called to live out the Charter for Racial Justice in our communities.
- Racial disproportionality and disparity occur in Iowa.
- RACE: The POWER of an ILLUSION (RPI) is a one-day guided educational experience that brings people from various backgrounds together to begin “courageous conversations” as they explore intersections of race, equity, and child welfare guided by trained facilitators using a variety of resources.
- PLEASE NOTE: If there is a representative of your group who will be attending and would like to bring information about your group’s work—or advertise a coming event—that is most welcome to do. Please let me know ahead of time so I can provide a space for your materials.
The facilitators who were scheduled previously will also be with us on August 28th. They are Tommy Ross and Malisa Rader. Here are their biographies:
- Tommy Ross has recently joined Central Iowa Shelter and Services as a Mission Builder, working with adults experiencing homelessness to facilitate their move towards self-sufficiency; and continues his work with the Polk County Community Partnerships serving on the CPPC Shared Decision Making team. Tommy has a wealth of experience in the fields of Social Work, Ministry and Cultural Training and as a foster/adoptive parent and trainer; working directly with diverse populations serving the needs of children, youth and adults for over 24 years. These roles have afforded Tommy the unique opportunity to gain a wealth of firsthand experience and insight into the art of empowering people and creating cultural connections.
- Malisa Rader is passionate about children and healthy family structures and has a strong desire as a Family Life Program Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to ensure that children, families, and the communities in which they live are empowered and strengthened. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in early childhood administration, but her real knowledge of children and families comes from over 20 years of experience in the education field. Malisa’s primary areas of interest include early care and education, early intervention and inclusion, parenting education, attachment caregiving, and working with culturally and economically diverse families.
- 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. on a weekday
- Learning Exchange is FREE! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED & LIMITED TO THE FIRST 35 TO CONTACT RITA CARTER!
- There will be a free-will donation for lunch (or bring your own).
- Contact Rita Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-979-0605 for questions/reservations by August 18.
Faith community pastors, staff & members; foster parents, child advocates & professionals; interested community members. (0.5 UMC CEUs, SW CEUs, & foster parent credit hours available.)
- Iowa Conference United Methodist Women in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Human Services
- Iowa Chapter-Methodist Federation for Social Action, Southeast District (UMC) Latino Task Force, Iowa Conference UMC Board of Church and Society, Iowa Conference UMC Commission on Religion & Race, AFSC—Immigrant Justice Program,