Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute

The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites presents:

Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute

October 13th – November 17th, 2013

Seattle, WA

* * * Application Deadline: September 20th 2013 * * *

Click here for the Online Application.

Click here for the MS Word Application for e-mailing or postal mailing.

This six-week Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute will create a space for white people to:

  • develop and deepen our analysis of racism, white privilege, intersectionality, and accountability,

  • develop and deepen our skills in naming and framing racism, allyship, and taking action for racial justice,

  • build and strengthen a community of anti-racist white people working for the liberation of all people while actively honoringthe leadership of people of color in our community,

  • make commitments to apply our racial justice skills in the Seattle area.

The Organizing Institute is centered in a shared experience of white privilege and is offered by white people for white people. We are intentionally creating a space for white people to learn, struggle and grow together. Too often, this burden of educating white people about racism falls on people of color. As white people, we must take responsibility for our role in ending white privilege, which includes educating each other about racism and how we benefit from it.

The learning community will encompass organizers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome those both new to organizing and anti-oppression work and those with experience as well.

Expectations: We expect participants to attend all sessions, to participate in the potluck, and complete the assigned readings or work assigned between sessions. Expect 1-3 hours per week of homework  (e.g., readings, reflection journaling, meeting with other participants, etc.) as part of your commitment.

Dates: The OI will be held on the following dates:

  • Sunday: October 13th from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM (lunch provided from 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

  • Wednesdays: every week for the six following weeks, October 16th through November 13th  from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM(Potluck from 6:00-6:30) [ Oct 19th, Oct 23th, Oct. 30, Nov 6th, Nov. 13th]

  • Sunday: November 17th  from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM (lunch provided from 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Ongoing Commitment: The CARW Anti-Racist Organizing Institute is more than a training.  It is our hope that all participants in the Organizing Institute will make a one-year commitment to participate in CARW’s monthly meetings and organizing efforts in 2014. Ongoing monthly time commitment is 3-6+ hours per month. We focus on bringing people through the Organizing Institute who are interested in becoming Member Organizers. For more information on CARW’s new structure please see the CARW website.

Location: Downtown YMCA, 909 Fourth Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

Accessibility: The downtown YMCA is on many major bus lines and is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if If you require childcare during the sessions, we will work to arrange it upon request. If you have any further questions about accessibility or require any other accommodations, please contact us in advance so we can work with you to meet your needs.

Cost: All coordination and training for the Organizing Institute is provided on a voluntary basis. The fees from the Organizing Institute are the main source of funding for CARW and help cover the costs of the Organizing Institue, ongoing CARW operations, and supporting people of color-led organizations. Cost is $250. Please be thoughtful about what you can afford and donate generously. No one should be discouraged to attend because of cost. A sliding scale fee of $5-$249 is possible if you are low income.

Space: In order to facilitate a supportive learning environment, space is limited to about 24 participants. The Organizing Institute planning committee will review all applications and bring together a learning community of white people with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Not all applicants will be admitted.

Deadline: Preferred deadline is 9/20, but applications will be accepted until the first day of the Organizing Institute (10/13). Notification of acceptance on 9/30. You may submit this application online, by email ( or by mail (sent to 708 Lake Washington Blvd. South, Seattle 98144). This application can also be conducted orally if you prefer.

Questions? We are happy to discuss any questions you may have over email, phone, or in person. Do not hesitate to contact us.


Phone: (206) 802-8813


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