Events / Professional Development

Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression CoP

  • 03.19.2021 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Register

The Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) and Urban Initiatives are so excited to open registration for our virtual Community of Practice (CoP) for Anti- Racism, and Anti-Oppression for Chicago’s youth development community.

The CoP will consist of six sessions; three of which will be facilitated by Dr. Bianca J. Baldridge, an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and former youth worker.

The CoP topics will be:

  • Building common language on anti-racist and anti-oppressive youth work
  • Engaging youth in conversations about racism and oppression in a developmentally appropriate way.
  • Creating an inclusive and affirming space for youth of all identities while centering youth voices in decision-making

The remaining three sessions will be driven by the participants utilizing tools learned during the facilitated sessions. Our goal is to assist in the thought process of how anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices can be integrated into participants' individual lens and organizational program goals.

Interested in participating?

Please complete this registration form by March 8. You will be notified about whether or not you are selected by March 11. Please see the application for details on selection criteria. We will be hosting the CoP on the following dates:

Facilitated Sessions

  • March 19 | 10:30 am -12 pm
  • April 23 | 10:30 am-11:30am
  • May 21 | 10:30 am-11:30am

Community-Led session

  • April 9th | 10:30-12pm
  • May 7th | 10:30-12pm
  • June 4th | 10:30-12pm

Thank you and please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!

Note about the CoP facilitator: Dr. Baldridge’s research critically examines the confluence of race, class, and gender, and its impact on educational reforms that shape community-based spaces that engage Black and Latinx youth. She explores the organizational and pedagogical practices employed by youth workers/community-based educators amidst neoliberal education restructuring.