2019 Facilitator Training in Arlington, Virginia

Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead is an intense 5-day facilitation training program that builds on Challenging Racism’s core program, Challenging Racism: Learning How, to provide enhanced, extended practice of facilitation skills and devices that can be used to create safe spaces for difficult conversations in any setting.

The training prepares graduates of Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead to organize and facilitate informal, entry-level discussions on race, racism and privilege in their workspaces and communities, with their children and families.  It also is a prerequisite for those who are interested in applying to advance along Challenging Racism’s training path to learn how to facilitate the Challenging Racism: Learning How curriculum and to become Challenging Racism facilitators. 

​We hope you will join us!

5 days of training: July 8-12, 2019

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Application Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019

Partial Scholarships Available


Participation in Challenging Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversations (11 session workshop series)

5 Days of Training, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Friday, July 12, 2019


  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Retreat House
  • 2700 19th St S
    Arlington, VA 22204


  • $3,300.00
  • All materials included
  • Light breakfast, lunch, snacks and light evening fare provided
  • Partial scholarships available

Group Size: 12 participants maximum

Assessment Procedures

Each participant will have time and a template for developing their own assessment against the Challenging Racism rubric/goals and the participant’s own goals. Facilitator conferences will be scheduled with each participant.

ApplicationDeadline - Friday, June 14, 2019
Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis​.

Partial Scholarships Available

Partial tuition scholarships and/or assistance for childcare, travel or other out-of-pocket costs may be available upon request.  Challenging Racism will also accept training dollars directly from employers.  Past participating employers include Arlington Public Schools, NASA, GAO and the Patent Office.


Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead

Lead Facilitator           Shari Benites
Co-Facilitator              Michele Chang

Results Based Facilitation™
Lead Facilitator          Steven Jones, Principal
​A foundation of the training is Results Based Facilitation (RBF), a nationally recognized facilitation training. Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead facilitator training includes RBF 101. RBF is a specific, hands-on method that enables people to practicethe skills for moving participants to action in their meetings and conversations. The method is useful in one-on-one conversations, small groups, and large groups whether you are a meeting participant or meeting facilitator. 

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Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead participants share their experiences...
"Get ready for one of the best personal development training. It will be useful, beyond useful, helpful. Excellent knowledgeable leaders. You will be moved out of your comfort zone in the best way and will gain guidance to lead in conversations that are crucial."

"An intense introspective experience with concrete skill building on the subject of race and race conversations."

"You'll learn about facilitation and racism in a supportive environment. You'll have the chance to practice with like-minded people who you'll quickly see as friends."

Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead
​          through Stories and Conversations