​​​Challenging Racism: Learning How  Interfaith Conversation


Our Interfaith conversation is led by two facilitators who are people of faith. They supplement our core Challenging Racism: Learning How program with meditation, prayer, and materials that examine race and racism through the lens of any faith.  Partial scholarships or sponsorship by your faith community may be available to defray tuition cost.


Interfaith Conversation Application Deadline 12/19/19

Did you miss the deadline? Go ahead and apply anyway because there might still be space.


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Interfaith Conversation Tuition is payable by credit card via the application form (through WePay), PayPal (treasurer@challengingracism.org), or by check.


You are encouraged to speak to your faith community leadership about defraying some or all of your tuition.  Last year’s inaugural Interfaith Conversation was partially funded by Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and the NOVA Catholic Community.

You might able to receive financial support from your private or public employer, including the federal government.  Challenging Racism is active in the U.S. government's System for Award Management (SAM) for professional training. SAM Codes: 086535000 / 83UE9.


To discuss a payment plan or request a partial scholarship from Challenging Racism, please contact Marty Swaim, Executive Director, at mswaim@challengingracism.org 


Interfaith Conversation Dates

Session 1    Tuesday, 1/7/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 2    Tuesday, 1/21/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 3    Tuesday, 2/4/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 4    Tuesday, 2/11/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 5    Tuesday, 2/25/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 6    Tuesday, 3/3/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 7    Tuesday, 3/17/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 8    Tuesday, 3/31/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 9    Tuesday, 4/14/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 10    Tuesday, 4/28/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 11    Tuesday, 5/5/20, 6:30-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
[Snow Date: Tuesday, 3/24/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD]

Challenging Racism: Learning How  Public Conversation


The inaugural Public Conversation is for those searching for more than a diversity workshop. Cross-sector, cross-cultural groups enhance the power of story and open horizons.  We hope this group will embrace a more regional exploration of race and racism. Tuition $2200. Partial scholarships and payment plans may be available.

Public Conversation Application Deadline 12/19/19

Did you miss the deadline? Go ahead and apply anyway because there might still be space.


Public Conversation Flyer


Public Conversation Tuition $2200
Tuition is $2200 payable by credit card via the application form (through WePay), PayPal (treasurer@challengingracism.org), or by check.


You might able to receive financial support from your private or public employer, including the federal government.  Challenging Racism is active in the U.S. government's System for Award Management (SAM) for professional training. SAM Codes: 086535000 / 83UE9.


To discuss a payment plan or request a partial scholarship from Challenging Racism, please contact Marty Swaim, Executive Director, at mswaim@challengingracism.org 

Public Conversation Dates 

Session 1    Monday, 1/6/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 2    Monday, 1/13/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 3    Monday, 1/27/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 4    Monday, 2/3/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 5    Monday, 2/17/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 6    Monday, 3/2/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 7    Monday, 3/16/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 8    Monday, 3/30/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 9    Tuesday, 4/14/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 10    Monday, 4/20/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
Session 11    Tuesday, 5/5/20, 6:30-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD
[Snow Date: Monday, 3/23/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Arlington Location TBD]

Challenging Racism: Learning How
​          through Stories and Conversations

What's It Like?

A sample session agenda for Challenging Racism: Learning How


FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about  Challenging Racism: Learning How


Contact Us

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Previous Challenging Racism Workshops

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Challenging Racism: Learning How  APS Conversation at Campbell & Tuckahoe Elementary Schools 


Sponsored by Arlington Public Schools Office of Equity & Excellence, the Challenging Racism: Learning How APS Conversation at Campbell & Tuckahoe is for parents, APS staff and community members. It draws from 14 years of research and rich local stories. Facilitators are Arlington community members. No cost to participants.

Campbell-Tuckahoe Application Deadline 10/23/19 

Did you miss the deadline? Go ahead and apply anyway because there might still be space.


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Campbell-Tuckahoe Conversation Dates 

  • Wednesday, 10/30/19, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Wednesday, 11/6/19, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Tuesday, 11/19/19, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Wednesday, 12/4/19, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Wednesday, 1/8/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Wednesday, 1/22/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Campbell Elementary
  • Wednesday, 2/5/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Wednesday, 2/19/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Wednesday, 3/4/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Wednesday, 3/18/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary
  • Monday, 3/30/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary
  • [Snow Date: Wednesday, 3/25/20, 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuckahoe Elementary]


Campbell-Tuckahoe Conversation Street Addresses 

  • Campbell Elementary School, 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22204
  • Tuckahoe Elementary School, 6550 N. 26th St., Arlington, VA 22213

Ask yourself...

How do I navigate conversations on race with people at work, in my faith community or in my neighborhood?

How do I talk with my children about racism in the context of current events?

How do I recognize opportunities to effectively interrupt racist speech or behavior? 

What does it mean to really support “diversity and inclusion”? 

How can I act against systemic racism?

What does racial equity look like? Nationally? Locally?

Race and Racism are in the news every day.  

Challenging Racism: Learning How uses stories and conversations to help Learning How participants learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and develop a basic understanding of racism, institutional racism, and White privilege. Each of the 11 sessions builds concrete skills of listening and practicing difficult conversations related to race, second language and other forms of bias.

Challenging Racism: Learning How gives you


  • 27.5 hours of interactive instruction in 11 sessions over 5 months using a curriculum that has been vetted over 14 years 
    • time between sessions to process the content and activities, to reflect and to share and practice
    • content, discussion, stories, relationships, and skills focused on planning and conducting difficult conversations that work in a variety of complex situations
  • A small group of 16 participants facilitated by two trained facilitators.
  • Content, discussion, stories, relationships, and skills focused on planning and conducting difficult conversations that work in a variety of complex situations.
  • Support to develop an understanding of racism, institutional racism, White privilege, the roots of racism, and its modern manifestations around us. 
  • Access to a growing network of 250 alumni, Challenging Racism events, and a regular newsletter that identifies opportunities to keep learning about racism, to practice skills, and to support each other in anti-racist work.


90% of Challenging Racism alumni are “very likely” or “likely” to recommend the program to a friend. 


One participant said, “It will challenge and focus you in such a positive way. You will feel energized by what you learn.”   Another parent from a diverse school shared, "I signed up for the Challenging Racism class because I wanted to talk more about race and privilege.  Our facilitators were world-class professionals.  They knew the material and had years of experience facilitating discussions regarding race.  Our discussions were current, thought-provoking, and challenging.  Our facilitators modeled storytelling and active-listening and created a safe space for both.  Telling stories and listening to stories was a central part of each session.  Each participant seemed engaged, challenged, and stimulated by the conversation.  I highly recommend this course to any member of our community."   (Read more Testimonials).


Apply for 2019 Challenging Racism: Learning How
3 Different conversations starting this Fall, same core curriculum each group is unique


Important Notes

  • Participants are expected to attend all 11 sessions.  Check your calendar before you apply & do not apply if you have scheduling conflicts.
  • ​When conversations fill up, we will take names for our waitlist. 
  • All conversations are based on the same Challenging Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversations curriculum.
  • All adults over age 18 are welcome.
  • Did you miss the deadline? Go ahead and apply anyway because there might still be space.​