Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism

August 14-16, 2019 and December 4-6, 2019

2.5 day intensive workshop


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series is generously sponsored by:




Presented in partnership with:





What is systemic racism? How can our organization begin understanding and dismantling racism on a systemic level? What will our organization do to change?

Join us at CNM for an intensive 2.5 day training with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training to explore these questions and more. The purpose of this training is to provide an opportunity for participants to explore an analysis of systemic racism and to begin to discern how this analysis shapes institutional identity, commitment, and work.  Participants will examine strategies for dismantling racism within their organization.

The content of the workshop will include discussion of the historic development of institutional racism, the ongoing realities of racism today and especially how racism manifests in your specific institution. Participants will get a chance to look internally and investigate their own internalized racist oppression and superiority. Participants will conduct a “power analysis” to better understand the racial economic strategies. Emphasis for this workshop is given to exploring institutional and cultural manifestations of racism and the tools we need to help dismantle it.

The workshop utilizes large group presentation, video presentation, interactive discussion, and small groups assignments/activities as modes of learning. Please note that there will be two offerings of this intensive, once in August and once in December. Participants will only attend one 2.5 day session.

This training is designed for organizational teams of four, which can include:

  • the CEO/Executive Director
  • at least one board member
  • Other individuals associated with your org (ex. staff, other board members, volunteers, other leadership)


Goals of the Workshop:

  • Assist participants to begin building shared language and concepts around the social/political constructions of race and racism.
  • Place racial oppression in the broader context of oppression in the United States
  • Help people understand the intersections between racism and other forms of systemic oppression.
  • Provide participants with an analysis of the misuses of power that reinforce white supremacist and racist ideologies, institutional structures, programs and services in the United States.
  • Explore the diversity of racialized experiences in the institution.
  • Build an understanding that dismantling institutional racism is an internal organizing effort and to introduce concepts associated with that understanding.
  • Identify how long-term antiracism/anti-oppression work might take place to equip organizations with strategies for intentionally dismantling oppression and with intentional restoration of equitable and just human and environmental community.


Registration: To register for this workshop, you must first complete an Organizational Readiness Survey survey by clicking here (or by following this link: 

Once it is complete, a CNM staff member will facilitate the next steps to help you register and pay for the courses. Please note, registration for the August session closes August 2nd.



Day 1: 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Lunch is from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Content begins at 1:00 p.m.

Day 2: 9am- 5pm

Day 3: 9am- 5pm


Location: Center for Nonprofit Management

Presenters: Trainers from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training

Food: Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Parking: Please park in the gated lot outside of CNM, and bring your ticket in for free validation.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register a team from my organization?

A: Because this is a special intensive session with prerequisites, there is a specific process to follow.

Step 1: Organizational Assessment

To register for this workshop, you must first complete an Organizational Readiness Survey by clicking here to provide information about your organization. CNM will review your survey to ensure that your organization is a good fit for this intermediate/advanced level course.

Step 2: Invoice

Your organization will receive an email from CNM within 2 weeks of submitting the survey. It will state your next steps. If your organization is ready to move forward, you will receive an invoice from CNM for the session. Any available scholarships will be applied.

Step 3: Pay Invoice

Once CNM receives payment, your organization is fully registered.  Each organization will have 30 days from the date of invoice to send a check and secure their spot.  After 30 days without payment, CNM will make your spot available to waitlisted organizations.

Organizations cancelling at least 30 days prior to event may receive a 75% refund. No refund can be provided within 30 days of event due to difficulty replacing the spot on short notice.

Step 4: Demographic Survey

Three weeks before the workshop, another email will be sent with a survey so participants can provide more information for the facilitators, as well as food preferences.  The survey must be completed 8 business days prior to event.

Step 5: Attend Workshop

Attend the workshop! All participants must attend the full 2.5 days of training.


Q: What is the cost to attend?

A: The cost to attend is on a sliding scale based on CNM membership status and organizational budget size. Each organization must pay for 4 participants.


Organization Cost (Teams of 4)

Nonmember Rate



CNM Member Rate


CNM Member Rate with scholarship*

(Organizational annual budget size of $1-$2 million)



CNM Member Rate with scholarship*

(Organizational annual budget size under $1 million)



*Scholarship is available only to CNM members, while funds are available.


Q: Why must organizations participate in teams of 4?

A: This intensive training is meant to be a catalyst your organizational change. We realize that multiple people need to be part of that conversation to create change. We are limiting the number of people per organization in order to ensure enough space for many different nonprofits to benefit from this session. If you have more than 4 people who are interested, we recommend you send one group of 4 in August and the next group of 4 in December.


Q: My CEO or board members cannot attend. Can our organization still participate?

​A:  Yes, other individuals can attend. It is important that the CEO/ED/President and board members to attend the session in order to maximize change on a systemic level for your organization. However, it is not a requirement that they attend.


Q:  What if we want more/or less than four people to attend? 

A: Each organization will pay for 4 spots. If you have less than 4 people, we recommend you reach out to your network to see who would benefit from this extra spot. If you have more than 4 people who are interested, we recommend that you send one group of 4 in August, and a second group of 4 in December.


Q: This topic is very new to me and my organization. Should I attend?

 A: Maybe. This intermediate/advanced level session is great for individuals who have previous knowledge about systemic racism. If this topic is new to you or your organization, we recommend you attend the Introduction to Systemic Racism course first (April 8 or April 9).


Q: The cost of the multi-day workshop is a lot for my organization right now. Is there any financial help available?

A: Yes. There are scholarships available on a sliding scale for organizations based on their annual organizational budget size. In the initial Organizational Readiness Survey there is a place to indicate your interest in being considered for the scholarship. Please find more details in the rate table above.


Q: I have already taken this course before, at least a year ago. Can I take it again?

A: Yes. It is great to continuously interact with this topic of systemic racism in a meaningful way regularly. The session is fluid depending on who is in the room, and in each session new topics emerge organically from the participants. Participants who have attending this session multiple times have stated that they took away different things each time, and gained a greater understanding of the concepts.


Q: Who should complete the Organization Readiness Survey?

A: Anyone in the organization can fill out the Organizational Readniess Survey. However, they will need to answer questions about organizational goals around equity, how racism affects their organization, and other organizational level questions. 



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