Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism (Day 1)

This is a 2.5 day workshop - This is day 1.

What is systemic racism? How can your organization begin to understand its systemic complicity with policies, practices, and structures that keep you from the organizational diversity, equity and inclusion you seek? This advanced level workshop course is for leadership, board, and staff team members who are committed to anti-racism work. 

Space is limited. Organizations must first fill out an Organizational Readiness Form to determine eligibility. Scholarships are availiable to reduce the cost of workshop. Please see the other requirements below:  

  • Must be able to bring 4 representatives from your organization. This can include the CEO/ED, leadership team, board members, or staff members. 
  • Must be able to attend the entire 2.5 day workshop.
  • Must be able to commit to working towards being an anti-racist organization.

This is an advanced level anti-racism course for organizations with prior knowledge of Systemic Racism. If you are unsure if your organization is ready to commit to the workshop, we recommend attending our Introduction to Systemic Racism courses, offered Feb. 11Feb. 12 Aug. 25, or Aug. 26

If you want to sign your organization up for this workshop, and meet the above requirements, please fill out the following Organizational Readiness Survey. We review organizations weekly, and will reach out to you if your organization within two weeks has been selected to move forward in the process. 


This introductory workshop, facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training, will explore racism as entrenched, systemic, institutional misuse of power that goes beyond personal prejudice. It will introduce the idea that oppression (and in particular, racism) is not primarily a matter of individual prejudice but is rather an historically rooted systemic reality which requires structural intervention to dismantle. Participants will experience first-hand Crossroads effective methodology for facilitating productive conversations about race and racism. Participants will also be introduced to tools that can assist them in effective base-line assessment of structural racism and bias within their own organizational culture.

This workshop is designed to introduce a shared definition and analysis of racism that includes an intersectional power analysis of the relationship between a dominant culture and marginalized persons and communities of color. A rationale will be explored for developing a full analysis of racism, including understanding its historic and legal roots, and contemporary functioning.

Participants will be introduced to racism as a systemic and structural problem that:
•    Shapes individual attitudes and actions in ways that pull people into complicity with dominant societal norms.
•    Impacts institutional norms and behavior in a way that inhibits the ability of institutions to fully and appropriately serve all constituents.
•    Creates institutional mono-culture that makes it difficult for People of Color, immigrants and refugees to access and receive services in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways.
About the Facilitators: Since 1986, Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training has been providing strategic organizing, workshop facilitation, and consulting to institutions, sectors and communities striving to dismantle racism. This includes analyzing internal policies and procedures that maintain white power and privilege, and helping to create intervention strategies to dismantle oppressive systems. A key strategy for institutional organizing is creating internal antiracism teams once there is sufficient shared understanding and analysis within an organization. Through this work Crossroads also strives to create and strengthen structures of accountability to People and Communities of Color and other socially oppressed groups, both within the institution and in the wider community.

Ready for the next level? Check out Crossroad's advanced 2.5 day workshop, Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism in April and October
Ready to get your board and leadership involved? Join Crossroads for our newest session, Critical Cultural Competency for Nonprofit Board Members in August


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 Form to provide information about your organization. CNM will review your responses to ensure that your organization is a good fit for this advanced level course. 

Step 2: Invoice

Your organization will receive an email from CNM within 2 weeks of submitting the form. 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 and Pre-Reading

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. There is pre-reading each participant must complete before the first day fo the workshop.

Step 5: Attend Workshop

All participants must attend the full 2.5 days of training. If a participant is not able to attend the entire training, we suggest you wait for the next offering.


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 for 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 April and the next group of 4 in October.


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 April, and a second group of 4 in October.


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

 A: Likely not. This 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 on Feb. 11Feb. 12 Aug. 25, or Aug. 26


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 Readiness Survey. However, they will need to answer questions about organizational goals around equity, how racism affects their organization, and other organizational level questions. 

October 13th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
37 Peabody St., Suite 201
Nashvlle, TN 37210
United States
Phone: 6152590100
Workshop Price
Crossroads 2.5 $ 3,120.00
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