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RACE: The POWER of an Illusion
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Category: Training

This Training is Full. Please contact Katie Henry [email protected] to be put on a waiting list.

Description: The purpose of RPI is to build capacity to reduce dis-proportionality and disparity in the Iowa child welfare system by providing participants with a safe environment in which to explore and challenge their own beliefs and attitudes about race, to practice better ways of talking to one another about sensitive topics, and to begin to have courageous conversations with one another about how the notion of race affects our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Defined as a learning exchange, rather than as a training, RPI is both a guided educational experience which uses a standard curriculum and a facilitated discussion that encourages and supports participants’ active involvement in the learning exchange. A team of intensively-trained facilitators with a background in child welfare and commitment to eliminating dis-proportionality in the Iowa child welfare system lead the learning exchange. The current curriculum for the learning exchange was developed through the Iowa Department of Human Services, based on work done by Khatib Waheed for Casey Programs. In addition to learning new information delivered in the PowerPoint presentation, participants experience new insight through viewing segments of the video, Race: The Power of an Illusion - The House We Live In. This PBS presentation is the first film on race to focus not on individual attitudes and behaviors but on the role that our institutions and public policies play in shaping life opportunities and individuals’ ability to accumulate wealth and benefit from the opportunities that wealth provides.


Via Zoom Meeting--link will be provided at a later date.

**The meeting will open up at 8:45am, so please make sure you are logging in at this time. Training will start promptly at 9am and end at 4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch at 12pm.

**Please note, we will be offering only 15 slots for this training so once that maximum number has been reached, no one will be able to register past that.  

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare service contracts, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion, based on hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact Katie Henry, [email protected].

Click HERE to Register


Contact: For more information contact Katie Henry, [email protected]