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Community Conversations Through the Lens of Race

Posted March 24, 2022, 11:05 AM. Updated October 25, 2022, 3:15 PM.

A Facilitated Conversation through the Anti-Racism Training Institute of the Southwest (ARTI)

Community Conversations is a 2.5 hour-long introductory training focusing on core equity and anti-racism principals. While anyone will benefit from this training, this is a session that is highly recommended for individuals who have not had extensive equity/anti-racism training – this is a good foundational course that will set the tone and stage for more intense and/or in-depth training. ARTI specifically designed this course for the APS community so the focus is analyzing equity/anti-racism from an educational and local perspective.

Participants will engage in discussion around:

  • Introduction to the People’s Institute For Survival and Beyond (PISAB) organizing Principles.
  • Challenges that prevent APS staff from addressing racial disparities.
  • Strategies and recommendations for implementing anti-racist school communities through student engagement, parent engagement and community engagement.

Participants will walk away with:

  • A better understanding/insight into institutional racism and its different forms: individual, institutional, linguistic and cultural.
  • A better understanding/insight of race and poverty.
  • A better understanding/insight of how they can be effective in the work they do with their constituencies, organizations, communities, students, and families.
  • Starting to think about the next steps in professional development for themselves, their school and community.


Open to all APS staff. This is an introductory level program, therefore, participants do not need to have any prior training. Schools can also invite parents and community members to engage in a Community Conversation.


Community Conversations is a 2.5-hour long workshop on the following dates.

Friday, November 18, 2022

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, December 9, 2022

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, January 20, 2023

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, February 3, 2023

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, March 3, 2023

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, April 21, 2023

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.