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UW SPH News: SPH to Host Workshop on Racial Equity and Structural Transformation

SPH to Host Workshop on Racial Equity and Structural Transformation


The UW School of Public Health's Diversity Committee will host a workshop entitled, "Leading with a Racial Equity Lens for Structural Transformation,” on Oct. 20 from 9 am to 12 pm. This event will accommodate 75 participants, and it's open to students, staff and faculty.

Date: Friday, October 20, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: South Campus Center, Rm 316

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Based on the recommendations from SPH's Diversity Training Work Group, UW Social Work's Scott Winn will lead the workshop.

Through exercises, discussions and presentations, participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve equity. They will also explore a framework for racial justice efforts that moves beyond merely valuing racial diversity to creating racial equity. Participants will discuss how leading with a racial equity lens is an essential component of a strategy for structural transformation to create equity for all.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Explore our own positions of advantage and disadvantage, how these impact our lived experiences (and those of communities we serve), and the importance of an intersectionality lens.
  2. Explore the differing ways to relate to differences - comparing colorblindness, diversity, culture competency and anti-oppression/equity lenses.
  3. Understand the difference between equality and equity lenses.
  4. Introduction of the difference between transactional and transformational approaches to create equity for all.
  5. Introduction of Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tools to analyze and transform policies and practices to support the achievement of racial equity.
  6. Explore differing roles for individual to enact to achieve equity.

Scott Winn is a faculty member at the UW School of Social Work, where he teaches courses centered on the role of social workers as agents for social and economic change. He is active with a variety of community-based groups including the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Western States Center. For eight years, he was a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. Scott supports institutions, organizations and movements to address racism, heterosexism, classism and other forms of oppression through trainings and strategic development.