University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Diversity Workshop on Racial Equity and Structural Transformation


Date: February 12, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Husky Union Building, Room 332

This workshop, sponsored by UW SPH and organized by the SPH Diversity Committee, will cover racial equity and strategies for structural transformation. The event will accommodate 75 participants, and is open to students, staff, and faculty. Light refreshments will be served.

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Due to the overwhelming response to the October 201 session, we have invited Scott Winn back to lead his workshop, "Leading with a Racial Equity Lens for Structural Transformation.” Through exercises, discussions and presentations, participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve equity. We will explore a framework for racial justice efforts that moves beyond merely valuing racial diversity to creating racial equity. We will discuss how leading with a racial equity lens is an essential component of a strategy for structural transformation to create equity for all.

Based on feedback from October, we’ve asked Scott to extend the workshop to include an extra hour for discussion of possible next steps in implementation of the concepts explored, and will offer the extended session again in spring quarter.

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. Introduce the difference between transactional and transformational approaches to create equity for all.
5. Introduce 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 University of Washington, 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.