The Racial Healing Initiative is grounded in a model called Transforming Historical Harms, developed and articulated by Amy Potter Czajkowski and David Anderson Hooker of the Center for Justice and Peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University. The premise of the Transforming Historical Harms strategy is that effective work to confront and remedy the lingering legacy of historical injustices must be addressed through Facing History; Making Connections; Healing Wounds; and Taking Action.
The Initiative offers workshops, discussions, and panels that provide historical context; retreats that provide a quiet, focused, disciplined and supportive space that facilitates a healing journey towards individual and community reconciliation of unresolved trauma caused by issues of race; consulting to organizations and individuals who seek guidance in dealing with issues of injustice and inequity.
Components of the Racial Healing Initiative include:
An interracial, intergenerational program that explores new and creative ways for youth and elders to connect.
You can lean more about this program in our Oral Histories section.
This Racial Healing Initiative Healing Together Retreat is designed for a small interracial group of community members who have a desire for personal transformation, connection and community healing. The retreat facilitates a healing journey towards individual and community reconciliation of unresolved trauma caused by issues of race. A quiet, focused, disciplined and supportive space is created. Participants are guided in:
Kalamazoo’s Summit on Racism has since 2004 been a unique and important venue to bring the community together for open dialogue regarding race and to create solutions to eradicate racism. SHARE has committed to build on this legacy. Each year the Summit provides opportunity for community members to engage in dialogue about race and race relations and encourages community collaboration to generate action steps toward a more just and equitable society
A free drop-in club, where all are invited whether they have read the book or not. The club meets the third Thursday of every other month, September through July. Discussions at book club give attendees the time and space to think about their own experiences, to compare it to what has been read and to the experiences of others within the group, and to articulate the impact of those stories. Using the stories and examples from books we read as a catalyst to discussion helps us face and acknowledge our history, to listen, and to connect.
Community discussions allow attendees to discuss issues of race in a safe and non- threatening environment. Topics have included White Privilege, Being Black Today, and Building a Racial Equity Network. Discussions are offered monthly, except August and December at various venues across the city.