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JOC & Allies Cohort 2019-20 – Dimensions Educational Consulting
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JOC & Allies Cohort 2019-20

The JOC-Allies Cohort

A Critical Conversation on Race for Jews of Color and Allies  at Race Forward 2020

The JOC-Allies Cohort is designed to strengthen racial justice relationships between individuals and organizations and deepen their capacity to work in partnership across the social justice sector. The JOC-Allies Cohort convenes leaders already engaged in racial justice work to deepen their relationships, partnership and capacity building with Jewish leaders of Color. The Cohort’s attendance of the national Race Forward conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience a multi-generational, multi-faith, multiracial community working together for racial justice. Attending the conference as a group launches six-months of relationship building and leadership development work through Dimensions.

The national Race Forward conference, Facing Race, provides a unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making. Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, and other leaders. The conference offers communities unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity, including over 50 workshops and access to over 140 presenters. Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.

Why Facing Race?

In the past, individual Jewish leaders have attended this conference and reported the positive impact it has had on their approach to engaging in racial justice work. This year, we want to create a team of leaders to attend the conference with the purpose of learning and working together to significantly enhance the work already happening and build the seeds for a more collaborative and coordinated effort. A primary goal of this work is to create an opportunity for Jewish leaders of color and white Jewish leaders to deepen their connections to one another. This project builds upon the quality work and leadership that has been accomplished by Jews of Color to address issues of racial justice within the Jewish community and center their experience, strategies and leadership in racial justice efforts being lead throughout the country.

In order to make the most of this opportunity, we are proposing a program that includes pre and post-conference calls as well as the crafting of concrete next steps that can be implemented by participants in their own organizations and be shared with the larger Jewish community.

Program Activities

The Racial Justice Cohort bring together Jews of Color, white Jewish allies and People of Color to move the work of racial justice forward within the Jewish community and the wider world. The JOC & Allies Cohort provides a national cadre of social justice leaders with an opportunity to share skills and best practices, strengthen relationships and build accountability with Jewish leaders of color.

The JOC and Allies 2019-20 Cohort provides:

Skill building and training opportunities with racial justice movement leaders and equity scholars

Facilitated group video calls, geographically based community “meet-ups,” and caucus-based learning opportunities that facilitate relationship building and 1:1 learning among a multiracial Jewish cohort of leaders.

Racial justice and equity mentorship and coaching opportunities

Subsidized weekend participation and on-site Cohort programming at the 2018 Facing Race Conference in Detroit, MIEach member of the racial justice cohort will be offered:

Specific activities include:

  • Two facilitated group video calls to initiate connections between national race-based caucuses and work-based affinity groups in late October and early November;
  • Subsidized registration and participation costs for the Facing Race Conference in North Carolina
  • A Kosher Shabbat dinner and sponsored breakfast at the conference for cohort participants friends, partners and allies;
  • Three 90-minute post-conference calls to debrief the conference experience and coordinate individual and group action plans for “racing forward” in 2020.
  • A six-month post conference check-in with project facilitators to review action plans, assess progress, gauge impact and identify possible next steps.

Project Timeline:

  • Recruitment (September/October)
  • Pre-conference video calls designed to build and/or deepen the relationships among attendees and set an agenda for our time together. (October/November)
  • Organized space at the conference to support Cohort leaders (November 10-12)
  • Post-conference video calls, visioning, individual and group action planning (November-May)
  • Six-month check-in conference call (May/June)

Outcomes

  • The JOC-Allies Cohort serves as a catalyst to enhance the anti-racism work already being done within the Jewish community.
  • Creates a multiracial leadership collective that engages in racial equity work on local and national levels.
  • Deepens relationships and connectivity between and among those who are already working on racial justice within the Jewish community.
  • Collects best practices employed across diverse communities and identifies strategies for use in local and national social justice contexts.
  • Increases the visibility of and empowers the leadership work that Jews of Color are already doing.
  • Centers the work of Jews of Color in the larger racial equity building.