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Apply Now! Racial Empowerment Collaborative Summer Institutes

Posted: June 05, 2017

At the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), they view the ability to cope with racial stress as a matter of skill, not character or morality. The REC Summer Institutes seek to increase racial literacy—the ability to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful social interactions—in our participants. The more we practice the skills of racial literacy, the more competent we become in navigating racially stressful encounters across various social contexts.

Hosted at onsite at the Racial Empowerment Collaborative in Philadelphia, participants join Dr. Howard Stevenson and the REC staff for three days of workshops, trainings, and practical applications. You will increase your own racial literacy, and uncover strategies and challenges in making practical and ethical decisions in your personal and professional practice. Registration deadline is June 30, 2017.

Program Dates:

  • July 26-28, 2017
  • Aug 2-4, 2017

Track One  Promoting Racial Literacy In Schools (K-16): This track is designed for superintendents, administrators, teachers, and students to engage with racial conflicts in that occur in schools. These often remain hidden at the expense of a healthy school climate and the well-being of Students of Color. Attendees will learn: A model that applies culturally relevant behavioral stress management strategies to address racial stress in schools; Workable solutions for students, parents, teachers, and administrators; Measurable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the K-16 curriculum and teacher/faculty/staff professional development; Teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive school environment for all students.

Track Two  PLAAY! A Sports-Based Academic Success and Racial Healing Intervention: PLAAY! (Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression in Youth) is a Sports-Based Academic and Racial Healing Intervention. This culturally relevant intervention relies upon Recast (Racial Encounter Coping Appraisal and Socialization Theory) to promote the development of healthy coping skills and academic achievement for Black male youth. Recast theory suggests that the more racial socialization (the more youth receive feedback and skills in navigating racially stressful encounters) one receives, the better prepared and confident one is to engage rather than avoid these encounters and use better decision making toward positive health outcomes. This training will teach participants how to see the impact of racial and gender stress, conflict, and literacy on youth who must cope daily with rejection from teachers, peers, police, and neighbors. And, how to use these physical and psychological coping skills to promote academic engagement and success.


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