EPIP launched this space in 2021 to provide a rigorous and supportive environment for members who identify as white to:
- deepen knowledge of antiracism and develop skills and strategies to advance racial equity and inclusive leadership practices in philanthropy
- unpack and process the harmful effects of white privilege and white supremacy culture including how both show up within individuals and institutions
- discuss shared challenges and experiences
Early- and mid-career white EPIP members have cited these affinity spaces as important parts of their anti-racist journeys within the sector. Many anti-racist resources, cohorts and peer groups in philanthropy are designed for senior leaders. This community provides learning and accountability for early- and mid-career practitioners to support systems change at all levels of leadership.
How do I join?
Click here to express interest in joining the next cohort! Each cohort is capped at 30. There will be two cohorts running a year.
Any EPIP member who identifies as white is welcome to register. The space will be most beneficial to those invested in unpacking ways white supremacy culture resides within you individually and within your institution.
The kick off session on Tuesday June 13 is mandatory and will last 90 minutes.
Additional sessions will meet the second Tuesday of the month for one hour, with the closing session on Tuesday November 14 meeting for 90 minutes. Zoom information will be provided once participation is confirmed and approved.
What can I expect?
Our communities of practice are guided by principles of peer coaching and group dialogue. While facilitators may provide curated and designed skill-building workshops, your network of peers are your best resource for learning what has worked well and co-creating new-strategies for navigating your unique challenges.
Unlearning and dismantling white supremacy takes a lifetime commitment. Opting into rigorous, committed participation in this space is one opportunity to build your skills and capacity to hold the discomfort required to take meaningful action as a white person doing racial equity work in philanthropy.
What is expected of me?
This community requires a six-month commitment to meet monthly for facilitated discussion and peer coaching around topics of identity, white privilege, white supremacy culture, and anti-racism.
In order to develop rapport and trusted relationships, we ask participants to prioritize consistent attendance. Participants must attend the first gathering of their cohort.
Like all communities of practice, this experience is only as strong as members’ participation and feedback. We ask that attendees minimize distractions to be fully present for these vulnerable conversations and learning experiences. Attendees must honor confidentiality of personal experiences shared in these spaces along with any other community agreements created by the group.
Email Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs: [email protected]