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Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism Train-the-Trainer Workshop

CURE is making our structural racism foundations workshop material available for racial equity practitioners to use within their own organizations, government agencies or consulting practices. Having trained dozens of nonprofits and government agencies in racial justice concepts through our Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism (UISR) workshop, CURE’s train-the-trainer workshop will allow you to train others in building foundational knowledge of institutional and structural racism. After this 3-day virtual workshop, you’ll be able to use our facilitator materials to build supportive spaces for groups to understand how structural racism operates in organizations and in society.

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“Tough and thought-provoking questions, breakout sessions, a thorough training that took the time to allow folks to share and learn.”

– UISR Workshop Participant

Program Content

CURE’s Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism (USIR) workshop content utilizes concepts from social movements, critical race frameworks, history and adult learning theory to help groups understand foundational racial justice concepts. Having provided the UISR workshop to dozens of nonprofits and government agencies, CURE is uniquely equipped to support you to deliver crucial concepts in an easy-to-understand format, develop facilitation skills to navigate challenging moments and drive home key messages through a number of tested activities and exercises.

Over the course of this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of how to explain essential racial justice concepts to groups. This includes:
    • Historical events that have structured contemporary power inequities
    • Approaching UISR through the “levels of racism” (i.e. internalized, interpersonal, institutional and structural)
    • Grounding definitions of race, racism and white supremacy
    • Introductory knowledge of intersectionality and white supremacy culture
  • Learn tools that will enable you to train others in CURE’s “Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism” workshop material, including workshop activities such as small group collaborative worksheets and race-based caucusing
  • Practice racial equity facilitation skills to enhance your ability to facilitate the UISR workshop independently or with a co-facilitator and adapt the curriculum to the needs of future workshop participants

After this training, you will be able to:

  • License the UISR workshop materials and apply the curriculum to organizations and other groups on your own
  • Utilize CURE technical assistance to support you in working with the organizations to advance racial equity transformation
  • Maintain a support network with other practitioners who completed the training

After the workshop, more than 88% of participants reported increased ability to talk about race and racism at work.

Training Dates and Location



Training will take place on Zoom

All participants will receive a Google calendar invitation with a link to join.

Who Is This Program Designed For

This program has been designed to train racial equity and DEI practitioners in an established method for building shared language and understanding to support racial equity organizational change. You are a great match for this training if you:

  • Have been charged with leading racial equity efforts in your organization and are seeking tools and strategies to strengthen current change efforts
  • Have been through equity, diversity and inclusion training/change processes and want to learn how to do it yourself
  • Want to build a community of practitioners to support you in your racial equity organizational change practice
  • Have experience facilitating racial equity conversations and you want to utilize an existing curriculum and assessment tools
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Time Commitment

In addition to the time spent participating in training (3 days), participants will be expected to put in approximately 10 hours of pre-work (readings, watching videos, and short exercises to prepare for in-person sessions), and approximately 3 hours of post-training activities including up to two 75-minute sessions of personalized technical assistance within six (6) months after training.

Program Costs

The Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism train-the-trainer workshop will be offered on a sliding scale:

  • $1950 for unaffiliated individuals or representatives from organizations with an organizational budget under $2 million. 
  • $2350 for representatives from organizations with an organizational budget between $2 million and $5 million. 
  • $2850 for representatives from organizations with an organizational budget over $5 million. 

Discounts and Scholarships

If an organization sends two representatives, they are eligible for a discount of $200/person.

CURE will offer a scholarship to up to three (3) participants, who will be able to attend for $800 off the lowest offered rate, for a total of $1150. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please indicate that in your application. We are particularly encouraging applications from individuals with lived experience who are underrepresented in the racial equity training and consulting field.

What’s Included

  • Three days of facilitated workshop experience with experienced racial equity organizational change facilitators who are trained and practiced in the CURE REOC method, including Sasanka Jinadasa, MPH, Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH and Dwayne Wharton.
  • Participant toolkit filled with detailed guidance and worksheets to support implementation of the UISR workshop
  • Facilitator guides and slide decks for the Understanding Institutional and Structural Racism workshop

Where Do I Apply?

Learn more about the workshop here.

For questions about the workshop or to request an in-house workshop for your agency or organization, please email our team at