Starting and Sustaining Equity and Antiracism Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, November 18, 2021
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"This was a very well written and presented training. The thought and research that went into it is so apparent and appreciated."

"Really loved the grounding in understanding how we create assumptions, how we can ask better questions, and using/building self-awareness."

"There was so much information that will be helpful to the work that I do. I will be watching it again in order to glean more and more. A person could go deeper with any number of topics in this session."

Your Training Description

Navigate the essential work of equity and antiracism in youth development within the diverse U.S. population. Overcome challenges in personal and systemic change, recognizing potential resistance. Learn to identify and address personal barriers to avoid reinforcing problematic narratives. Gain insights on where to start, sustain efforts, and pivot when facing resistance. Discover the power of small actions, practicing intercultural reflection and dialogue to navigate discomfort for real change. This training equips you for profound personal equity work, influencing change, and sustaining your journey with broader impact.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify and address personal barriers to engaging in equity and antiracism work
  • Explore access points to jump-starting or sustaining equity work in your personal and professional life
  • Learn to create conditions that support intercultural reflection and dialogue that promotes more equitable experiences

Your Trainer


Wendy Lorenz-Walraven, LICSW, LSSW is a Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Equity and Diversity, Interim Assistant Executive Director, and Interim Co-Principal MTS Secondary for Minnesota Transitions Charter School. She currently trains educators in Trauma Informed Practice, Restorative Practice, and Culturally Proficient School Systems. She has studied racial equity for 20 years and actively engages in her own self-study daily. Whether she is circle-keeping, providing one-to-one dialogue sessions or engaging with our community, she honors the dignity and worth of all people. She meets people of all ages and backgrounds where they are at with curiosity and genuine dedication to deepening connection and understanding. Equity work is constant and always changing to meet the needs of the community. When we breathe life into our whole selves we create space for the whole self of others. This is the space where stories can be shared, vulnerability is welcomed, and our potential for growth lies. Her hope is to offer some invitations and practical frameworks to guide your personal and professional journeys towards collective freedom.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to embrace diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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