The Racial Justice Issue Team's mission is to promote racial justice within the Marianist Family and to examine our own need for "conversion of hearts, minds, and institutions in order to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities" (from Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love, a Pastoral Letter Against Racism from the USCCB). 

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Racial Justice Issue Team

Systemic Racism Training and Follow Up

Initiate Engagement with SM Office of Education & Office of Sponsorship and FMI Office of Education

JUNETEENTH RACIAL JUSTICE DIALOGUE EVENTS

The Racial Justice Team, in coordination with MSJC’s Steering Committee, organized a anti-racist training from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training in February of 2022. There were over 25 participants from the Marianist Family. As a group, participants: 

PODCAST DIALOGUE ON RACIAL JUSTICE FOR MARIANIST FAMILY

Systemic Racism Training & Follow Up

· Discussed systemic racism and its relationship to white dominant culture in the US
· Used a framework and common language to assess our current status
· Started discussing strategic work that our organizations and Family will need to do to dismantle systemic racism within our systems and beyond

As a Marianist Family, we want to be more inclusive, equitable, and accountable and this training was one step in that direction. This training created space for members of the Marianist Family to journey with a facilitator around the history of systemic racism and provide critical reflection on the impact of racism on and in the Marianist Family. MSJC is now planning a follow-up conversation to focus on next steps for our organization as we pursue this anti-racist work. The Racial Justice Team and MSJC’s ongoing hope is to identify barriers, provide tools to overcome these barriers, and develop leadership for the effort. We will continue to update our community as we move forward on this!

Podcast Dialogue on Racial Justice for the Marianist Family

The Racial Justice Team has offered the Seeing White podcast series and dialogue for the Marianist Family to engage in more intentional, internal conversations and provide more space for conversion of hearts in regard to racial equity. It is helpful for us as as family to hold the mirror up to our own shortcomings and opportunities for growth and intentional invitation to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities. 
This program has now been run with five different cohorts and the Racial Justice Team is working to create follow up programming for past participants. 

Initiate Engagement with SM Office of Education & Office of Sponsorship and FMI Office of Education

JUNETEENTH RACIAL JUSTICE DIALOGUE EVENTS

PODCAST DIALOGUE ON RACIAL JUSTICE FOR MARIANIST FAMILY

Systemic Racism Training & Follow Up

Juneteenth Racial Justice Dialogue Event

For the past two years, the MSJC Racial Justice Issue Team has hosted an event to commemorate Juneteenth, the day African Americans celebrate their freedom from slavery. These events have invited participants to join in sharing prayer, songs and dialogue focused on overcoming racism. The experience has been inspiring, challenging, and reflective. 
Please see resources below from the Juneteenth 2021 program on how you can start doing the work of overcoming racism. A link to watch the 2021 Juneteenth gathering is also below: 
Celebrating Juneteenth PowerPoint
A Guide to Continuing the Journey 
Media Resources on Systemic Racism
2021 Juneteenth Event Zoom Recording

Initiate Engagement with SM Office of Education & Office of Sponsorship and FMI Office of Education

JUNETEENTH RACIAL JUSTICE DIALOGUE EVENTS

PODCAST DIALOGUE ON RACIAL JUSTICE FOR MARIANIST FAMILY

Systemic Racism Training & Follow Up

Initiate Engagement with SM Office of Education & Office of Sponsorship and FMI Office of Education

The Racial Justice Issue Team is exploring ways our Marianist institutions are and/or could be living out the Church's mission of racial justice. Similar to how some Marianist schools have successfully addressed environmental sustainability efforts, we feel racial justice could become an integral part of how we talk about and do things at an institutional level. 

Initiate Engagement with SM Office of Education & Office of Sponsorship and FMI Office of Education

JUNETEENTH RACIAL JUSTICE DIALOGUE EVENTS

PODCAST DIALOGUE ON RACIAL JUSTICE FOR MARIANIST FAMILY

Systemic Racism Training & Follow Up

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Resources 

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Particularly in advocating for racial justice, we acknowledge there is a personal ownership needed. We have to name our own implicit bias, become attentive to societal constructs that benefit some and oppress others and develop right relationships that call us to true community. 
 
The Marianist Family has a gift for forming community and it’s important that we have intentionality around advocating with and for those on the margins. We know the conversation must start within us, both as individuals but also as the Marianist Family. The initial work is internal. If we do this reflection, research and action well together, then our collective gift to the world as a Marianist Family will be amplified. 

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