DATES FOR THE SPRING 2018 SESSION
Enrollment February 1 to 20
Orientation on Saturday, February 24 from 11:00 am to noon
Session from March 3 – April 14 (meet at least 3 times with your partner)
Debrief meeting on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00-8:00 pm
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAM
SURJ 1 to 1 is a free, individualized educational program created and maintained by Corvallis SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice. Pairs of learners select topics from an extensive resource list of readings and videos, then have private discussions several times over 8 weeks. Learners can also choose outside readings, movies, etc.
1. To support Learners in educating themselves about race, racism, and racial justice.
2. To allow Learners to hone their skills at speaking with white people about racial justice work.
3. To establish a baseline of understanding among Corvallis SURJ members that will allow the group to make a bigger impact on the community.
4. To better prepare people to fulfill SURJ’s nationwide mission, which is to organize white people to take action for racial justice as part of a multiracial alliance.
Once enrollment opens (February 1, 2018), click here to complete your application and self-assessment. For the Spring 2018 session, the deadline for submitting these materials is February 20, 2018.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the time commitment?
Each session of the program lasts 8 weeks. During that time period, Learner pairs should plan to meet in person, or otherwise communicate, at least 3 times (3 times total, not 3 times per week!) The exact time commitment will be determined by each pair, but 1 to 2 hours per week is a reasonable expectation.
I was enrolled in an earlier session of SURJ 1 to 1. Can I apply again?
Can I work through the resource list on my own?
Yes—but will you? Previous participants found that they were more likely to do some readings if they were accountable to someone else. Also, talking things over with someone else—or teaching someone else—is the best way to learn to articulate difficult concepts.
Can teenagers join?
Yes! For ages 15 to 17 we request written permission from a parent or guardian.
What is the Spring 2018 program schedule?
1. All potential participants must submit a brief application for the program and then complete a self-assessment by February 20, 2018.
2. Facilitators will meet on Saturday, February 24, 2018 for orientation. The meeting will be from 11:00 am to noon at the south co-op meeting room (First Alternative Natural Foods), 1007 SE 3rd St. The meeting room is in a separate building north of the store, behind the Purple Moon coffee kiosk.
3. On or about March 3, 2018 each pair of Learners will have their first meeting in a public place such as a coffee shop, library, park, etc. They will decide what topics are most important to them and develop a loose plan to covering those topics over the next 8 weeks.
4. All participants will meet for a program wrap-up on Thursday, April 19. That meeting will be from 7:00-8:00 pm at the south co-op meeting room (First Alternative Natural Foods), 1007 SE 3rd St. The meeting room is in a separate building north of the store, behind the Purple Moon coffee kiosk.
Participants will be asked to set a post-program goal to further build their racial literacy or take some action for racial justice.
How do I get started?
Once enrollment opens (February 3, 2018), click here to submit your application and self-assessment. The deadline for submitting these materials is February 20, 2018.
Where should I send questions?