Overcoming Systemic Racism – a Four Step Personal and Organisational Plan

 

 

Why anti-racism?

  • 37% of people of colour say they have been bullied, abused or singled out because of their race. Leading to 57% of black women in particular to have suffered a mental health problem due to workplace bullying.
  • Black African, Bangladeshi and Pakistan graduates are the least likely group to be offered jobs.
  • Black men are 5x more likely to develop psychological illnesses (like psychosis) due to the social and economical factors related to racism. This includes experiences of discrimination, covert and overt racism, oppression and isolation, particularly in the workplace.
  • Black People hold just 1.5% of leadership positions across the public and private sector in the UK.

Maybe these statistics don’t surprise you. Maybe they do. But you’re here, just like us, because we’d like the situation for black and brown individuals in society to be equitable.

The Race Ahead course is designed to help not only you as an individual. But you as a key stakeholder and decision maker in your organisation, to understand and address systemic racism and the disparities that this causes in the workplace.

  • We want you to understand the detrimental impacts of discrimination. No matter how unintentional.
  • We want you to feel confident when speaking about race and racism to all those above and below you.
  • And we want you to have the tools you need to create an organisational approach to tackling these issues. These issues which negatively affect the mental health and wellbeing of your black and brown colleagues and employees.

A non-judgemental approach to learning about racism

  • 70% of ethnic minority workers have experienced racial harassment at work in the last 5 years (TUC racism at work survey 2020.)
  • 52% of BAME staff feel they would have to leave their current organisation to progress their career. (Business in the Community, Race at Work 2018.)
  • 47 FTSE 100 companies have no BAME representation on their boards (Green Park Research, Dec 2019)
  • 1 in 3 BAME employees have been told to adopt a western work name by their Boss (Slater and Gordon research, May 2019.)

Understanding the history of English Race Relations in the United Kingdom will help us better understand the nature of systemic racism and the negative impact it has on black and brown individuals. Knowledge gives you the power to make decisions that will positively affect our future. Change can happen at a micro level. Everyone can and should be playing their part.

  • But it’s overwhelming.
  • It’s hard to face.
  • It’s uncomfortable.
  • It feels like it’s not relevant to you.
  • And it’s not without its complexities around a lack of understanding.

Race Ahead lays down foundational understanding in 4 simple to absorb and non-judgemental modules. We explore the history and look at some of the core UK institutions and how the policies and practices create the disparities caused by systemic racism.

There is a deep dive in the stressors and mental disorders that are more prevalent to black and brown individuals as a direct result of racism.

And the course finishes by making sure that you have a toolbox of strategies to change your own unconscious biases and of those of the people around you.

How will this benefit me and my organisation?

This is an essential course for individuals who want to demonstrate that they work in an actively anti-racism workplace. But the importance goes beyond that of learning about and improving on your own personal belief systems. Taking part in the Race Ahead course, at an individual level or a business level:

  • Reduces employee turnover in black and brown members of staff.
  • Increases your company reputation and image as an equitable employer.
  • Creates a more motivated and productive workforce.
  • Allows for enhanced psychological safety for all employees.
  • Allows you to retain skills and talent.
  • Helps you stand out as an employer of choice.
  • Reduces complaints, grievances and Tribunals.

What’s included?

The course is full of engaging content, activities, important facts, figures, video, tools and reading materials to support you to become a better ally.

Covering what racism is, how it manifests, how it is weaved through our systems and what you as an individual can do to change it on a personal level.

We’ll be covering the mental health conditions that affect black and brown individuals as a direct result of racism. And you’ll learn to establish what your organisation has in place already – and what you could do next.

We all think that we know what racism is…but how does it manifest? How do microaggressions contribute to the problem? Gain the knowledge and awareness of racist language and thinking to eradicate unintentional racism.

What happens next? Support, strategies and tools so you can take what you’ve learned and apply it to your organisation as an employee and an employer. But also how you can continue to learn and apply the takeaways to your life.

 

 

FAQs

Great! Get in touch with us at RaceAhead@edptraining.co.uk and we can discuss your specific organisation issues and requirements.

Great! Get in touch with us at RaceAhead@edptraining.co.uk and we can discuss your specific organisation issues and requirements.

Anyone who is interested in learning how to eradicate racism in society.

The course will take around 12 hours. The course is designed so you can do it at your own pace. Although it’s beneficial to complete it at the same time with a buddy.

We advise no more than 1 module a day if you are completing alone so there is lots of time to decompress and reflect, as some of the content can be shocking and upsetting.

We ask you to complete the course over 2 weeks, but you will have access to the system for 1 month if you want to refer back to any of the content, exercises or tools.

It’s £99 for one user and the Access link will be unique to you. Please direct anyone who is interested in the course to this website, or get in touch to discuss a whole business license for the course.

A lot of people are not racist or intentionally racist and say things like, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” And that often is true. However, the systems in the world that we live in are systemically racist and we are all a part of it therefore we all can do our bit to dismantle it over time. We just need a place to start and the Race Ahead Course is the perfect baseline for everybody.

Additional resources

Follow Bianca, Course creator and Managing Director of EDP Training on LinkedIn or watch these recent videos on some of the topics that are covered in the course.