Caucuses & Support Groups
The caucuses and support groups complement each other and conference participants are invited to explore the ways that each group furthers their commitment to dismantling racism in the world. We ask people to select a caucus/support group carefully and respectfully.
The caucuses will focus on actions we must take in our lives, including during the conference, to challenge white supremacy and develop sustaining networks to continue work.
People of Color/Indigenous People Caucus
WPC attendees who identify as people of color and indigenous people are encouraged to join this daily conversation. This caucus will provide an opportunity to share information, feelings, and experiences that occur during the conference. Come join us in a unique space for support and collaboration.
Lead Facilitators: Pamela Smith Chambers, Robin Parker, Jorge Zeballos
Caucus for White Anti-Racist Activists
WPC attendees who identify as white anti-racist activists and allies are invited to meet and network with other anti-racist white people. We will explore issues of white privilege, white supremacy, internalization of white superiority, and accountability to people of color and how they manifest at WPC itself. The caucus is a space to offer support, challenge one another, and explore strategies for making change. The facilitators of the people of color caucus and the white anti-racist caucus will be in regular communication so that the caucusing will be done in mutual accountability. Bring a friend! We've all got work to do. Doing it together makes us stronger and better allies.
Lead Facilitators: Shelly Tochluk, Joy Bailey, and Beth Applegate
Caucus time will be offered for the youth participating in the Youth Leadership Conference.
The support groups provide an opportunity to express and heal emotions that may arise at the conference and in our lives that interfere with our ability to think and communicate clearly at the conference and as we organize against racism in our lives.
Constituency-based or Interest-based Support Groups
Support groups provide small group space for participants to examine and process feelings coming up at the conference, where the guideline of confidentiality is agreed to by all participants. In the support group, participants are supported to process information, to reclaim initiative to become more effective in their work, and to look at the impact of racism in their own lives. Coming together and sharing in a group that's led by an experienced support group leader can create an enhanced measure of safety to help people recover from the effects of racism in their lives and assist them to be more effective in their work to end racism. Each participant will have equal time to be listened to respectfully and with caring attention as they share experiences of racism and take pride in themselves, other people in their groups and in their communities, as well as share their successes. At the beginning of each support group time, we will organize groups based on participants' identities and/or interests. We will briefly share some of the theory and techniques that provide the foundation for these support groups to show how people can create emotional healing support systems in their home communities. These support groups have proven very effective in helping to sustain the work of ending racism and recovery from the effects of racism in our lives. At the end we will provide interested participants with information about UER support groups in their home communities as well as information on more extended training sessions where they can learn the skills to lead such groups in their home communities.
Lead Facilitators: United to End Racism (UER)
Need someone to talk to?
In addition, The White Privilege Conference can stir a range of emotions during one’s participation. During the conference if you are feeling confused, upset, or distressed, the United to End Racism (UER) delegation may be able to help. If you would like someone to listen to you with aware attention, stop by the United to End Racism display table. Let the UER person know you’d like someone to listen to you. We will do our best to accommodate your request given time and space restraints. You are also welcome to join us for support group times or to attend one or more of the UER sessions during the conference. Don’t let your upset make your time at the conference more difficult or interfere with your organizing efforts to end racism. Stop by — we’ll do our best to listen and support you!