WithinReach is working in shared leadership with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families and Washington Communities for Children to lead the design and development of a unified Help Me Grow system throughout Washington State.

As part of those efforts, we have created two Racial Affinity Groups. Here is more information about these groups, who they are intended for and how you can participate

“To advance racial equity, there is work for white people and people of color to do separately and together.” (Racial Equity Tools)

These Racial Affinity Groups are intended for individuals who are actively a part of Washington Communities for Children and/or on the Help Me Grow Washington Action Teams.

  • Spaces specifically designed for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are an important aspect of racial justice work. Oftentimes, spaces are automatically and unconsciously set up to center whiteness, which is harmful for BIPOC and can negatively impact their well-being as they simultaneously navigate stereotypes, microaggressions and racial inequities. It is important for BIPOC to have an inclusive and safe space to be their whole and authentic selves without the additional burden of whiteness.  
  • Spaces specifically designed for white people are also an important part of racial justice work. These spaces are intentionally formed for white people to “work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus or affinity group also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than constantly relying on people of color to teach them.” (Racial Equity Tools) 

For more information, please fill out the Racial Affinity Group interest form

Julia Kagochi is hosting bimonthly BIPOC affinity group meetings on the 1st Thursdays (1 – 2 pm) of the month.

Linden Obel is hosting bimonthly white affinity group meetings on the 2nd Fridays (10 – 11:30 am) and 4th Tuesdays (1 – 2 pm) of the month.

For more resources and information about Racial Affinity Groups, visit the Racial Equity Tools website.

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