RA-GDP Frequently Asked Questions
Cohort 2 is targeted for Fall, 2021. Registration will open Spring 2021.
Our registration process requires that you register as a group and pay as a group (payment prior to program start).
If you are interested in participating in RA-GDP Cohort 2, please complete this form. We will be in touch with the application process.
Meanwhile, begin to form your group by inviting members to join you.
Racial affinity groups mean different things to people and many have different intentions and functionality.
RA-GDP is mindfulness-based study group in that we are investigating habits of mind to interrupt habits of harm within community and over time.
Watch What it is; What it isn’t!
The RA-GDP is about understanding your own race and racial conditioning. We encourage affinity groups of like race folk and, ideally, like gender identity. You may, of course, be a RA Group of “bi-racial” folk.
We have found that "affinity" groups offer less distraction, more focus, and more safety.
The RA-GDP asks that you schedule 3 hours per month to meet in your Racial Affinity Group (this assumes you have 8 members). Additionally there are 4 Cohort Sessions scheduled throughout the year long program.
To prepare for your monthly meetings, you will be given questions to contemplate prior to meeting with RA Group members. With these questions, you will become curious about your family history and habits, and may even follow your interests a bit further. Reflecting on these questions during meditation or journaling is also encouraged.
There are no assignments outside of the monthly reflections and your engagement with those in your RA Group. We ask that you fully commit to this program and read Mindful of Race: Transforming racism from the inside out, and to reference this book throughout this program.
We have found that a minimum of 4, maximum of 8 members work most effectively for group intimacy and cohesion. We strongly advise groups to stay within this range.
What you don’t want to do is have more people than you have time to know them!
If you have more than 8 people interested, we recommend that you sign up for two groups of 4.
Please Note; We are not accepting RA groups larger than 8 members.
Individuals are responsible for finding members and registering as a RA Group. We encourage you to invite people you know to join you; people you feel would want to learn about their race and racial conditioning. Watch the video on Inviting Others to Join You. We do not support you in finding RA Group members.
It may be advisable for your organization to sponsor a training if you have multiple RA Group interest. Visit Mindful of Race Training Program for more details.
Designated Coordinators play a pivotal role in the RA-GDP in that you represent the voice of your RA group throughout the program.
Prior to the program start, DCs invite members to participate in the program with you. You also enroll your RA group in the program (groups register, not individuals). Once the RA-GDP starts, DCs ensure an even flow of information between your RA group members and the program at large, interfacing with Ruth King at designated times throughout the year.
In this role, you have the added advantage of refining your observations and insights into how groups work and what they need as we engage race and racism in group life and over time. You will also learn from other DCs as they share the happenings in their group and receive feedback.
DCs are participants and stay in learning mode along with other RA Group members throughout the program.
This is a great role for individuals who want to refine group process and racial awareness skills. We ask that you commit to this role for the duration of the program.
Watch the Inviting Others to Join You video for more details.
Here are possible Invitation scripts:
If you are starting a RA Group: I’m reading this book, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King, and it’s opening my eyes to a few things I hadn’t considered before now (state one or two of those things). Ruth King offers a Racial Affinity Group Development Program that would guide us in examining our racial habits that support harm and harmony. This feels important (say why)! We would meet monthly for one year and follow recommended inquiry questions established by the author. Here’s a link to more details. I would love to take this journey with you! Will you join me?
If you have already formed a RA Group and seek a more introspective structure, you are inviting members to recommit. This may involve a conversation with group members about interest, and if appropriate, an exploration of whether group size and multi-gendered members are working for your group’s growth. Possible Recommitment Script Existing RA Groups: We’ve been meeting for a while as a RA Group and I’d like to dive a bit deeper into our racial conditioning and its impact on harm and harmony. I’ve been reading Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King, and it’s opened my eyes to a few things we haven’t considered as a group (state one or two things). Ruth King offers a Racial Affinity Group Development year-long program. I think it would help us (…fill in details as to why). It would be great to take this journey together. Here’s a link to that program. Should we sign up?
It may take a few weeks and a few conversations before your group forms and solidly commits. Don’t be discouraged! Most people take their commitments seriously and therefore must be given the information and reasonable time to consent.
RA Groups pay as a group, not as individuals.
RA Groups may pay by credit card or by check and must be received by the designated due date.
All payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No exceptions, please.
You may add group members to your registration form up until payment has been made.
Once payment has been made, we ask that you not add additional people.
It is advisable that you make sure you have your RA Group members confirmed prior to registration and payment.
To add additional RA Group members to your submitted registration form prior to July 15, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and referencing your Group Coordinator and Group Name.
Watch the Registration Process Video for more details.
We do not provide refunds or accept transfers/exchange of participants.
Please make sure you can participate prior to payment.
You cannot reserve a spot with a deposit. It helps us greatly if you can register once you have consenting group members and are ready to make full payment. Keep in mind, payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
We do not track, measure, or evaluate your participation. For these reasons, we do not offer certificates of completion or CEUs.
Because we are growing racial awareness over time and within community, it is strongly advised that you not add new members once your group starts.
Adding new members keeps your RA Group in the “inclusion” stage of group development, which stagnates group growth, intimacy, and trust.
To add new members once you have started interferes with the quality of your learning.
Just as a reminder, there are no refunds once payment is made.
The quality of learning is dependent on group cohesion, growth, and trust – in other words, members showing up wholeheartedly. Sometimes being absent can’t be helped. However, know that your absence will have an impact both on you and on RA Group members. Talk to your RA Group members openly about this and explore both impact and forms of support.
We discourage the incorporation of other therapeutic or healing modalities into the structure of this program. It is important that participants stay in a learning mode and on equal ground with participants. As the group grows toward Belonging (the third stage of group development), other modalities may be incorporated.