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The following FAQs are for RA-GDP Cohort 1

Registration is currently closes for RA-GDP Cohort 1. 

Our registration process requires that you register as a group and pay as a group (one payment). 

We had an overwhelming response to the RA-GDP offer. While originally conceived as a pilot, to meet the social distress of our times we have expanded and now will  include everyone who was able to apply prior to the close of registration. 

If your RA Group is not accepted in this pilot, we hope you will participate in Cohort 2 tentatively scheduled for Fall 2021. 

Racial affinity groups mean different things to people and many have different intentions and functionality. Specific to the RA-GDP, watch the video: What it is; What it isn’t! For distinction, it is helpful to reiterate what it isn’t:

  • The RA-GDP is not a social justice, organizing, or problem-solving group. While these efforts are important, it is not the focus of this program.
  • While emotions and trauma go hand in hand with race and racism, this program is not an emotional or trauma processing group. The emphasis is on creating space for deep witnessing and understanding without interference.
  • The RA-GDP does not encourage you to focus or learn about other races. This is a racial inquiry into your own race and racial conditioning.
  • This program does not rally around who’s right or wrong but rather what happened and what is happening and its impact.
  • This is not a train the trainer program. It is not intended for you to replicate but rather to fully participate in.
  • RA-GDP is not a Buddhist training although it is informed by Buddhist principles.

It is mindfulness-based in that we are investigating habits of mind to interrupt habits of harm.

The RA-GDP is about understanding your own race and racial conditioning. You can, of course, be a RA Group of “bi-racial” folk. We encourage affinity groups of like race folk and, ideally, like gender identity. Such affinity offers less distraction, more focus, and more safety.

This racial study group offering asks that you schedule 3 hours per month to meet in your RA Group.

In preparation for your monthly meetings, you will be given questions to contemplate and share with RA Group meetings.

In these contemplations, you may find yourself curious about your family history and habits, and may even follow your interests a bit. You might also contemplate during meditation or journaling.

There are no assignments outside of the monthly reflections and your engagement with those in your RA Group. 

We ask that you read Mindful of Race: Transforming racism from the inside out, and to reference this book throughout this program. 

We have found that 4-7 members work most effectively for group intimacy and cohesiveness, allowing time and space for individuals to unfold and come out of hiding.

If you must have a larger group, you will need to extend your meeting time, although we caution against groups larger than 9 and smaller than 4. What you don’t want to do is create a situation where you have more people than you have time to know them! 

We do not support you in finding RA Group 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.

Please review the next question: How are decisions made about which RA Groups will be accepted. 

We ask that organizations go through the registration process as proposed, submitting one form per RA Group. If, for example, you submit registration forms for four different RA Groups, be sure to include your organization’s name on each registration form. If all of your RA Groups are accepted, one payment link will be sent to the billing contact of organization.

We do not provide organizational support outside of this guidance. We do ask that participants attend with full consent (versus mandatory). 

Please note: 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.

The role of the designated coordinator (DC) is core to the program and will be discussed more in the Kick-Off session.

Here are a few activities we have asked the DC to perform:

  • Prior to the program start, the DC invites/brings the RA Group together, registers the RA Group for the program, and ensures payment is made to confirm participation.
  • Once the program starts, the DC serving as the interface between your RA Group and Ruth King. 
  • The DC may do any number of RA Group housekeeping tasks, including coordinate monthly meetings and supporting the group in following monthly inquiries and guidelines. 
  • The DC (or a representative from the RA Group) also attends the Designated Coordinator Group Consultations sessions scheduled in the program.

DCs are not coaches, mentors, or therapists (even if they are) to RA Group members. They are not to be elevated or used extensively. All RA Group work should occur in the group. Designated coordinators should stay in participant/learning mode along with other RA Group members.

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.

You Designated Coordinator will be notified of your RA Group’s acceptance, the amount due, and due date. 

We prefer credit card payment. A 3% credit card processing fee will be included in your total due. 

You also have the option of paying by check. 

All payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No exceptions. 

You may add group members to your registration form up until payment has been requested.

Once your payment link has been issued and you have paid, you will not be able to add new members. For this reason, it is best to 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 kathyc@ruthking.net 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. 

The simple answer is No. We do not provide scholarships or payment plans, nor do we track, measure, or evaluate your participation, therefore, we do not offer certificates 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.

To add 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. 

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.

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