RA-GDP Frequently Asked Questions
Registration is currently closes for RA-GDP Cohort 1. We anticipate Cohort 2 starting Fall 2021.
Our registration process requires that you register as a group and pay as a group (one payment).
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. Watch 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 a mindful 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 current 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.
RA-GDP 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. We have found that such affinity offers less distraction, more focus, and more safety.
This racial study group asks that you schedule 3 hours per month to meet in your RA Group (this assumes you have 7 members). Consider time as privilege and make your investment in the program a priority. This being said, timing may be different for each of you.
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. 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 7 members work most effectively for group intimacy and cohesion.
If you must have a larger group, you will need to extend your meeting time, although we caution against groups larger than 7 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!
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.
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 members together, registers the RA Group for the program, and ensures payment is made to by the due date.
- Once the program starts, the DC serving as the interface between your RA Group and Ruth King.
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. DCs are participants and stay in learning mode along with other RA Group members throughout 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.
You Designated Coordinator will be notified of your RA Group’s acceptance and payment due date.
You may pay by credit card or by check. Credit card processing fees may apply.
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 email@example.com 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 provide scholarships or payment plans, nor do we track, measure, or evaluate your participation. For these reasons, 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.