This year we’re starting off our day of learning with a BIPOC caucus and a white caucus. Holding space for Caucuses or affinity groups is an important tool in Racial Equity. There is work for people of color and white people to do separately and together. A caucus creates a space to do the work separately.

This BIPOC Caucus is an opportunity for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color to to gather, connect, and learn with each other. For people who identify as BIPOC, a dedicated caucus can be a place to work with peers to address the impact of racism, to interrupt experiences of internalized racism, to hold space for healing, and to work towards individual and collective liberation.

Of you identify as white, please register for the white caucus. For white people, a dedicated caucus can provide space to work intentionally on understanding white supremacy, white privilege, bias and how to disrupt them on an individual level and collectively. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than placing a burden on people of color to teach them.

It is our hope to continue this tradition into conferences to come with the opportunity to expand the process and implement deeper programming around affinity groups and accountability.