- a common definition of racism and an understanding of the different forms it takes – individual , institutional, linguistic, and cultural;

- a common language and analysis for examining racism in the United States;

- understanding of one’s own connection to institutional racism and it’s impact on his/her life

- awareness and understanding about ways to begin undoing racism; 


- why people are poor and the role of institutions in exacerbating institutional racism, particularly for people and communities of color;

- the historical context for how racial classifications in the United States came to be and how/why they are maintained;

- the historical context for how U.S. institutions came to be and who they have been designed to serve;

- how all of us, including white people, are adversely impacted by racism every day, everywhere;


- knowledge about how to be more effective in the work you do with your constituencies, organizations, your communities, your families;

- understanding of the role of community organizing and building effective multiracial coalitions as a means for undoing racism

- critical awareness about how your life is (or is not) affected by racism;