Through a combination of online and in-person learning over six months, the Racial Justice Training Institute helps legal aid lawyers and other equal justice advocates gain knowledge, skills, and tools to advance racial justice advocacy within their daily practices, organizations, and communities. 

Briefly, these are the Racial Justice Training Institute's core components and structure:

Introductory online activities. Over two to three weeks, through the Shriver Center's online campus, participants are introduced to the Institute, to one another, and to core competencies underlying the curriculum and training design: structural racialization; systems thinking; social cognition and implicit bias; framing and communication; community engagement and coalition building; advocacy approaches; and leadership and management practices. Learn more about how our online courses work. Estimated time commitment: 10 hours per week. 

Three-and-a-half-day onsite training. Participants begin to apply--through case scenarios and their own advocacy experiences--concepts and tools introduced in the earlier online segment, with ample time to begin building ongoing advocacy learning and peer-support networks that will characterize the months following the onsite portion of the training.

Race-equity teams and initiatives. Participants use knowledge and skills in daily work and in the advocacy initiatives that teams pursue throughout the Institute. By working in cross-program regional teams, participants have further opportunities to build networks through which their focus on racial justice advocacy continues after formal institute activities are completed.

Strategic Coaching On an individual basis, seasoned civil rights attorneys, including Shriver Center staff and Institute faculty, help participating advocates develop their racial justice advocacy agendas, coordinate with their peers, and access the broader community of experienced racial justice advocates.  

Online activities in months 2- 5. Conducted through the Shriver Center’s online campus, these include monthly online sessions, discussion forums, facilitated peer support groups, and other activities that meet participants' needs as they arise.. These online activities--including presentations and discussions on discrete areas of practice-- enable advocates to apply new concepts and skills to their work and chosen advocacy initiatives. Learn more about how our online courses work. Estimated time commitment: 15 hours per month. 

Evaluation and Documentation       Participants share progress and successes achieved through the Institute; disseminate stories, experiences, and lessons; help evaluate Institute structure and content; and recommend any changes that will strengthen the experience for future cohorts.