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Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia Coalition

Posted:  -  By: Chloe Edwards

To achieve the goals of Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week (RTRW) in a sustainable and intentional way, this initiative is now known as Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia (RTRVA). The RTRVA Coalition continues to meet in order to move forward in structuring the coalition and its committees: executive, partnerships, education, engagement, advocacy, and activism.

RTRVA is an intentional evolution of the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia that further concentrates our efforts on the intersection of trauma and equity. This community-led initiative will empower advocates with lived experiences to ignite the change they wish to see in their community. RTRVA continues to move the Voices’ mission and strategic plan and racial equity transformation goals forward as we continue to analyze the evolvement of our work in response to the needs of the community.

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Help us achieve our mission and goals.

Our Mission

To empower the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice.

Our Goals

  • To educate Virginians on the impact of cultural, historical, and racial trauma.
  • To encourage allies to participate in advocacy and activism to deconstruct systems of oppression.
  • To promote equity, inclusion, and justice to combat systematic racism and oppression.
  • To tell the truths and the stories of Black Indigenous Communities of Color, including the retelling of history and the experiences of communities of color.
  • To promote diversity and inclusion of communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals on the IDD spectrum, individuals with different abilities, and other oppressed communities.

Join our coalition!

Qualifications 

General Coalition Member: 

  • General coalition members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • General coalition members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Coalition members that qualify for membership include:
    • an advocate with lived experience of trauma and oppression.
    • an ally willing to work alongside marginalized communities to create an equitable and just society for all.
    • an advocate or activist for inclusion, i.e. LGBTQ+ advocate, Black Lives Matter activist, youth advocate, etc.
    • a professional working to combat systemic inequities or uplift marginalized communities.
    • an individual who contributes to a diversity of perspectives, i.e. parent, youth, professional, student, individual(s) from urban, rural, or suburban communities, individual that has been impacted by the system, i.e. foster care, healthcare, mental health, etc.
    • a community leader or elder working directly with communities impacted by the mission and goals of RTR in a variety of sectors, which can include: mental health and health, foster care, early childhood education and education, juvenile justice, higher education, data and research, housing, food justice, family economic security, and more.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.
  • CLICK HERE TO JOIN! Join our community for kids to receive coalition meeting invitations and RTR news.

Advocacy & Activism Committee: 

  • Advocacy and Activism committee members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • Committee members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Committee members that qualify include:
    • an advocate and activist with lived experience of trauma and oppression
    • a professional working directly with individuals impacted by the systems within the system, i.e. human services, social services, etc.
    • a professional, advocate, or activist that works for or with an advocacy, policy, or political organization
    • a professional, advocate, or activist part of a coalition working to ignite change at the local, regional, state, and/or federal level
    • a youth, parent, or community member willing to engage in advocacy and activism opportunities throughout the year and to share their story to help support policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Experts in an array of fields with an associates, bachelors, advanced degree, personal or professional experience are encouraged to join.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.

Racial Truth & Reconciliation VA Advocacy & Activism Committee

The advocacy and activism committee will collaborate with external activist and advocacy partners to stay abreast of policy opportunities throughout the year, including grassroots initiatives. This committee will work to inform the coalition of community themes related to barriers to equity or best practices to further connect the themes to policy and grassroots advocacy opportunities. The committee will work to build a unified advocacy partner support agenda in order to mobilize coalition members during each year's general assembly session to support the coalition's priorities. The advocacy and activism committee will also support each year's advocacy day planning to help shape the agenda and objectives of the day and recruit advocates and partners.

Education Committee 

  • Education committee members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • Committee members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The education committee members should have an area of expertise to help contribute to a diversity of perspectives, knowledge, and skillsets within the committee.
  • Committee members that qualify include:
    • Individuals from the following field are encouraged to join: human services, public administration, public policy, mental health, public health, healthcare, education, early childhood education, family economic security, economic development, child welfare, foster care, trauma-informed care and resilience, sociology, racial equity and equity, diversity and inclusion, community impact, community outreach and engagement, research and data, higher education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, social change, systems change, advocacy, activism, non-profit, public service, professional development, etc.
  • Experts in an array of fields with an associates, bachelors, advanced degree, or professional or personal experience are encouraged to join.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.

Racial Truth & Reconciliation VA Education Committee

The education committee will create ongoing educational opportunities for the coalition. This includes professional development opportunities for private and public partners and advocates. In addition to professional development opportunities around cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, racial equity and equity, the committee should also include educational opportunities that are tied to policy and social change as it relates to the goals of Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia. Programming ideas and themes could include the original RTR programming, in particular- the community chats, elder chats, give us the mics, etc.

Engagement Committee 

  • Engagement committee members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • Committee members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Engagement committee members should have the skillset, experience, or expertise to authentically engage with organizations and communities on an ongoing basis.
  • Engagement committee members should have a speciality in relationship-building with different demographics, including: private and public sectors, children and youth, parents, urban, suburban, and rural communities, different educational backgrounds, and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Individuals from an array of fields that work directly with community stakeholders and communities are encouraged to join.
  • Individuals with an associates, bachelors, advanced degree, or professional and personal experience are encouraged to join.
  • Qualifications could include individuals that come from the communities we hope to engage with.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.

Racial Truth & Reconciliation VA Engagement Committee

The engagement committee will continuously collaborate with the partnerships committee and the leadership committee to analyze current partnerships, expand partnerships, engage with the community and represent RTR at events with no end goal in mind (non-transactional), and work with the executive committee to analyze the diversity of perspectives within the coalition to intentionally expand the coalition. The ultimate goal is to deepen relationships with the communities impacted by the RTR mission and goals in addition to the communities served by the organizations and networks within RTR partnerships.

Partnership Committee

  • Partnership committee members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • Committee members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Partners include organizations and individuals connected to networks that support the RTR mission, goals, and initiatives.
  • Partners must commit to integrating the mission and goals of RTR into their organizational or network practices.
  • Partners from private and public sectors are encouraged to sign-on in support of RTR and actively participate in the partnership committee to engage members of their organizations or networks in the work.
  • In signing-on as a partner, you consent to being publicly featured or named as an RTR partner.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.

Racial Truth & Reconciliation VA Partnership Committee

Partners in solidarity are invited to sign-on as a Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia partner and invited to participate in one of the Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia partnership committee. Serving as a partner in solidarity on the partnership committee is not required (partners in solidarity can choose another committee to serve on). However, the committee works intentionally and collaboratively with the engagement committee to analyze partnerships and expand partnerships to include a diversity of perspectives. The partnership committee should also work to ensure the coalition is increasingly representative of the communities served and to ensure partnerships include organizations that serve youth, families, and advocates directly impacted by the RTR mission and goals. The partnership committee can also collaborate with the advocacy and activism committee throughout the year to mobilize those within their organizations to act on policy or political opportunities.

Executive Committee 

  • Executive committee members must be authentically committed to the RTR mission and goals.
  • Committee members must be willing to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities around cultural competency, implicit biases, racial equity, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Leadership committee members are considered to have an expertise in diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and racial equity and equity.
  • Leadership committee members must vet all RTR programming and initiatives to ensure it authentically represents the mission and goals of RTR.
  • The positions we are looking to fill on the committee are: 
    • Coalition Vice Chair
    •  Coalition Secretary
      • Assist with RTR event, coalition meeting scheduling, and diversity polls
      • Connect with committees to provide updates and reports to the coalition
      • Take notes and provide support at RTR coalition meetings
      • Help organize and orchestrate an agenda for RTR coalition meetings
      • Collaborate with the chair and vice chair on coalition strategies, goals, and planning
    • Advocacy & Activism Chair/Co-Chairs
      • Provide insight to the coalition on grassroots and legislative advocacy opportunities
      • Engage with policy partners to track initiatives, developments, and provide insight on political & policy opportunities
      • Connect with the engagement and partnership committees to gain insight on political and communal challenges to achieving the RTR mission and goals and community-level best practices to connect to political opportunities
      • Organize and orchestrate committee meetings and reports
      • Collaborate with the chair and vice chair on advocacy and activism strategies and themes
    • Education Chair/Co-Chairs
      • Develop a calendar of educational events to engage with the coalition in throughout the year
      • Identify professional development opportunities for coalition members around diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and racial equity and equity
      • Identify educational opportunities that are tied to advocacy and activism themes at the grassroots, i.e. increased interest around food justice, housing inequities, deconstructing racism within the child welfare sectors, etc.
      • Organize and orchestrate committee meetings and reports
      • Collaborate with the chair and vice chair on educational opportunities throughout the planning process
    • Engagement Chair/Co-Chairs
      • Collaborate closely with the partnership chair to engage private and public sectors in the RTR coalition mission and goals
      • Develop relationships with youth and family-serving organizations by supporting the work that they are doing and showing up to events
      • Formalize partnerships and technical assistance opportunities to organizations that serve individuals directly impacted by our mission around advocacy and social change
      • Organize and orchestrate committee meetings and reports
      • Collaborate with the chair and vice chair on perspective speaking engagements and formal partnership opportunities
    • Partnership Chair/Co-Chairs
      • Collaborate closely with the engagement chair to connect partners in solidarity to opportunities to support and engage in the work of youth, families, children, and community members.
      • Create networking opportunities for partners in solidarity and ensure partners in solidarity have knowledge of professional development opportunities
      • Intentionally expand the diversity of perspectives within the RTR coalition and partnership committee to ensure both are inclusive
      • Organize and orchestrate committee meetings and reports
      • Collaborate with chair and vice chair on partnership expansion opportunities and speaking engagements
    • The founding RTR Trauma-Informed Community Network Leaders are also encouraged to serve on the committee.
  • GED, high school diploma, bachelors, or advanced degrees are not required to join the coalition.
  • Individuals with an associates, bachelors, advanced degree, or professional and personal experience are encouraged to join.
  • Qualifications could include individuals that come from the communities we hope to impact.

Are you interested or do you have a referral? Email: Chloe at va kids dot org for a meeting. 

 

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