ASDIC Metamorphosis

by Margery Otto | Aug 31, 2010
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Summary:

ASDIC Metamorphosis, a State-wide program recognized for its transformative impact in informing, equipping and motivating people of all racial identities to create racially just social norms and to work together for systemic change, will improve its programming to better meet the needs of People of Color. In feedback on ASDIC's work to date, participants of Color have identified two primary areas in which the ASDIC program could better serve their needs:
1) the offering of specific events addressing particular needs of People of Color (e.g. examination of inter-ethnic tensions, addressing historical trauma, relationship-building and mutual support, empowerment and decolonization)
2) Revision of the reading materials used in ASDIC Circles to be more accessible to all. (Participants recognize that much of the most informative and helpful analysis regarding racism is being created in academia, but this work is written at very advanced reading levels making it difficult for most people to utilize the understandings that are available.)

Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles and other programs offered by the ASDIC Metamorphosis program will be improved by:
1) developing curriculum for and hosting events specifically tailored to the needs of People of Color who are participating, have participated, or indicate an interest in participating in ASDIC programs, and
2) creating summaries, written at an accessible reading level, of readings used in ASDIC Circles and other ASDIC workshops.

These program improvements will be offered in a number of counties across Minnesota.

About You

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About You

First Name

Herbert

Last Name

Perkins

Title

Executive Director

Organization

ASDIC Metamorphosis

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Cherokee Park United Church, Fiscal Agent

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

615 227-4275

Organization Address

371 W Baker St

Organization City

Saint Paul

Organization Zipcode

55107

Brief description of your organization

We serve as Fiscal Agent for ASDIC Metamorphosis, providing Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles that empower communities - whites and People of Color across Minnesota - to address systemic racism in their contexts. ASDIC's programs create conditions for new ways of being in relationship across lines of racial oppression and give rise to more effective changes in education, housing and employment.

Organization Country

United States, MN

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Your idea

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Name your project

ASDIC Metamorphosis

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Saint Louis County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

ASDIC Metamorphosis, a State-wide program recognized for its transformative impact in informing, equipping and motivating people of all racial identities to create racially just social norms and to work together for systemic change, will improve its programming to better meet the needs of People of Color. In feedback on ASDIC's work to date, participants of Color have identified two primary areas in which the ASDIC program could better serve their needs:
1) the offering of specific events addressing particular needs of People of Color (e.g. examination of inter-ethnic tensions, addressing historical trauma, relationship-building and mutual support, empowerment and decolonization)
2) Revision of the reading materials used in ASDIC Circles to be more accessible to all. (Participants recognize that much of the most informative and helpful analysis regarding racism is being created in academia, but this work is written at very advanced reading levels making it difficult for most people to utilize the understandings that are available.)
Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circles and other programs offered by the ASDIC Metamorphosis program will be improved by:
1) developing curriculum for and hosting events specifically tailored to the needs of People of Color who are participating, have participated, or indicate an interest in participating in ASDIC programs, and
2) creating summaries, written at an accessible reading level, of readings used in ASDIC Circles and other ASDIC workshops.
These program improvements will be offered in a number of counties across Minnesota.

Project starting date

1 January 2011

Project ending date

31 December 2011

Total project budget - required field

$ 247,200

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

The ASDIC Metamorphosis program is noted for producing deep-seated and lasting antiracist change. Participants who are People of Color -- who come from the full spectrum of communities of Color in our State -- report their experiences to be personally liberating and conducive to the building of closer relationships and clearer accountability with White people. Euro-American participants report deep personal transformation, intense increases in knowledge and awareness, greater ability to interact appropriately with People of Color, and an abiding commitment to antiracist change in their particular communities and contexts. The transformative impact of ASDIC on participants leads to sustained efforts to change institutional behaviors and significantly greater community activism on an on-going basis.

ASDIC Metamorphosis programs are based an a unique Model of Transformation. The ASDIC model emphasizes "Study" -- providing participants with the opportunity to encounter accurate descriptions of the history that has produced our current social realities, opportunities to critically examine the racialized narratives around and about us, and access to new understandings of the ideology of white supremacy. ASDIC emphasizes "Dialogue" -- because of the understanding that transformative change happens through relationships and the creation of new patterns of interaction between people of different racial identities. The program utilizes a unique style of facilitation, relational and reflective in quality, and creates a long-term, supportive community. These allow participants to self-explore the ways each of us has been socialized in relation to the racialized culture of this country and to express grieving, anger and other feelings that are necessary for growth into a new level of consciousness and conviction. The net result is a powerful and permanent force for dealing with structural racism in our State.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

Education is a primary vehicle for the transmission of a culture, including the underpinnings of a society's racial hierarchy. The impact of ASDIC on public education occurs at four levels:
1) Teachers, professors and other instructors change the cultural and physical environments of their institutions, create (and share) new lesson plans that provide their students with accurate and sorely needed information, and find themselves teaching and relating to their students in ways that are more culturally responsive, equitable and empathetic.
2) Educators who have participated in ASDIC Circles demonstrate high commitment to providing antiracism education and consciousness raising to their peers. Equipped with the analysis, vocabulary and resources offered by ASDIC, they lead staff development sessions, book studies and other activities to share their new understandings with others.
3) Following their participation in ASDIC Circles, educators join or organize groups of peers and other stakeholders who are committed to addressing racism. They become active in collectively advocating changes in institutional behaviors and policies in their educational settings.
4) ASDIC participants from all walks of life -- whether educators, parents or other members of the community -- become significantly more active in advocating for racial justice in the public arena. We see ASDIC members speaking up and creating pressure to draw school boundaries in equitable ways, demanding that public education e financed in more just ways, advocating for antiracism training of school staff, etc.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

January - February 2011: begin writing summaries at an accessible reading level for materials used in ASDIC programs; develop plans for a People of Color Summit in relation to on-going ASDIC programs to be held in spring 2011; organize spring ASDIC Circles by working with host community organizations, recruiting participants, preparing all materials, etc.

February - June 2011: offer ASDIC Circles in various locations throughout State; organize, design curriculum and convene a People of Color Summit; identify community organizations interested in hosting future ASDIC programs; continue work on summarizing ASDIC readings to make them more accessible.

Summer 2011: update ASDIC curriculum with particular attention to needs of participants of Color; work with community organizations to organize and recruit participants for ASDIC programs in the fall; develop plans for another People of Color Summit in relation to on-going ASDIC programs; first draft completed of summaries of most readings.

Fall 2011: offer ASDIC Circles, involving people from many racio-ethnic groups; convene another People of Color Summit; evaluate the year's activities, and plan further work.

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

The content and pedagogy of ASDIC Circles comes from Dr. Perkins' decades of training and teaching, his life experiences as an African American living in the United States, and his five and a half years of cross-cultural immersion living in the countryside of Bangladesh. This has resulted in a program that seeks out the perspectives of differing peoples. Half of the ASDIC facilitators are People of Color, and they guide the program in fundamental ways. All participants complete a feedback form after each session. Feedback from participants of Color is carefully attended to in making changes in the upcoming sessions of that particular ASDIC Circle and in the ASDIC program generally. Over the period of six years, this system of obtaining input has significantly shaped the ASDIC program.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

This project is expected to involve and impact most Communities of Color in the State. ASDIC programs typically draw from virtually all the differing Communities of Color present in a community. And, to our way of understanding, racism originates primarily in White actions and worldviews so the transformation of whites benefits all Communities of Color in the community.

What age group will your project impact?

Children (0-12 years), Teens/adolescents (13-19 years), Adults (20-60 years), Elders (60+ years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Northeastern MN, Southeastern MN, Central/Eastern MN, Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

Brainerd Lakes area; Twin Cities -- Saint Paul, Minneapolis, New Brighton, teachers from many metro districts

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

ASDIC Metamorphosis operates in collaboration with:
- United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where ASDIC offers three courses
- Hamline University, which offers an ASDIC-based for-credit course in its Graduate School of Education
- host organizations in Duluth which in the past included Duluth Public Schools, Community Action Duluth, YWCA Duluth and Peace United Church of Christ
- host organizations in the Brainerd Lakes area, including Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission, Womens Center, Central Lakes College, and First Congregational Church
- faith communities in the Twin Cities

ASDIC also is part of the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, see www.overcomingracism.org.

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

On a long-term basis, participants will demonstrate increased knowledge about white supremacy and systemic racism, more appropriate emotional responsiveness, more accurate perspective-taking, richer relationships across racio-ethnic boundaries, improved skills for interrupting racist patterns of behavior, stronger self-identification with racial justice, and increased antiracist community efforts.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

We will report the number of participants and the racio-ethnic backgrounds of those who participated in the project. ASDIC uses two evaluation tools, the results of which will also be provided. One is an evaluation form each participant completes at the conclusion of an ASDIC Circle or other program. The second is an on-going longitudinal study of the impact of ASDIC measuring nine variables.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

Attendance records will be used to gather information regarding the number of participants and their racio-ethnic backgrounds.

At the close of each program, participants will complete an evaluation form rating the usefulness of the program.

A professionally-designed long-term longitudinal survey will be given to participants in long-term ASDIC Circles.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

The ASDIC program aspires to create a learning community among all its participants - staff and program participants alike. We hope that our shared study, dialogue and action will bring us all to new understandings of the underlying dynamics of racism and that, through our shared commitments, we will create an alternative social reality that is able to produce transformative change in our society

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

Fifty percent.

Documentation

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

Individual donations, In-kind donations, Foundations, Businesses, Earned revenue, Local government, Other (please specify).

Other

Academic institutions (colleges, universities, seminaries); Faith communities and other non-profit organizations

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The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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