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Frequently Asked Questions


How do the Learning Circles on Race work?

Beginning in May, groups of 6-10 community members will meet (virtually) over the course of 5 weeks, led by a trained community member. Learning Circle members will explore their individual understandings of racism and identify opportunities for personal and community accountability.  You can select your Learning Circle on Race to work with your schedule and interests.

How are Learning Circles on Race formed?

Learning Circle Facilitators can invite folks from their network to join their group, or we will match community members with a Learning Circle that aligns with their schedule and interests. 

How are Learning Circle Facilitators trained?

The Learning Circle on Race Facilitation Training is led by three trainers, is highly interactive, and will include 20-30 Montclair community members. 
The training includes three evening trainings and two check-ins, and concludes with a community-wide closing event. Through the trainings, community members will develop a shared vocabulary of racial literacy, engage in the inner work of racial reflection, and learn strategies for facilitating others in this work. Just as important as the content is the process of creating relationships -  community members will build a connection with other Learning Circle on Race Facilitators, and turn to each other for ideas and support throughout the program. 

What do I need to be a good Learning Circle on Race Facilitator?
You do not need any prior knowledge or experience to be a Facilitator.  What you need are:

  • The belief you have more to learn about yourself and race.
  • The desire to be in community with others to do this work.
  • The willingness to be tolerant of other people’s vulnerability as the