ACRC’s Initiative to Create a Shared Vision for Racial Equity within Child Serving Systems and Organizations

                             May 6th

                            May 7th

“Turning the Mirror Inward”


Joyce James, LMSW-AP is the owner and lead consultant in Joyce James Consulting (JJC) is a nationally recognized expert on addressing racial inequity, social justice, and system transformations. With a professional career spanning more than three decades, JJC provides training, data analysis, leadership development, community engagement support, and technical assistance to community-based organizations, non- and for-profit organizations, systems, and institutions at various levels, in both the public and private sectors.

JJC has demonstrated expertise and success in supporting goals and objectives to reduce and eliminate disproportionality and disparities in child welfare, education, health, housing, juvenile and criminal justice systems. JJC provides a wide range of services focused on undoing institutional and structural racism designed to support increased awareness and strengthen capacity of systems and community leaders, as well as grassroots organizers to plan strategies that address institutional and structural racism. Previous mixed methodology, cross-sectional study of pre/ post-test and participant evaluations following JJC racial equity training, consistently indicate significant shifts in participant thinking, and increased awareness about racism as the underlying cause of racial inequities and disparities. Analysis of surveys and evaluations also show favorable shifts towards the development of a racial equity lens, as evidenced by participants written feedback.

JJC uses a series of workshops,  facilitated small and large group discussions, the highly effective Groundwater Analysis, Community Engagement Model, and Texas Model for Addressing Disproportionality and Disparities, to assist individuals within systems, institutions, and communities in developing a common understanding, language, and definition to guide new, innovation, and collective approaches that reduce racial inequities and improve outcomes for all populations.



One Day Workshop – May 6th or 7th


$190 Single Registration/$500 3 Staff Registration 


In the absence of a racial equity lens, well-meaning leaders often continue to unconsciously contribute to sustaining and often perpetuating institutional and structural racism, leading to racial inequities in the design and delivery of programs and services. This workshop will increase awareness and elevate the consciousness of the participants by building a common language and understanding of racism, as the underlying factor that contributes to racial inequities in all helping systems. This increased knowledge can be a catalyst for developing strategies to build more effective programs, strengthening community partnerships, and for beginning the journey towards transformation of all systems to better understand and respond to the needs of all populations.

The facilitators are skilled in creating a safe space for participants to discuss institutional and structural racism in the historical and current context, in a way that that holds us accountable for “turning the mirror inward” to examine systemic, rather than individual factors contributing to poor outcomes. JJC will introduce the Groundwater Analysis of racial inequities.

The following observations are presented and discussed in the workshop:

  • Racial Inequities looks the same across systems
  • Systems contribute significantly to racial inequities
  • System level disparities cannot be explained by a few bad apples
  • Poor outcomes are concentrated in poor communities and communities of color
  • Systemic interventions, and training can work to increase understanding of the manifestations of racism, reduce disproportionality and disparities, and improve overall outcomes for all populations

More specifically, the workshop will:

  • Help participants to develop a common language and understanding that increases knowledge of institutional racism as being at the core of racial inequities
  • Engage participants in activities and facilitate dialogue designed to increase awareness and elevate level of consciousness to begin to recognize the relationships that exists among various helping systems, and the often-disparate outcomes produced for the same vulnerable populations
  • Increase understanding of the oppressive nature of systems using a power analysis to examine systems and ways in which they exclude, exploit, underserve, and oppress poor communities and communities of color
  • Increase understanding of the importance of cross systems collaborations and being in partnership with poor communities and communities of color to remove the barriers that contribute to racial inequities
  • Increase capacity of participants to have a common understanding and vision to implement strategies for sustainable improvement that benefit the target population and improves outcomes for all.


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Training 1 May 6th


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Training 2 May 7th


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