PRIME: Undoing Racism™ Community Organizing Workshop


“[This workshop] will help me look more critically at how we go about building relationships with the communities we work with.” – Workshop Participant

This workshop is a program of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist collective of organizers and educators for social change.

It is designed to educate, challenge and empower people to dismantle the racist structures that hinder effective social change. It provides participants a common definition and language for examining racism in the US with its historical context.

For a complete list of workshop objectives, see page 37 of the PRIME Guide for Public Health Professionals.

Format and Content

This 16-hour training includes the five phases listed in table below. Content should be adapted for an organization’s own setting and context. The recommended size is 30-40 participants per workshop.


Workshop Phases
Establish a spirit of engagement for the group
Push participants to recognize their socialization
Guide participants in creating a visual to anchor discussion of community dynamics
Move group members from a more class-focused conversation to one about race
Guide group in identifying institutional imposition of its values and culture on the community it serves; begin strategic planning for institutional and individual transformation

Evaluation Process and Findings

Staff showed increases in 10 of 11 competencies after this training.  For details of our findings, view the complete report. Also see pages 110 to 119 of the PRIME Guide for Public Health Professionals for the pre-post evaluation tool and follow up focus group materials.

Lessons learned -

  • Have a strategy for communicating next steps to provide staff with timely opportunities to process what they learn
  • Provide participants with tools to help them apply the workshop concepts in their work