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REC Summer Institutes

At the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), we view the ability to cope with racial stress as a matter of skill, not character or morality. Dr. Howard Stevenson’s annual Summer Racial Literacy Institute seeks to increase racial literacy—the ability to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful social interactions—in our participants. The more we practice the skills of racial literacy, the more competent we become in navigating racially stressful encounters across various social contexts. The Racial Literacy Institute will be held this August from the 5th through the 8th.

The training is designed for superintendents, administrators, teachers, and students (as well as others from the not-for-profit sector) who engage with racial conflicts that all too often occur in schools. Most schools fail to act on racial microaggressions because the stress of negotiating such conflicts is extremely high. Stress affects thoughts, feelings, body reactions, relationships, and actions. Racial discourse is so stressful physically, physiologically, and intellectually that instead of facing conflict directly, educators and school leaders perpetuate a set of avoidance and coping strategies.

A healthier approach is to cultivate racial literacy by means of storytelling, journaling, relaxation, debating, and role playing. By reducing teachers’ and school leaders’ racial stress, we believe schools will be able to provide learning environments in which students of color thrive.

Attendees will learn:

  • A model that applies culturally relevant behavioral stress management strategies to address racial stress in schools and elsewhere.
  • Workable solutions for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Measurable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the K-12 curriculum and teacher/faculty/staff professional development.
  • Teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive school environment for all students.

Training Dates:

August 5 – 8, 2019



30 South 15th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Payment Structures/Logistics

Individual Rates: $800/person  

Cohort Rate: $700/person for groups of 4 or more

  • Applicable to schools or organizations sending more than 4 participants 
  • We are interested in and believe that becoming racially literate with a partner or within a cohort provides some semblance of insurance that the work will continue and gain traction when you return to your school and workplace.  
  • Cohort should include school administrators, educators and students
  • Preferably, no more than 3 students per cohort  

We believe that becoming racially literate within a cohort provides some semblance of insurance that the work will continue and gain traction. Cohort should include at least 4 participants including, school administrators, educators and students. Preferably, no more than 3 students per cohort.

Discounted Rate: $700

  • If you have completed a REC or Lion’s Story Racial Literacy training, or have been referred by someone in your organization/school then you may qualify for a discounted rate. 
  • Please provide verification of your training participation upon registration 
  • Register Here