New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

TEEN Racial Justice Curriculum AND MORE!

Lisa Graustein has written an amazing curriculum for teens about racial justice. 

"The purpose of this curriculum is to help young people sort out the many messages they get about race, racism, and white privilege, and to support these young people in becoming more effective forces for racial justice and racial healing in their lives." 

  • ten 45-minute classes (or as five 1 and a half-hour sessions,)

  • designed to work in both all-white groups and groups that may have one or two youth of color

  • will work for adults too!

perfect for Friend's Meetings!


"Many diversity programs focus on helping those with privilege to understand their privilege, and on helping those who have experienced discrimination to share the pain of such experiences — and end the program’s work there. While both these exercises are important, I hope this curriculum will help participants to move beyond the recognition of privilege and the sharing of pain and hurt, towards invested reflection, analysis, and action. "

  • Sessions 1 & 2: Self & Society 
    • explain how I exist as both an individual and member of different groups within the context of US society.
    •  name and claim both my ethnic and racial identities.
    • identify aspects of my ethnic and racial identity, group history, and culture that I am proud of.
    •  identify questions and feelings that I have about race, racism, and racial justice.
  • Sessions 3 & 4: Framing, Naming & Explaining
    • explore and agree upon language used to name and describe race, ethnicity, and racism.
    •  examine the origins and supporters of stereotypes about many different racial and ethnic groups.
    •  evaluate our “racial diet” and sources of information.
    • develop questions about the racial composition, climate, and culture of our community
  • Sessions 5 & 6: How We Got Here
    •  identify some of the key points in the history of our community OR Quakerism that led to our current place and race relations.
    • learn from our elders about their experiences.
    • identify members of our community OR Friends who actively resisted racism and worked for racial justice 
  • Sessions 7 & 8: White Privilege & Racism Today
    • identify the ways in which white privilege and racism impact our daily lives.
    • identify the manifestations of white privilege and racism in our meeting, schools, and community.
    • connect to resources within our meeting, schools, and communities that address white privilege and racism.
  • Sessions 9 & 10: Interrupting Racism & White Privilege
    • practice ways of interrupting racism and white privilege as we encounter them in our lives.
    • develop an action plan for a change I will make in my life to become a more effective ally for racial justice.
    • support each other in our personal plans.
    • name the gifts that each person brings to racial justice work.

are you a white person unsure about how to talk with other white people about racism?

access a very infomative essay with this link -- White People Talking to White People: 


If you would like to bring Lisa to your Meeting to lead a program, contact her directly. You can learn more Beyond Diversity 101 Workshop offerings at http://www.beyonddiversity101.org

access her whole curriculum here:

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

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