Community of Practice – “Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor… [And] who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (http://wengertrayner.com4-2-2015)
Racial Healing – is reaching a point of mutual commitment to affirming the humanity of each individual and engaging in a sustained commitment to dismantling the structure of racism and oppression. Simply put, racial healing means addressing the fundamental beliefs that give permission for racist structures to exist and capturing the genuine motivation to do the work that sustains change.
Racial Equity – is the condition that would be attained if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.
Racial Structures – For our purposes, Racial Structures are the result of the conscious or unconscious acceptance of legitimizations of attitudes, beliefs, practices, policies, and/or institutions that advantage Whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes from people of color.
Reflective Listening – For our purposes, Reflective Listening is a communication strategy involving two key steps: seeking to understand a speaker’s idea, then offering the idea back to the speaker, to confirm the idea has been understood correctly.