RISE Educational Trainings
RISE’s workshops are designed to empower sports administrators, coaches, and athletes to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity. These experiential workshops, typically 60 to 90 minutes in duration, provide participants with a safe environment to learn about diversity and inclusion related concepts and how they can be champions of change to improve race relations and eliminate racial discrimination and social injustices.
US Lacrosse is presenting five workshops, free of charge, in the coming months.
Diversity Concepts – March 24 – 6 p.m. (ET)
Participants explore definitions of key terms related to race and diversity, questions they may have about these concepts and how these terms are socially constructed. Examples of terms defined in the workshops include diversity, inclusion, racism, anti-racism and equality vs. equity.
Bias – April 28 – 6 p.m. (ET)
Participants explore their own values, assumptions and stereotypes. Activities help them recognize their own biases related to race, ethnicity, religion, gender and class. They discuss where their biases may come from, why they are important to address and strategies for addressing them.
Privilege & Power – June 30 – 6 p.m. (ET)
Participants engage in activities to explore their own privilege. They are led through discussions about how privilege provides one with power and identify tangible ways to positively use that power. They also discuss intersections between race, racism and privilege, including white privilege.
Sport as a Vehicle for Change – August 25 – 6 p.m. (ET)
Participants explore current and historic moments where sports and social justice intersect and examine the various forms of contemporary athlete activism. Through discussion they identify ways to use their platforms to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.
Community Building – October 27 – 6 p.m. (ET)
Participants discuss the importance of community building and the elements and ingredients involved in the process -- like trust, respect and teamwork. Inclusion is emphasized, including how effective community building must consider race and racism. Participants also explore the roles they and others can play and discuss how sports can support community building.
WE STAND Partnership
US Lacrosse is proud to work with Nation United Foundation (NUF), Black Lacrosse Alliance, and other stakeholders in the lacrosse community in supporting the WE STAND initiative, an effort aimed at promoting anti-harassment and anti-racism in sports.