Racial Equity Online Training – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Racial Equity Online (REO) Training Series is based on our philosophy of People, Policy and Practice:

  • People entail a celebration of the individual narrative, in all the creative forms we show up in the world, affirming community narratives, organizational identities and offering opportunities for folks to come together in a shared learning space to make important connections, establish new relationships and deepen existing ones.
  • Policy entails introducing particular programs, policies or tools to participants to help advance their individual and organizational knowledge of the history and practice of racial equity. We primarily invite guest speakers to facilitate and illustrate this particular goal of each REO training.
  • Practice entail offering opportunities for participants to reflect on and/or practice applying the tools acquired during the training sessions to their work and personal development. We achieve this through follow ups and offering technical assistance to participating organizations and their teams.

Presenter Bio:

Tsione Wolde-Michael is a Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the Division of Political History. She first joined the Smithsonian in 2011 as part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture where she worked on inaugural exhibitions, including the landmark show Slavery and Freedom. Tsione’s experience in the field of cultural heritage has included cutting-edge work on the Slave Wrecks Project, advancing program objectives in Mozambique as they pertained to community engagement, re-interpretation of colonial collections, and historic preservation of first-known objects recovered from underwater slave ship wrecks. She also served as the lead content developer for the Global Curatorial Project – a traveling show that brings together scholars and museum professionals from around the world to tell a global history of slavery. Beyond her work abroad, Tsione’s experience extends to digital media and online exhibitions, writing for academic publications, teaching, and lecturing around the country. Tsione holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Macalester College where she was a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She earned her M.A. at Harvard University in History, where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the same field. She has received fellowships and awards for her research from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education among other institutions.
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