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Somerset County's Human Services Department has traditionally delivered monthly content to Human Services professionals and residents to empower a community of professionals and citizens with a variety of timely topics to help make a world of difference. Traditionally, these workshops have been held live, but due to COVID-19, we have moved to a Zoom platform with the added benefit of recording content to share.

July 27, 2020 Dismantling the Racism Machine with Dr. Karen Gaffney

Based on her book, Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, Dr. Karen Gaffney leads this month’s timely workshop which will focus on two core myths that white people are taught that contribute to the persistence of white supremacy. This workshop explored:
1) Why are these myths dangerous, and how do they perpetuate systemic racism and racial violence today?

2) What strategies can we use to debunk these myths, and how can we develop an anti-racist mindset?

Resources for you!

Dr. Gaffney’s website with a specific Human Services Academy webpage to include her Powerpoint slides books, articles, films, videos and podcasts: https://dividednolonger.com/dismantling-the-racism-machine-workshop-for-human-services-academy-of-somerset-county/

As an added bonus, here are some additional resources provided by the Rutgers School of Social Work’s including ways to get involved: RUTGERS SSW RESOURCES

 Click on Dr. Gaffney (below) for the recording presentation:

Dismantling Racism

JUNE 22, 2020. Are You a SOGIE Champion?

In celebration of Pride Month, the Human Services Academy focuses this month's curriculum on supporting our LGBTQIA community, particularly focusing on youth.  This webinar will take you on a deep dive into the world of LGBTQIA terminology and best practices and will leave you with tangible next steps for building a safe and inclusive space at your agency, school or workplace.

This workshop is presented by Dr. Stacy Robustelli from HiTOPS who guides us on our journey to become better allies and Danielle King, Patient Navigator from RWJ's Babs Siperstein PROUD Center in Somerville, who shares her own personal challenges and some resources she provides for her clients to round out the conversation. This presentation is designed for all youth-serving professionals such as teachers, school administrators, police and parole officers, Prosecutor’s Office personnel, mental health professionals, policy advocates, social workers, library staff, family members who wish to begin their journey in understanding LGBTQIA+ identities.

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