Racial Justice Teach-In Series, Part I:
Racism and Racial Justice

What we learned:

Too often we talk in terms of interpersonal kindness or rudeness when we discuss racism. This session will made the distinction between structural racism and interpersonal conflicts related to race. We also learned a common vocabulary for talking about racism and developing a shared understand of what Racism is and how Racial Justice can counter it.

Trainer: Jessica Vazquez Torres

Jessica Vazquez Torres is an Organizer/Trainer with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.A native of Puerto Rico, Jessica identifies as a “1.5 generation Queer ESL Latina of Puerto Rican descent.” From 1999 until the Spring of 2006 Jessica worked in the Office of [Racial] Reconciliation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, IN. From 2006 to 2008 she worked as National Religious Outreach Coordinator with Interfaith Worker Justice, and from 2008 to 2010 as Director of Master Level Recruitment and Admissions at McCormick Theological Seminary (both in Chicago, IL). Currently, Jessica is working on a Masters of Theological Studies at the Chandler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. When not studying she works as a consultant and core/organizer trainer for Crossroads. Rev. Vazquez Torres holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.


Powerpoint Slides

If you are interested in additional training opportunities with Jessica Vazquez Torres, connect with her at Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.

Check below to see what we learned on parts 2 and 3!

Part 2 – What we learned:

  • the meaning and impact of white privilege and internalized dominance



Part 3 – What we learned:

  • Strategies and tools for working together to integrate racial justice measures into our ministries.
  • The experiences of pastors who have helped lead their congregations in taking action for racial justice.