RACE TALKS Facilitator Training

Thank you for your interest in participating in the RACE TALKS facilitator training. The training is completely free and the application process is open to all (prior experience was preferred but not mandatory), so please encourage others to apply.
The application deadline is September 28, 2018 at 11:59pm.

About the Training:

The facilitator training is weekend intensive beginning on a Friday evening from 6pm-9pm; continuing on Saturday, 8:30am-5pm, and finishing on Sunday, 8:30am-5pm. There are three training cohorts with space for 15 participants each. Five spaces in each cohort are reserved for Youth participants, ages 17-24. The training will be offered on three different weekends. In the application you’ll be asked to indicate your training date preferences and we’ll do our best to match you with your top date preference. The dates are:

  • October 26 – 28, 2018
  • November 2 – 4, 2018
  • January 25 – 27, 2018

Basic facilitation and mediation practices is preferred, but not mandatory. The training will consist of important traits for facilitators, tangible skills for facilitation, and knowledge, framework, and theories for successful facilitation.

The training is free to you. In return, we ask for a one year commitment to facilitate one RACE TALKS dialogue per month for one year. You can fulfill this by participating as a facilitator at our monthly RACE TALKS or facilitate your own monthly group. Whatever you decide, we will offer support to you for the year.

RACE TALKS offers a unique monthly space for community members to convene on a shared topic of interest, listen to panel experts, and engage in discussion about the topic and encouragement to get actively involved with organizations that work with the topic presented. The topics and discussions always focus on RACE, and how the issues of racism, equity, and inclusion are present or absent. Applicants must possess experience in basic facilitation and mediation practices.


Information you provide will assist the Training Team in helping you gain the skills and knowledge to enable you to embark on your journey to becoming a certified RACE TALKS Dialogue Facilitator.

We encourage you to complete the application online.

If an online submission is not possible, please download, fill out, print, and mail your registration to RACE TALKS, P.O. BOX 28011, Portland, OR 97228.

Selection Process:

Spots are limited. Only 45 applicants will be selected. Applicants are selected through a double blind selection process:

  1. First, substantive answers will be read anonymously
  2. Next, substantive answers will be reviewed with corresponding demographic information to ensure cohorts’ diversity of ethnicity, gender, age, ability, etc.



If you have any questions in completing this form, contact Shaina Pomerantz at 510-595-7277 (vm or text) or (email) racetalks01@gmail.com.