Dismantle Racism in Our Institutions SOCM is committed to the journey of becoming an anti-‐racist organization. Recognizing our interdependence, SOCM is committed to overcoming social and institutional racism and embracing our diverse cultures.
“Because of a history of over 500 years of racism in this country, every institution and organization in our society, including SOCM, has been infiltrated by racism. We cannot fulfill our mission as an organization without addressing institutionalized racism.” SOCM Board of Directors SOCM’s vision for the future is to create a diverse anti-‐racist organization composed of people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and religions working together, in total trust, openly and freely, with shared multi-‐racial leadership. This multi-‐racial power will be used to create an organization and a state where everyone has a voice, is united, and feels safe to be a full participant. SOCM has been involved in anti-‐racism work for nearly 20 years. We deepened our commitment to this work in 2003 when the SOCM Board officially passed a mandate that brought the Anti-‐Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) into existence. Anti-‐racism work brings strength to SOCM as it helps us fulfill our mission to empower all Tennesseans to have a greater voice in their future. The ART Team is primarily focused on training SOCM members on current forms of institutional racism, equipping t hem to address racism, and preventing racism from happening in our organization. This work is carried out in SOCM in the form of racial identity caucusing, one-‐on-‐ one conversations with members, and continued awareness raising through articles in the newsletter and films and dialogues at SOCM membership events.
The goal of the “internal” organizational work of ARTT is to develop a deeper racial analysis of the organization in order to more clearly understand and identify the areas of needed internal change in order for SOCM to continue along a pathway to becoming an authentic anti-‐racist organization. For instance, ARTT members analyze SOCM’s written documents as well as the organization’s unwritten and informal structure and “ways of being.” The goal of such an analysis is to honestly and constructively approach the question of how SOCM knowingly or unknowingly perpetuates a system that impedes our growth as an anti-‐ racist organization. For more information or to join the ART Team, contact Executive Director Amelia Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Knoxville office at 865-‐249-‐7488.