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(Virtual) Interrupting Racism for Children

The IARCA Institute is proud to present Interrupting Racism for Children. IRFC moves individuals from awareness to action to stop racism in its tracks, creating a future where children thrive, and race does not predict their life outcomes.

This interactive workshop will help participants understand and interrupt their implicit bias, gain an in-depth understanding of the definition and history of racism, as well as insight into the power they have to make changes in their personal and professional lives to Interrupt Racism for Children now. Further, this two-day workshop will take a deep dive into how poverty and racism intersect, how we disempower ourselves and communities, an intrapersonal understanding on the way racism damages us all and a vision to restore our human solidarity.  This workshop will give participants tools they can begin using immediately and is facilitated by Child Advocates.  

Disproportionality has long been evident in the child welfare system. In Marion County, black children represent 11% of the child population; however, they represent 40.9% of children in the child welfare system compared to white children who represent 71% of the child population and only 46.7% of children in the system (Child Advocates Children in Need of Services Data, 2018).  Interrupting Racism for Children (IRFC) has a powerful impact on how we all can take action to address racism in our community immediately. 

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the history of race and racism in Indiana.
  • Participants will better understand how racism affects the Indiana child welfare community.
  • Participants will acquire tools for disrupting this crisis.

Please note: This highly interactive session will be presented in Zoom Meeting format. Particpants will be required to actively participate each day of the session with both audio and video enabled.


Dr. Arlene Coleman is a native of Indianapolis, IN. She currently serves as an Undoing Racism Project Coordinator for Child Advocates. Arlene recently retired from Ivy Tech Community College’s School of Education Department where she served as an Associate Professor. Dr. Coleman spent thirty-one years as a secondary teacher and administrator in the public school system. Arlene has dedicated her life’s work to social/racial justice work. Her community engagement includes: St. Luke's United Methodist Church Racial Justice Member, Spirit and Place Community Conversations on Race Facilitator, NAACP - Life Member, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Member, Association for the Study of Africa American Life and History (ASALH) National Conference Volunteer and Undoing Racism Participant in Training to become a facilitator. Dr. Coleman received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences, her Masters of Science from IUPUI in Secondary Administration and her Doctoral Degree from Indiana State University in Educational Leadership and Administrative Foundations. Throughout her educational career she has received numerous awards and recognitions. Arlene is the proud mother of two daughters and three granddaughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music and traveling.

Laura Rinderknecht is the Intervention and Professional Development Specialist in a suburban school district, near Indianapolis, Indiana. Laura supports the district in special education and equity by providing training and coaching for teachers. She is a leader on the district's Equity and Inclusion Team working to create identity safe spaces for ALL students, preschool through high school. Laura is also a member of Indianapolis Showing Up for Racial Justice (Indy SURJ), a cohort of white folks calling in other white folks into the racial equity movement. She has her Master's in Education from the University of Toledo. She has visited over 100 countries and has salsa danced in at least half of them.

Ruth Purcell-Jones is a developer of organizations, teams, boards, and people. She has worked as a consultant, coach, connector, and facilitator for over 25 years. Her clients appreciate her experience in leadership, personal and program development, coalition-building, and governance. She is a frequent trainer for Child Advocates’ Interrupting Racism workshops and is currently serving as Executive Director of the Arthur Dean Foundation. A life-long resident of Indianapolis, Ruthie has held program, management and leadership positions in various organizational settings including community foundation, county government, child welfare and community leadership in addition to continuing an active consulting practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a law degree and cherishes her time with her husband and four grown children.



June 10th-11th, 2021, 9 AM- 4:00 PM ET


Zoom details will be sent prior to the event


Registration & Payment
Wednesday, June 9th 2021, at 4:00pm


Heather Adebayo


Child Advocates


Members: $100
Non-Members: $150

Warning: This training seminar is past the signup deadline! Please e-mail hadebayo@iarca.org to sign up for the waitlist.