Core Community Racial Justice Trainings

AAJIL’s Core Trainings are for EVERYONE. We offer them in order to equip you with histories and critical frameworks that can deepen the work of antiracism in your lives and in your communities.


This is a three-level program, with Fundamentals designed for people who care about racial justice but feel like they are just starting out on their journeys. Foundations is for those who are further along but who could use a deeper dive— this level focuses on aspects of systemic racism that ideologies of whiteness strategically invisibilize: the function of Asian racializations and oppressions within a white-dominant societal complex built upon anti-Indigenous and anti-Black infrastructures.


Fundamentals and Foundations together aim to show why all of us need to know both our own histories as well as the histories of communities who don’t look like us. They represent our beliefs and values as an organization and are the foundation for organizing emergent community-led labs for mutual care, community-building, collaboration, and innovation.


Formations is the third level of our core trainings program that focuses on a small cohort of community lab organizers who emerge from the Foundations level. Formations offers them a unique community leadership development program that is built upon emergent strategy, decolonial values, and an ethics of solidarity.

1. Fundamentals

Connecting Histories: Collective Stories

August 9, 2021 • 5-7pm PST

In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to different historical and political formations of the Asian American identity. In this session, through dialogue and group interaction, participants will connect their own personal histories to larger themes in the AAPI experience.

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Connecting Histories: Social Identities

August 16, 2021 • 5-7pm PST

This session will explore Asian American identity formations, with participants reflecting on their intersecting social identities, while analyzing consequences of stereotypes and bias.

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2. Foundations

History of “Asian American” Identity

September 13, 2021 • 5-7pm PST

This session explores the origin and history of “Asian American”

identity, both as a racial construct and as a political movement, as well as the origin of the model minority myth and its function within white supremacy.

Institutional Racism

September 13, 2021 • 5-7pm PST

This session takes a deep dive into understanding systemic

racism, with a focus on institutional racism as the historical engine

of global “modernity.”

Coloniality, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy

September 13, 2021 • 5-7pm PST

This session unpacks the connections between global histories of

settler colonialism, militarization, and capitalism with anti-Blackness

and white supremacy.

3. Formations


Following the annual racial justice training series, AAJIL provides an 8-month community leadership development  program for the cohort of volunteers who step up to lead our community labs and clubs for the year. Leaders will receive a certificate of honor upon graduating from our Formations program.


Our sessions cover:

  • Power and Purpose

  • The Cycle of Liberation

  • Emergent Strategy

  • A Decolonial Guide

  • Creating Defining Moments

  • The Non-profit Industrial Complex

  • Designing a Community Lab

  • Facilitation Training

  • Connection and Support