Training and Technical Assistance
Ujima works to increase the capacity of Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grantees, domestic violence coalitions and networks, domestic violence programs, local, state, and federal government agencies, community-based programs, practitioners, researchers; and policymakers regarding family, domestic, and dating violence in the Black community. Ujima provides ongoing technical assistance to these groups both on-site and virtually, via telephone and e-mail.
There is currently a shortage of targeted, culturally-specific services for Black survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Ujima identifies and provides trainings on subject areas that are in high demand as a means to increase services for and to this diverse group of people. Remaining true to the principals of Ujima, trainings are designed by and for the communities they serve.
Ujima also culturally-specific regional trainings across the country to develop a learning community and offer opportunities to build peer-mentoring relationships in local communities.
Training topics include, but are not limited to:
- Engaging Men and Boys
- Addressing DV/SA at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Addressing DV/SA in the Immigrant Community
- Bystander Intervention
- Serving the LGBTQ Community
Four Part Training Series
Workshop I: Riding the Wave: Bias to Equity
The illusion of a cultural competency workshop is that it fosters the notion that you can “get it,” by taking a 2-hour course. This workshop seeks to de-mystify some of the language and variances related to culture. We will explore together the role that culture, ethnicity, and race have in shaping people’s lives and lived experiences. We will also explore the impact that bias and prejudice have in shaping those experiences as well, especially for survivors.
Workshop II: “She’s Too Strong:” Understanding the Intersections of Misogynoir, Domestic Violence, and Victimization
This workshop will underscore the ways in which historical trauma and institutionalized/systemic racism have impacted Black women and girls. Workshop participants will delve into IPV and other forms of intersecting violence and examine how these multiple layers of violence impact and shape Black women’s and girls’ realities. Workshop participants will also explore and potentially critique both long-held and current narratives around Black women and girls, violence, and trauma, and the impact that these narratives have on survivors’ help-seeking abilities, strategies, and socialization.
Workshop III: “Anger, Sadness, and the In-Between”: Exploring Trauma Reactions as a Means to Reframe Narratives about Black Woman Survivors
This workshop will explore the many varied and legitimate trauma reactions that survivors may experience and the ways in which advocates can better identify trauma reactions and provide support to survivors. By delving into the dynamics of polyvictimization, secondary trauma, and trauma-informed care, advocates will gain a fuller understanding of not only why survivors “do what they do” but also how and when secondary trauma impacts advocates.
Workshop IV: Show Up For Us: A Conversation on Allyship, Advocacy, and Anti-Oppression Principles
This final workshop will investigate advocacy fundamentals, the implications of micro-aggressions, the impact of performative allyship, and ways in which to challenge the status quo by implementing anti-oppression principles into your work. This workshop will provide space to explore potential policy revisions, rules, or common practices that have not benefited Black women survivors in the ways in which they may have been intended.