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Racial Equity & Homelessness

Racial Equity & Homelessness

This 5-week online course examines the intersection of racism and homelessness in the United States. Throughout the course, Jeff and Marc will offer insights on understanding the impact that institutional racism has on the current homelessness crisis. Participants will develp an understanding of how racism and homelessness intersect and obtain strategies for making positive change in their organizations and communities. During this course, attendees will cultivate the skills necessary to have productive conversations about race within their social circles, their agencies, and the wider community. The course will be highly interactive and will include guest lecturers, panel discussions, and small group activities. 


Meet the instructors:

Jeff OlivetJeff Olivet is a national leader on homelessness, poverty, affordable housing, behavioral health, public health, and HIV. He has been a street outreach worker, case manager, housing director, coalition builder, writer, teacher, and activist. His work with hundreds of organizations across the United States and internationally has helped to improve strategic planning, organizational management, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Jeff is a recognized expert in bringing innovative technologies and solutions to complex social problems. Jeff received a B.A. from University of Alabama and a M.A. from Boston College.


Marc DonesMarc Dones is a leader in equity-based systems transformation and Director of SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities). Marc's work has focused on transforming service delivery systems to better care for vulnerable populations. Previously, Marc worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services designing and implementing program and policy responses for youth experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ communities facing health inequities. 



  • Week 1: What do we mean, and how do we mean it? Developing a common set of definitions and frameworks
  • Week 2: Understanding the Intersections of Racism and Homelessness
  • Week 3: A Brief History of Housing Segregation and Discrimination
  • Week 4: "From Color Blind to Color Cognizant": How to Have Courageous Conversations about Race
  • Week 5: What Can You Do? How to Stand Against Racism at the Individual, Agency, and Community Levels



Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all five, live webcasts, completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 6 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.



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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.