Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is Academics for Black Survival and Wellness: Healing in Action? If I participated in the training before, is this for me?
A: The 2020 Academics for Black Survival and Wellness events were a success and we appreciate everyone who participated in the original training and the "rewind and remix"! However, we know that this work goes beyond last summer. We heard the requests for more time with the 2020 training materials. We also knew we had additional content that we could offer to facilitate growth and accountability for non-Black academics and support wellness for Black academics. Our 2-week conference-style anti-racism training and Black wellness events will have something for ALL participants, new and returning.
Q: I really want to access the 2020 Anti-Racism Training. How can I access that content?
A: We heard you all and are happy to offer access to the 2020 original A4BL training and the "rewind and remix" sessions.
The 2020 A4BL training covers seven core topics:
1. Foundations for Black Liberation
2. Understanding Anti-Black Racism
3. Appropriately Applying Intersectionality
4. White Terrorism and Black Resistance
5. Whiteness in Academia
6. Practicing Black Allyship
7. Committing to Black Liberation
Access to the 2020 training materials starts on June 1st and access can be purchased until July 3rd. Participants will have access to the materials through the Whova app for 6 months after July 3rd. All of the 2020 training sessions and materials can be found under June 18th on the Whova agenda (the day before the 2021 A4BL kickoff) because this is technically a pre-conference offering.
Q: Why is A4BL using Whova this year? How does Whova work?
A: This year, we are using a conference style. Whova is a conference management app that allows us to create multiple tracks, upload documents, integrate with Zoom, and much more. Whova also provides the opportunity for participants to network and connect with each other. The Whova conference page and agenda for the 2021 A4BL tracks will be available on June 14th. For those who purchased access to the 2020 anti-racism training, the content will be available via the Whova app on June 1st. Be sure to set up a Whova account and download the mobile or desktop app prior to the aforementioned dates. The materials from A4BL will be accessible for 6 months after July 3rd. For more information about Whova, please see the Whova Attendee User Guide and the Whova How-to Guide for Attendees.
Q: When can I access the materials for the tracks that I registered for?
A: The Whova conference page and agenda for the 2021 A4BL tracks will be available on June 14th and events begin on Juneteenth. For those who purchased access to the 2020 Anti-Racism Training content, the content will be available via the Whova app on June 1st. Be sure to set up a Whova account and download the mobile or desktop app prior to the aforementioned dates.
Q: I want to participate as many days as possible, but have various personal and professional commitments. Should I register for 2021 A4BL anyway and join as I am able, or not register at all?
A: We understand that many participants may be balancing various roles, and we're glad that, despite that, you're considering committing to this initiative! We encourage participants to reflect on their many obligations and make decisions that are congruent with their values, roles, and commitments. We believe that this reflection is important and will provide clarity as individuals make personal decisions about what to attend and why.
Q: I am confused about the purpose of the accountability group.
A: Please check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FVHiKilmq0&feature=youtu.be
Q: I am confused about the purpose of Liberation Bootcamp.
A: This year, participants will have the opportunity to work with other participants on a specific action and/or initiative that supports Black liberation. An example of a project that was developed to support Black liberation is the BIPOC Liberation from Psychiatric Harm Project. Please check out this letter describing the impetus for the project. During the A4BL Liberation bootcamp, this team will provide programming and resources to educate and intervene against this particular form of violence that traumatizes BIPOC, and especially Black folx.
Q: I would like my department or organization to go through this training together. How can I set that up?
Do not see your question?
1. We encourage you to problem solve in community with other participants and view the Whova Guide for Attendees.
2. If you still have a question, please complete our contact form.