540WMain Launches Membership Program for Antiracism Education in Team Environments

540WMain is pleased to announce the launch of an organizational membership program, providing essential social and racial justice training for team environments. This membership is open to organizations of any size and scope and provides virtual learning to the entire team enrolled, whether it be staff, board, student body, or members. 

This education includes access to over 50 community classes rooted in social justice and antiracism annually; topics include dismantling structural racism, responding to microaggressions, addressing implicit bias, and more. Enrolled organizations pay a monthly membership fee to allow their entire team unlimited access to these class offerings, which change in content on a monthly basis. 

This program was piloted in the Fall of 2020 with Nazareth College’s Partners for Learning and Partners for Serving programs to give students increased opportunities for hands-on learning and community resources without the barriers of cost and transportation. Nazareth student Nancy Garcia found the program to be impactful, stating “the 540WMain workshops have served not only as a resource with information on various topics such as nonprofit work and American anti-racist history, but also as a connect to the Rochester community.” 

“the 540WMain workshops have served not only as a resource with information on various topics such as nonprofit work and American anti-racist history, but also as a connect to the Rochester community.” 

Nancy Garcia, Nazareth Student

Creating more ways for local organizations to commit to antiracism work has been a long-time vision for 540WMain Executive Director, Calvin Eaton. Eaton believes this launch is needed at this pivotal time in our history, “so many organizations are looking for tangible ways to educate their teams on the side effects of structural and institutional racism. We want to provide ways they can take antiracist action in their everyday lives. This model will make 540’s programming accessible to community members in Rochester and beyond that might not otherwise have access to it.”

“so many organizations are looking for tangible ways to educate their teams on the side effects of structural and institutional racism. We want to provide ways they can take antiracist action in their everyday lives.”

Calvin Eaton, 540 Founding Director

Interested parties can explore membership levels at patreon.com/540wmain or by emailing us at info540westmain@gmail.com.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Calvin, I’ve passed this on to the racism groups we run – all leaders. Hope you’re well, Frank

    Frank Staropoli 585-734-2960 Website: staropoli.com Blog: A White Guy in Rochester

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