The Michigan Department of Education is launching Cohort 3 of Phase 2 of The African American Student Initiative (TAASI): Race, Power, and Privilege: Dismantling Through Dialogue. Schools are invited to participate in this 6-session professional learning opportunity.

Cultural proficiency is about learning to respect our own and other’s identities, celebrating cultural differences, mitigating marginalization, disparities, and disproportionality, while systemically integrating behavior that establishes standards for practice that promote cultural diversity, equity and inclusion.

Outcomes for Phase 2:

  • To use cultural proficiency to understand and change the dialogue of race, power, and privilege in schools and districts;
  • To intentionally increase reflective practices during the decision-making process that promote sustainable, positive, and equitable changes in schools and districts; and
  • To share, dialogue, and learn with one another about our unique truths and perspectives about race, power, and privilege in schools and districts.


  • Who: School level teams of three or four people (i.e., building leadership, teacher/teacher leader, counselor, nurse, parent/family liaison, etc.). Please note that superintendent support is required at the time of application.
  • Cost: Registration is free for schools that are one of the listed as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support (ATS). All other registrants will be required to pay a fee of $20 per person per session. FREE SCECHs included.

East Lansing locations and dates

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Eagle Eye Golf & Banquet Center, 15500 Chandler Road, East Lansing, MI 48823; lunch is included.

  • September 18: Dismantling Systems of Oppression
  • October 16: Power and Positionality
  • November 6: Macro- and Micro-Aggressions
  • December 11: Intersectionality of Identities
  • January 15: White Supremacy in Schools
  • February 19: A Historical Look at Detroit and Surrounding Cities
  • March 4: Family and Community Engagement
  • May 13: Editorial of Educational Policies

School principal/leader or district superintendent consent is required for participation. Click below to complete the application form, which is required for participation.


For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Saunders via email or at (517) 241-9566 or Dr. Jill Griffin via email or at (517) 335-3064.