Black Excellence MMSD Thriving Through Adversity Workshop Series

"Thriving Through Adversity" is a collection of Urban Triage, Inc.-led workshops focused around a bold approach to supporting and advocating for Black families.

In partnership with Madison Metropolitan School District Black Excellence Think Tank and Urban Triage, we are proud to present Thriving Through Adversity, a collection of workshops focused around a bold approach to supporting and advocating for black families in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

In April 2019, the Black Excellence Think Tank was challenged with the task of creating a new, safer, and engaging space for Black families. One of the initial community partners to step up to the challenge was Urban Triage, Inc. At Urban Triage, we began to do expansive research around what resources and workshops would best engage and support Black families.

Amid the planning and piloting, the world as we knew it changed forever. COVID-19 hit and the population affected the most was our Black families. To support families through the pandemic, Urban Triage shifted its focus to create supports specific to the needs of Black families created by COVID-19. We began to ask what the world would look like for our families after the pandemic. Would the job market be the same? Would our children need additional supports? What would the “new normal” look like? How could we support our families to Thrive Through Adversity?

In response to these questions, Urban Triage will be hosting a number of workshops in the upcoming weeks to help provide the answers.

Urban Triage, Inc. Thriving Through Adversity Workshop Series:


Mentally Preparing for Job Searches During COVID-19

Day after day our families are fighting to stay afloat amidst the pandemic and on top of all of that, the job market has continued to dwindle. In this workshop we will focus on helping families look to the future and manage the stress around possibly having to change careers due the pandemic. Families are encouraged to attend whether they are seeking new employment are simply desiring to improve their current resumes for advancement after the height of the pandemic.


Work Readiness Workshop - Hosted by ULGM

Are you currently looking for work during the pandemic or considering re-entering the workforce? Join us for a workshop that will focus on preparing families to re-enter the workforce. Topics will include Virtual Job Fairs and Trainings, Resume Writing, and Creating the Perfect Cover Letter.


Holding Ourselves, So That We Can Hold Others: Exploring Contemplative Practices by and for Community Advocates of Color

As community advocates of color, we have to keep our light on in order to keep doing the same for others. We must be able to use our love to redirect our attention, in the present moment, non judgmentally, and to find our joy. I ask us all - what can WE do, NOW, to fight for our lives and to hold ourselves in this moment.


Taking back the Treasures of my "No No Box”: Preventing Child Abuse in and out of the Home

In this workshop we will define Black Excellence through the lens of knowledge is power and how do we empower our children about ownership of their own bodies. It is said that 3 out of 4 young women and 1 out of 5 young men will be molested before the age of 17. Most of the time, families are only educated around what to do after something happens. However, what if I told you that 95% of abuse is preventable through education? Let’s empower our community and protect our children!

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