Knowing Who You Are
(KWYA) is a workshop that provides a framework for participants to identify and explore racial and ethnic identity and to understand how one's race and ethnicity impacts personal and professional interactions. KWYA is an essential component of Alaska CASA’s initiative to increase the cultural competency of our volunteer advocacy.
KWYA is also embedded into OCS practice as an ongoing effort to address racial disproportionality in the child welfare system and is a required training for all Protective Services Specialists.
The KWYA curriculum was created by Casey Family Programs (CFP). As of December 2015 CFP officially 'retired' KWYA. While this on the surface might sound alarming, it has created a wonderful opportunity for Alaska to adapt the curriculum to be more Alaska focused.
Also in December, CFP sponsored a face-to-face meeting for the KWYA Alaska Steering Committee with a representative from CFP. The committee developed a work plan regarding all aspects of KWYA and how Alaska plans to sustain it. The hope is that another face-to-face meeting can occur so the Steering Committee can review the KWYA curriculum and make Alaska specific adaptations including developing an alternative to the e-learning platform.
On average 12 KWYA workshops are held each year.
2017 KWYA Workshops Schedule Coming Soon