ID Talks – Let’s talk about (anti)racism!


7 September – 2 November 2022 | Online (Zoom) , Belgium – FL

ID Talks is a series of 5 stand-alone online events (workshops) of up to 90 minutes each, with inspiring guest speakers, thought-provoking insights, discussion in small groups and Q&A sessions.

The motto of the European Union is: ‘United in diversity’ and the Commission’s EU Anti-racism Action Plan for 2020-2025 aims to step up action against racism and achieve a Union of Equality. Research has shown that racism has wide-reaching negative effects on individuals, families, communities, and entire societies. Racism has an impact in areas you may not have considered including healthcare, education, employment, and housing.

Then why is the struggle for racial equality not over, and seems that it is just starting now in many places through important, big movements, like “Black Lives Matter”? What is (anti-)racism and how can YOUth work address it is an important question that we want to tackle with the ID Talks.

Anti-racism is a process of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to challenge racism and actively change the policies, behaviours, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions. Anti-racism is rooted in action. It is about taking steps to eliminate racism at the individual, institutional, and structural levels. It is not a new concept, but the Black Lives Matter movement has helped increase the focus on the importance of anti-racism. Anti-racism requires looking at your own beliefs and actions critically.

SALTO Inclusion & Diversity Resources Centre offers a series of ID Talks under the motto “Let’s talk about (anti)racism” as a space for reflection and putting our own, social and organisational attitudes, beliefs and practices under the magnifying glass, to create a better understanding the power structures and dynamics, to analyse the roots and mechanisms of the racial discrimination, as welll as to examine our own biases and powers as professionals. 

ID Talks is a series of 5 online workshops on 5 major topics to form a general understanding of (anti)racism and its link to quality youth work. It features youth workers, professionals and volunteers, from all over the world to share insights, research findings, food for thought, good practices or inspirational stories. They will guide participants through the pressing matters and challenges affecting (anti)racism and inspire them to make their programmes and organisations more inclusive, embrace human differences, look ahead and picture how the future of youth work and Inclusion & Diversity might be.

Each workshop begins with the input from a guest speaker. After, participants have the opportunity to engage in the discussion, ask questions, and share about their own realities and experiences.


Every other Wednesday, at 13h CET, from 7 September until 2 November. 

7 September (13h CET) > ID Talks Everyday’ s Racism: For many young people, facing racism is a daily struggle, affecting their wellbeing and mental health. Explore with us how racism affects health, housing, education, employment, political representation and many other not so obvious aspects of daily life. What are the main challenges and why can youth work be the answer? Guest speaker: Mohammad Omar, Municipality of Sundsvall & Vision24, Sweden

21 September (13h CET) > ID Talks Combating Racism: Several EU policies and national instruments are in place to combat racism. But do you know about them? Come and discover how institutional and policy tools to combat racism can help your work at grass-root level. And is there space for personal stories in combating racism at policy level? Guest speaker: Cătălina Olteanu, Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination, Romania

5 October (13h CET) > ID Talks Invisible Racism: Racism is often hidden behind closed doors. Hate speech, fake news, lack of critical thinking contribute to new forms of racism. How can youth work address this invisible racism? Learn about good practices from the field and join this important and urgent mission. Guest speaker: Balint Jósa, United against racism

19 October (13h CET) > ID Talks Intersectionality & Racism: What if you don’t only have a minority ethnicity, but also a disability, a different religion or sexual orientation… Multiple discrimination makes it more challenging to defend your rights. We zoom in on the intersectionality between disability and race, and where you can find support and inspiration for activism. Ready to challenge discrimination and racism and its negative personal and professional impact? The talk will have international sign interpretation! Guest speaker: Lydia Gratis, Saved by the sign & EU Youth Deaf Association, Ireland 

2 November (13h CET) > ID Talks Practising Anti-Racism: Find out how EU youth programmes provide opportunities and formats for anti-racism youth work. Come and learn from the existing experiences. We give you tips and tricks you can use in your youth work practice locally and internationally. Find out how you can make best use of youth work to promote and practise anti-racism. Guest speaker: Miriam Petra Ómarsdóttir Awad, Erasmus+: Youth in action National Agency, Iceland

For whom?

Youth workers, youth leaders, professionals, and volunteers involved in ID in the EU youth programmes, as well as all those interested in youth work and Inclusion & Diversity topics.

Main objectives:

  • To provide food for thought and learn from inspirational ID stories; 
  • To provide an opportunity learn about ID topics from the youth work sector and beyond;
  • To get information, inspiration, methods to help the youth sector address ID;
  • To inform about and contribute to quality (international) youth work;
  • To identify and learn how to tackle existing and future challenges within ID;

Register here

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IMPORTANT NOTE: although there is a deadline, it’s always possible to register at any time for the sessions that will still take place.

All registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting a week before each session takes place.

More information at: SALTO