Racial Equity Institute's A Groundwater Approach - Intro to Race Equity
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a half-day Groundwater seminarwith the Racial Equity Institute. This highly sought after series is a 3-hour introduction to racial equity.
In this virtual presentation, REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.
"The training provided by the Racial Equity Institute is truly life changing. Their explanation for the causes and consequences of institutional racism are compelling and convincing. This training is vitally important for our community's leaders in both the public and private sectors." - Bill Ingram, Past President, Durham Technical Community College
Space is limited for this virtual event so register today!
Thank you to the Racial Equity Institute for allowing us to offer this training below their normal prices for both members and non-members, and to those who can pay for supporting some spaces for those who cannot.
About Racial Equity Institute:
The Racial Equity Institute (REI) is an alliance of trainers and organizers, established in 2007, that is committed to bringing awareness and analysis to the root causes of racial disparities and disproportionality to create racially equitable organizations and systems. Even fifty years after significant civil rights’ gains, the impact of race continues to shape the outcomes of all institutions, including churches. REI trainers and organizers help organizations develop tools and processes to challenge patterns of institutional power and to grow institutional equity. Our approach has a movement orientation, always focused on organizing toward institutional change with equitable and just outcomes for people of color. We recognize many intersecting
oppressions, but our belief is that racism is the glue that connects all oppressions, and thus our focus is on racism and the injustices that stem from racialized history and belief systems that are reflected in American culture and institutions.
Our theory of change is based on the following five assumptions and observations:
1. Racial inequity in the United States looks the same across systems.
2. Systems contribute significantly to disparities.
3. Systemic interventions and training can work to change thinking, reduce disparities, and improve outcomes for all populations.
4. We have powerful racial narratives in this country that have not changed, even as laws and policies have changed. Dismantling racism requires changing persistent racial narratives.
5. Change requires long-term commitment.