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Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Presentation

Dates: 

July 16, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
July 16, 2020
1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
July 17, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
July 17, 2020
1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

In this virtual webinar, 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 Groundwater metaphor is designed to help practitioners at all levels internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society, and that that is what causes racial inequity. The metaphor is based on three observations:

  1. racial inequity looks the same across systems, 
  2. socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity; and,
  3. inequities are caused by systems, regardless of people’s culture or behavior. 

Embracing these truths helps leaders confront the reality that all our systems, institutions, and outcomes emanate from the racial hierarchy, on which the United States was built. In other words, we have a “groundwater” problem, and we need “groundwater” solutions. Starting from there, we begin to unlock transformative change.

Download the flyer for this virtual event here.

If you have questions about this virtual webinar, please contact Wanda Legrand at wlegrand@racialequityinstitute.org.

Registration fee: 

$200

Partners: 

REI