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Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government

Friday, March 4th from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Chapel Hill Public Library (directions)

Advancing Racial Equity will provide an introduction to the role, challenges, responsibilities and opportunities for government to advance racial equity in North Carolina.

The workshop will also include an overview of shared terminology and use of racial equity tools that can be used in decisions relating to policies, practices, programs and budget. Well focus on national best practices. We know government must transform if we are to achieve racial equity in our communities. Within our cities and counties, we must normalize racial equity as a key value, operationalize racial equity via new policies and institutional practice, and organize, both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community.

The workshop will be led by:

There will be time to strategize with local partners and co-sponsors on opportunities to eliminate inequities in housing, transportation, public health, education, criminal justice, and jobs

Our panel with government and community leaders will include:

  • Mickey Fearn (Moderator) – Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University and former City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager
  • Elizabeth Thornton Trosch, District Court Judge and Captain Pete Davis, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department – Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
  • Tye Hunter and James Williams – Anti-Biased Policing Workgroup (Orange County)
  • Campaign for Racial Equity – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Thank you to our co-sponsors Race Matters for Juvenile Justice, Organizing Against Racism-Orange County (OAR-OC), and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation for financial support.

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Advancing Racial Equity: Expanding Knowledge and Organizing for Actions

February 17th from 6 to 8 pm at the Discovery Room, Science Museum of Minnesota (directions)

Please join your colleagues, friends and neighbors at the Advancing Racial Equity Speaker Series. The topic will be “Advancing Racial Equity: Expanding Knowledge and Organizing for Actions”.

The event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and the program will be from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. You will be able to explore the “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit before and after the program, and light refreshments will be available.

The program will feature:

  • Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Director of Community Engagement at the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Diana Falchuk, Deputy Director of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) and project manager of an organizing effort in Seattle that used the “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit to educate and organize actions to advance racial equity in Seattle, and
  • Benita Horn, a community leader in Seattle who worked with Diana and RSJI to train over a hundred facilitators to work with a broad swath of organizations to visit the exhibit, participate in facilitated dialogues and make commitments to take action.

Advancing Racial Equity Speaker Series events are open to everyone, so please share this information broadly!

Register for February Speaker Series

Using the “Race: Are We So Different?” Exhibit for Facilitated Conversations About Advancing Racial Equity

Diana and Benita will offer a “train-the-trainer” session for people who would like to facilitate organized pre- and post-exhibit discussions. The exhibit is an incredible opportunity to educate and share information, AND can also be used to increase organizational commitments to taking action to advance racial equity.

The train-the-trainer session will be in Saint Paul on February 17th from 9am to 4pm.

Additional logistical information will be provided upon registration. Registration is required

Register for Train-the-Trainer Session

If you have any questions about either of these events, please contact Julie Nelson at or (206) 816-5104.

Watch: Contracting for Equity (Webinar)

Missed our webinar? Watch Contracting For Equity: Best Local Government Practices online

Contracting for Equity

The webinar featured the release of our recent issue paper, and best practices from Seattle and Minneapolis.  

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[Job Opening] Work for Racial Equity in Seattle!

Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter, Department of Human Resources, City of Seattle  – This new position will develop and implement a new recruiting program that eliminates barriers for applicants and builds strong relationships with all communities in Seattle.

The Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter will leverage partnerships with internal stakeholders to work toward the goal of eliminating disparity and ensuring that equity is realized within City employment and that all roles are filled by top performing professionals who accurately reflect the population they serve.
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