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College of Charleston North, 3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston, SC
Monday, November 18, 2019, 9am – 5pm

“We first brought the Racial Equity Institute (REI), nationally recognized for helping communities address institutional racism, to Charleston in January 2017 with seven supportive partners. With feedback overwhelmingly positive, we brought back REI’s Phase I workshop eight times in 2017 and the first nine months of 2018, and introduced the first REI Phase II workshop in March 2018.

Organizations sponsor board members, executives, staff, or volunteers to attend, or individuals attend on their own. Each come away with dramatically changed worldviews and tools to address racism in their own communities and lives. (Organizations, click here to sign up and pay online.)

Held from 9 AM to 5 PM on two consecutive weekdays at the College of Charleston’s North Charleston campus at 3800 Paramount Drive, each workshop is led by REI facilitators and is designed to help local leaders proactively understand and address racism in their communities, workplaces, and personal lives.

​Participants come away from REI’s Phase I workshops with:

l    A mutual understanding of how US history has contributed to inequitable systems and organizations
l    A stronger, more informed vocabulary to use when discussing issues of race and ethnicity
l    A foundation for understanding and addressing racism
l    A launching pad for questions regarding their own organizations

Participants come away from REI’s Phase II workshops with:

l    Ways to reframe problems and determine solutions using a racial equity lens
l    A new way of thinking based on an “analysis before action” model
l    Practice using a time-honored “trial and error” approach
l    Confidence to take greater risks to change entrenched patterns of institutional practices

If desired, Racial Equity Institute workshop participants also enjoy access to racial / ethnic affinity groups offering people of similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds a chance to discuss issues they’ve experienced as someone with that background, presenting a powerful environment for honesty, understanding, cooperative learning, and planning. These groups typically meet separately on a monthly basis and combine with other groups for a quarterly meeting; some groups may meet online on a private website”

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