Weekends with the Racial Equity Institute: A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity



A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity is an interactive presentation on the nature and impact of structural racism and what it looks like across institutions. We examine narratives around racial disproportionality and make use of compelling evidence to illustrate the systemic nature of racism and the fallacy of typical explanations like poverty, education, social class, individual behavior, or cultural attributes that often get associated with particular racial groups. Before addressing racial inequity or perceived acts of discrimination or oppression it is critically important to understand what institutional racism looks like and the devastating impact it wields on our nation’s people, economy and social institutions. The Groundwater Approach teaches how to use data to measure the systemic impact of racism and to track institutional change.

This workshop will be presented by the Racial Equity Institute.


Choose from these four dates:

Friday, June 12
Monday, June 15
Friday, June 26
Monday, June 29



The Groundwater Approach workshop is designed to help participants internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society and that it is our racially structured society that creates racial disparate outcomes in all institutions. The sessions are a total of three hours and will run from 9:00 am until Noon.


Presentation Outline

A Groundwater Approach: The case for a structural approach

  1. Racial inequity looks the same across systems
  2. Socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity
  3. Inequities are caused by systems, regardless of people’s cultures or behavior
  4. Origins: Some thoughts on how we got here



This program is sponsored by the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program.


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We invite you to register for the Inclusive Classrooms Annual Symposium: Understanding and Addressing Structural Racism that is being offered via Zoom on June 8-9, 2020. You can access the registration link by clicking here Inclusive Classrooms Registration






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