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Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Training

February 21, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


What is the Groundwater Approach?

The groundwater metaphor is designed to help practitioners at all levels internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society, and that is what causes racial inequity. With this in mind, the groundwater metaphor shifts the focus away from the view of racism as personal bigotry and bias and to a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism. Participants will leave the training with an understanding of how systems produce unjust and inequitable outcomes, and will thus be better prepared to work for change. The groundwater metaphor is based on three observations:

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

This workshop will consist of a beginning informational session and a subsequent discussion session. Lunch will be provided. Register here.

Join us to collectively work for change by participating with us. All are welcome.

This event is a collaboration between the Dan River Region Health Collaborative’s Health Equity Task Force, the Dan River Nonprofit Network, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Southside, and the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness.


February 21, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Dan River Nonprofit Network
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Community Room, First Baptist Church
871 Main St.
Danville, VA 24541 United States
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