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The Groundwater Approach: A Racial Equity Workshop

Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism


Jul 10, 2024 - Jul 10, 2024


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.




The Racial Equity Institute

As part of its ongoing work to advance racial equity throughout the region, The Foundation is offering free community access to The Groundwater Approach, a racial equity workshop that builds an understanding of systemic racism and racial disparities through data and historical analysis.

The Groundwater metaphor is designed to help people 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:

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

The workshop is provided by the Racial Equity Institute, a national alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders devoted to creating racially equitable organizations and systems.
Note: Workshop sessions are NOT recorded.

    Past sessions held in 2024:
    February 28, 2024
    April 24, 2024
    June 5, 2024
    July 10, 2024

    Please check back for additional dates to come in 2024.

    Questions? Please contact Carmen Burgos.

    From the Racial Equity Institute:

    The Groundwater presentation is a three-hour introduction to racial equity. In this virtual presentation, organizers from the Racial Equity Institute 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 many find immediately helpful and relevant.

    "I deepened my understanding of inequity, which is a core responsibility of everyone as a human."

    — previous workshop attendee