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Racial Equity Rowan was established in 2019 as a partner of the Racial Equity Institute (REI). In our own community, we recognize that racism is a fierce, ever-present force that has structured the behavior and actions of our institutions and people for centuries, negatively impacting health, social, educational, and criminal justice outcomes. We formed RE Rowan to support the good work already going on in Rowan County around racial equity and create a platform for further anti-racism work to thrive.

Our goal is to welcome the community into a safe place for tough conversation around the issue of race, carefully exploring its history and impact. We’ve partnered with REI to bring their nationally recognized, two-day workshops to Hood Seminary, each led by highly skilled and carefully trained facilitators. After each workshop, follow-up conversations will help participants process, wrestle with, and, if so moved, integrate what they have learned.

Want to learn more or register for an upcoming workshop? This website is the best place to start. 

Racial Equity Institute

Racial Equity Institute (REI) is a North Carolina-based nonprofit that seeks to empower communities as they address systemic issues of inequality based on race. REI's model of dismantling racism is rooted in workshops designed to address the historical nature of racism and its current vestiges.

Learn more about REI

Racial Equity Rowan Advisory Team

Our Advisory Team is comprised of Rowan County leaders, who are dedicated to actively dismantling racism in our community.

Lane Bailey

City Manager, Salisbury

The Rev. Dr.
Robert Black

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Salisbury

April Kuhn

Assistant Superintendent of Advancement, Rowan Salisbury Schools

The Rev. Dr.
Vergel Lattimore

President, Hood Theological Seminary
(AME Zion Church)

Ed Norvell

Lawyer, Philanthropist, Community Organizer

Mark Ritchie

Spiritual Director, Consultant to
Non-Profit Organizations

The Rev. Dr.
Rhodes Woolly

St. John's Lutheran Church, Salisbury