Racial Equity Training Workshops

We'd like to introduce you to Racial Equity Training, delivered by Deconstructing Racism from Charlotte. The training is designed to build the capacity of leaders to understand and positively impact racial inequities and disparities in our community. This two-day workshop will help participants better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving away from a focus on personal bigotry and bias, this workshop presents a historical, cultural, and structural analysis of racism, helping all of us to find a more common and authentic narrative about race in Rowan County and the United States. Racial Equity Training is intended for those who want to dismantle racism. It has found tremendous success in communities across North Carolina and the country by providing information, analysis, and conversation that helps participants gain clarity about the historical roots and modern-day manifestations of racial inequity. Why? So that we can more honestly address the challenges of institutional racism in our own community. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants should leave the training better equipped to begin work for change.

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Our Learning Environment

Racial Equity Training workshops include interactive lectures, group learning activities, and guided discussion. The two-day workshops hosted by Racial Equity Rowan are held in the Aymer Center, a well-equipped comfortable meeting and dining facility on the campus of Hood Theological Seminary at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28147. Because of funding support from donors in our local community, we offer a tiered fee structure.  For Corporate Organizations in Rowan County the participant workshop fee is $225. For individuals living or working in Rowan the fee is $175 and for individuals living outside of Rowan County the fee is $225. (Contact us for scholarship consideration if financial assistance is required to register.)  The workshop includes beverages, morning and afternoon snacks plus a full lunch for both of the two days. You are encouraged to take notes and asked to bring your own pen and paper or e-tablet.
During the ongoing pandemic, we will follow COVID-19 safety protocols with social distancing and mandatory masks.  We strongly encourage full vaccination prior to attendance.

Our Process

Dismantling personal and systemic racism cannot be accomplished by attending one workshop. We encourage participants to actively engage in our learning (and unlearning) process.


Attend the Deconstructing Racism two-day Workshop

Workshop led by Deconstructing Racism trainers


Invited to Attend 3 Follow-Up Sessions

Discussion sessions are offered at no additional cost and are led by Racial Equity Rowan Team members in order to foster solidarity and encourage action.

Session #1 | Debrief of workshop impact
(within 2 weeks of workshop)

Session #2 | Vision, opportunities & strategies for changes
(within 4 weeks of workshop)

Session #3 | Encouragement for steps taken & sharing of ideas (within 12 weeks of workshop)


Participate in Monthly Discussions

We continue encouraging solidarity, growth, and action through monthly forum discussions and idea sharing with other workshop participants.  Forum details will be sent to workshop alumni via our newsletter.

Upcoming Workshops

Deconstructing Racism 2-Day Workshop

December 2 -3, 2021
During the ongoing pandemic, we will follow COVID-19 safety protocols with social distancing and mandatory masks. We strongly encourage full vaccination prior to attendance.  We will hold the workshop virtually via Zoom if local health officials so advise.

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Sign-up to receive information about upcoming workshops

We are now holding workshops and have four planned for 2022 scheduled for March 24 - 25, May 26 - 27, and November 17 - 18.  We will be following COVID-19 safety guidelines and may need to offer the workshop virtually.  You can sign up now to receive workshop information as soon as we release it!

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