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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Executive University: Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Presentation

Start Date: 10/14/2021 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 10/14/2021 12:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virtual on Zoom

MD  United States 

Organization Name: MLA/MD State Library

Ryan O'Grady
Email: mlaexec@mdlib.org
Phone: (410) 947-5090

Sponsor: MLA/MD State Library

In this three-hour virtual webinar, Racial Equity Institute organizers will use data and stories 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 most find immediately helpful and relevant. The Groundwater metaphor is designed to help practitioners at all levels 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. Embracing these truths helps leaders confront the reality that all our systems, institutions, and outcomes emanate from the racial hierarchy, on which the United States was built. In other words, we have a “groundwater” problem, and we need “groundwater” solutions. Starting from there, we begin to unlock transformative change.

Training is presented in webinar format and is intended for Directors and Associate Directors. Registrants will receive an email from REI containing a unique zoom link for the training. This is a high-value, limited seat opportunity with registration capped at 100 participants.

Update 10/6/2021: Expanded registration note. As there is room, please consider inviting additional staff members to register for this presentation. Examples might include staff who work in marketing/outreach, data coordinators, programming and services supervisors, HR, or public service administrators.

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This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act Administered by the Maryland State Library.