Racial Equity Phase I (Formerly known as Dismantling Racism)
Racial Equity Phase I is a two-day, intensive workshop designed to build the capacity of educators, health practitioners, child welfare advocates, judicial officers, elected officials, law enforcement officers and other community leaders who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities, disparities, and disproportionality within the Mecklenburg community. The curricula provides talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. It also supports organizational and community leaders develop a common race analysis and foundational vocabulary. This workshop connects the dots between the origins of race in the early construction of America to today’s current systemic racial inequities across our nation.
The Racial Equity Institute (R.E.I.), headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, facilitates the workshops in Charlotte for RMJJ. The R.E.I. trainers are highly-skilled organizers who travel across the country offering this racial analysis.
Racial Equity workshops are scheduled monthly throughout the year. Each workshop averages 40 multidisciplinary attendees that represent everyday citizens, community and faith leaders, and representatives from systems such as Mecklenburg County Courts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Department of Social Services (DSS)/Youth and Family Services (YFS), North Carolina Department of Public Safety, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), Guardian Ad Litem and many others. From 2013-2017, RMJJ has held over 60 workshops and trained over 2,000 individuals.
Many community and organizational leaders have knocked on our doors requesting seating.
RMJJ has successfully organized a core group of fifty-seven (57) institutions and community partners to participate in the workshops during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Open seating is not currently available. However, we seek to offer support to all members of the community seeking to build their knowledge and capacity. RMJJ will proudly sponsor a citywide conference in October 2017 and a series of community educational events beginning in January 2018! Please continue to check our website for upcoming dates and additional information.