Alamance County Racial Equity Collaborative (ACRE Co-lab)
Impact Alamance is partnering with NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad to launch the Alamance County Racial Equity Collaborative (ACRE Co-lab). This program aims to develop Alamance County leaders and professionals into inclusive leaders skilled with the knowledge and tools necessary to create inclusive and equitable workplaces and communities. The training series will be conducted by Executive Director, Ivan Canada, and Program Director, Michael Robinson. Each session is designed to help participants explore concepts through a head, heart, and hand approach while also analyzing personal, organizational and community impact.
The Alamance County Race Equity Collaborative (ACRE Co-lab) is an 7-month experience that will bring together a diverse array of local leaders, directors, board members for an equity cohort program intended to provide:
- opportunities for organizations to begin conversations around examining their internal processes, working towards adopting an equity lens, and changing community behaviors.
- interactive and engaging sessions focused on both personal and professional knowledge on identity and institutional inequities.
- a network of leaders that will support each other through the 7-month series, with the goal of continued support and partnerships between community members and other agencies after the completion of the program.
- restorative circle groups to provide opportunities to process readings and experiences.
The 2022 cohort of the ACRE Co-Lab will meet 1 day a month, in-person. Each session will be held from 9am-3pm. We aim to deliver a program that is meaningful and impactful, and are confident that participants and organizations will have increased knowledge, understanding and tools on diversity, equity, and inclusion as a result. To note, we will continue to monitor Covid-19 and alter structures when needed in efforts to keep our participants safe.
2022 Session Dates and Topics
|*Orientation: August 3 – 4:00-6:00pm||Group Norming/Introductions/Learning Edges and Stretch Goals|
|Session 1: August 17||Identity, Unconscious Bias, and Culture|
|Session 2: September 21||Racial Disparities in Alamance County|
|Session 3: October 19||Pt. 1 Race and Racism|
|Session 4: November 2||Pt. 2 Race and Racism|
|Holiday Break||No Programming|
|Session 5: January 18||This Land, My Land, Our Land: History of Alamance County|
|Session 6: February 15||Pt. 1 Centering and Making Your Commitment to Equity in Your Organization|
|Session 7: March 15||Pt. 2 Centering and Making Your Commitment to Equity in Your Organization|
*Orientation is MANDATORY on August 3rd from 4pm-6pm. This session will help create a foundation for community learning and expectations for the program.
- Must be able to attend the program in its entirety.
- Mid-level managers/directors/staff members.
- Current/previous professional and/or volunteer leadership experience.
- Interested in having tough conversations and “doing the work” in efforts to learn, build connections, and create workplaces and communities that are more equitable and inclusive.
Application and Selection Process:
- Submit the application and responses to the short answer questions by May 25, 2022 by 5pm.
- Applicants will be notified of selections by June 8, 2021.
- Candidates may be nominated by their employers, by an organization in which they serve as volunteer leaders or they may nominate themselves.
- 25 candidates working in Alamance County will be selected. We will select a diverse group of traditional and non-traditional leaders with the capacity to influence others and with an interest in enhancing their personal involvement in our community will be selected to participate in the program. Previous study of race and racism is not a pre-requisite of this program. Please know that we will place great importance on the diversity of the class, so depending on your particular demographics you may be placed on a waiting list or considered for a future class.
- The Ideal ACRE Cohort Member is someone that:
- Is willing to share their perspective openly and honestly
- Desires to build connections
- Respects the thoughts and feelings of others
- Values relationships
- Practices open-mindedness, empathetic and compassionate communication
- Embraces learning and being challenged
- Can commit to the entire process
For questions, please contact Sydney Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org