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 nonprofit and government 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. 


Program Benefits 

The Alamance County Race Equity Collaborative (ACRE Co-lab) is an 8-month experience that will bring together a diverse array of local nonprofit leaders, government directors and board members for an equity cohort program intended to provide: 

  • opportunities for executive directors, board members, and staff 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 8-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. 


Program Structure 

In efforts to keep participants safe and do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the 2021 cohort of the ACRE Co-Lab will be held virtually. Despite these challenges, 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. Moreover, to ensure we holding space that acknowledges the fatigue of online learning and the needs of participants, each workshop will be structured as follows: 

Day 1: 2:00-4:00pm

Day 2: 9:00-11:00am 

*Orientation on April 15th will be from 3:00-5:30pm, and sessions in September will be held on Wednesday and Friday. 

2021 Session Dates and Topics 
April 15th (Mandatory) 


Group Norming/Introductions/Learning Edges and Stretch Goals
April 27th & 29th  Identity, Concentric Circles, Unconscious Bias
May 18th & 20th Culture and Socialization
June 22nd & 24th Power and Privilege
July – Summer Break No Programming
August 24th & 26th Race and Racism Pt1: The New Frontier
September 22nd & 24th Race and Racism Pt2: The New Frontier
October 26th and 28th This Land, My Land, Our Land: History of Alamance County
November 16th & 18th  What’s Race Got To Do With It? Institutional Inequities in Alamance County
December 7th and 9th  Centering and Making Your Commitment to Equity in Your Organization
  • Priority will be given to mid-level managers/directors/senior staff members. With at least 1 year of work experience in your current workplace or 5 years previous professional work experience 
  • Executive directors/city/county managers would be eligible no matter how long they’ve been with their current organization 
  • Current/previous professional and/or volunteer leadership experience 
  • Must be able to attend the virtual program in its entirety*


Application and Selection Process:
  • Submit the application and responses to the short answer questions by March 10, 2021 by 5pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of selections by March 22, 2021. 
  • Candidates may be nominated by their employers, by an organization in which they serve as volunteer leaders or they may nominate themselves. 
  • 30 candidates working in Alamance County nonprofits and governmental entities 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

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