june 2020

16jun1:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedGroundwater Presentation

Event Details

Groundwater Presentation

Tuesday, June 16    |    1:00–4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

*EVENT IS FULL*. Registration is CLOSED.

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CBFNC has partnered with the Racial Equity Institute to offer its “Groundwater Presentation” as a virtual experience (originally scheduled as part of the Annual Gathering in March that was cancelled.).  In this three-hour lively and participatory presentation, REI organizers will use stories and data 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 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.


Cost is $10 per person.  The presentation will be conducted using Zoom.


(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm