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Announcing DEEP’s Racial Equity & Environment Workshop Series

The DEEP Collaborative, in collaboration with the Durham Environmental Coalition, is pleased to announce its four-part workshop series on Racial Equity and the Environment sponsored by the Burt’s Bees Foundation and the Nicholas School of the Environment, as well as Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, and Triangle Land Conservancy. Please join us.

Overview. The DEEP Collaborative, in collaboration with the Durham Environmental Coalition (DEC) is offering two cohorts of a four-part workshop series for environmental, education, and JEDI focused organizations. These on-line, interactive workshops (1.5 hrs each) will include participatory dialogue and case studies, as we:

  • Expand and develop language and a common set of terms to talk about race and racialized oppression.
  • Learn how systems of racialized oppression operate at multiple scales, including individual, institutional, and systematic scales.
  • Understand the ways that racialized oppression has affected our own community, especially in terms of environmental justice.
  • Develop strategies on how their organizations can fight environmental injustice in our own communities.
  • Draw correlations between the history of race (in America) and city planning related to the natural environment.

Paul James of Lighthouse Strategy Consulting will serve as the workshop series facilitator. Funding for this workshop has generously been provided by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and The Burt’s Bees Foundation, as well as Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, and Triangle Land Conservancy, allowing us to offer this series free of charge to participants.

Application Prioritization. We accept applications primarily from Durham-Chapel Hill organizations and individuals. While we welcome applications from individuals, priority will be given to organizations committing to participating in the series in groups of 3-6 people. We strongly encourage you to consider representing the full diversity of your organization when creating your group. Moreover, we require that each participant commit to attending all 4 workshops. The workshops are meant to build on each other.

Workshop Dates/Time/Location. 10:30am-12pm (morning cohort) and 1pm-2:30pm (afternoon cohort) on Tuesdays, January 19, February 2, 16, and March 2, 2021. Online via Zoom.

  • Tuesday, January 19 – introduction to racial equity
  • Tuesday, February 2 – introduction to environmental justice
  • Tuesday, February 16 – case studies exploring race and environmental justice in Durham
  • Tuesday, March 2 – case studies and planning ways to incorporate racial equity and address environmental injustice through the lens of your organization or work.

Application. Apply here by Friday, November 20 at 5pm.

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