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Session 2: DEEP/DEC Race, Power & Privilege Workshop Series

Description: In this session, we focused on how to establish, build, and nurture equitable partnerships with Black and Brown led organizations. The goal was to help create a foundation for majority White and/or White-led organizations to cultivate these partnerships in a way that does not do harm to Black and Brown led organizations.


  • Reflect on what we heard in session one and what has stuck with us
  • Discuss challenges, fears, past mistakes that are keeping us, individually and collectively, from building authentic relationships with Black/Brown-led organizations. 
  • Guided activities for organizations to brainstorm future activities that build trust and add value

Overview. The DEEP/DEC workshop series on Race, Power, and Partnership. supported by Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, Burt’s Bees, and the Triangle Community Foundation met for it’s first session of the Fall workshop series on September 20, 2022 at the Forest History Society.

Shemecka McNeil from SLICE365 is served as a co-organizer (and panelist and providing food!) along with L.A. David-Durante, Rickie White with Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Marcia Mandel with New Hope Audubon, Nicolette Cagle from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Tania Dautlick and Princess Musafa from Keep Durham Beautiful, Margaret Sands from the Triangle Land Conservancy and Sarah Guidi from Triangle Community Foundation.
Thanks to CJ Broderick at The Equity Paradigm for facilitating!

Thank you to everyone who is here including the Duke Forest team with Sara DiBacco Childs and Sarah P. Duke Gardens team and Michelle Louise Jones and more.

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