Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Plus Training Available Sept. 5 and Oct. 2

Two hands of different races hold a string of paper cutouts of people in different colors, from light to dark.

Two hands of different races hold a string of paper cutouts of people in different colors, from light to dark. Racine County residents are invited to participate in the virtual Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Plus Training, courtesy of United Way of Racine County, Higher Expectations for Racine County, Racine County and the City of Racine. This one-day, interactive training introduces participants to understanding and combating racism.

In this lively, interactive presentation, REI organizers use stories and data to present an argument that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces an analysis that most participants find immediately helpful and relevant.

“An important part of equity is continually pushing yourself to grow and understand what life is like for those around you,” said Ali Haigh, president and CEO of United Way of Racine County. “I would strongly encourage anyone to take this eye-opening training. Life is systemically different for people of color than it is for white people, and if you’ve ever wondered how, this is a great place to start.”

"Higher Expectations is proud to support United Way in bringing this essential training into our community,” said Chelsea Powell, deputy director of Higher Expectations. “For each of us to make a difference, we must know how systemic racism impacts Black residents. This is a great opportunity to better understand the challenges of our community and how we can further achieve equity.”

The workshop will be offered two times: Saturday, September 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with scheduled breaks included. Participants are expected to attend for the entire workshop. Registration is free and open to all Racine County residents, but space is limited. Sign up or learn more at UnitedWayRacine.org/REI-workshop.