Made in Durham’s Youth Network take racial equity training

January 22, 2018

Members of Made in Durham’s Youth Network and youth served by several partner organizations examined the nation’s narrative through the lens of racial equity in January.

The two-day workshop led by the Racial Equity Institute (REI), offered in partnership with Organizing Against Racism-Durham, included historical information, data, exercises and discussion to help participants understand racism and its impact today.

Read what one participant learned.

REI helps leaders and organizations understand and address racism in their organizations and in communities in which the organization works. Made in Durham staff, Advisory Team members, Racial Equity Task Force members and Youth Network members have all now taken some type of REI training.

“Racism is an ever-present force that affects the way our institutions are shaped and operate,” said Dan McKinney, Made in Durham’s youth engagement strategist, who coordinates the Youth Network. “It’s imperative that we understand our history and its present-day impact if we’re going to overcome racism and create equity in our community.”

Youth Network members will now spend time reflecting on how what they have learned will affect the work they do helping shape Made in Durham’s work, as well as pursuing action projects in their schools that are working to address racial inequities, from disproportionate disciplinary actions, underrepresentation in advanced courses and a general lack of cultural understanding of students of color.

For more information on racial equity training and the work of Made in Durham’s Racial Equity Task Force, contact McKinney at or (919) 627-6422.


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