Racial Equity in Action Leadership (REAL) Center Summer 2017 Cohort

I started training as a cohort member of the Racial Equity in Action Leadership (R.E.A.L.) center this month. Sponsored by the National Equity Project:

“The REAL Center builds the competencies of leaders who have expressed a commitment to advance racial equity outcomes in their respective contexts.”

Design Principles

  • Sessions will ensure protected time for continuous learning, sharing, and reflection
  • Conversations will be formed by cohort member’s experiences as well as articles, empirical studies, and a theoretical and research base
  • Use of structures and protocols to create a team of colleagues that know each other’s contexts, successes, and challenges deeply and are committed to each other’s success and development over time
  • Each team member has strengths, valuable experience, and expertise–Create more opportunities to share and draw from the collective intelligence of the group
  • Team members feel supported, relational trust will be increased, and a true sense of collective responsibility for results will be strengthened as a result of collaboration

Essential Questions

“What is required of us as organizational leaders to “lead for equity” from our own identity, role and position in our respective organizations? 

“What are the ways in which race, class, culture, and experience influence our actions and decisions as leaders?”

As one member of this 35 member cohort, I’ll be building community for the collective purpose of finding ways to advance racial equity in Grand Rapids, MI.

I may share some of my take-aways here or at Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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