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We are glad you have come to the R.A.C.E. (Race And Conciliation Encounters) website. It explains who we are, why we do dialogue and why we offer public dialogues focused on race. We hope you find the information helpful.
To raise self-awareness by reflecting, challenging, accepting, and understanding how race and racism impacts us all by offering dialogue series about race so we can build a just and inclusive community.
In 2010, a diverse group of community members, African Americans, Asians, and White Americans, decided to act on their shared vision and desire for a public forum dedicated to dialogue about race. This resulted in a weekly gathering every Thursday evening to dialogue among ourselves and to receive training to be facilitators of future dialogues focused on race. Over time, the original facilitator group’s composition has changed but the group continues to meet weekly to dialogue and to enhance our facilitation skills.
The first public race dialogue took place in 2011. In the six years since, we have offered 24 R.A.C.E. dialogue series, free of charge, open to the public, hosted in different locations around the community. Our goal is to make public race dialogue series like these available throughout the year and to increase the number, frequency, locations and formats of our R.A.C.E. dialogue series.