Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Arts

ArtsGreensboro is working with the Racial Equity Institute to offer a 4.5-hour Groundwater Training Session to the arts community. We encourage executive directors, key staff, and board members to participate in this session. In a time of change and transition, addressing equity and inclusion is essential as we plan for the future.

Date: Friday, November 06, 2020 |

Time 9:00 am EST

Training Type: Virtual Groundwater Plus

A zoom link will be sent out the week of the training. Please hold the date and time on your calendar and complete the registration link below.

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What Is Groundwater Training per REI:

The Groundwater metaphor is designed to help practitioners at all levels internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society, and that that is what causes racial inequity. The metaphor is based on three observations:

  1. racial inequity looks the same across systems,
  2. socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity; and,
  3. inequities are caused by systems, regardless of people’s culture or behavior.

Embracing these truths helps leaders confront the reality that all our systems, institutions, and outcomes emanate from the racial hierarchy on which the United States was built. In other words, we have a “groundwater” problem, and we need “groundwater” solutions. Starting from there, we begin to unlock transformative change.

Attached you will find a paper fully describing the Groundwater Approach.

We sought REI’s training because we feel our team needs to be leaders in their understanding of issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S. in order to fulfill our mission, and the Groundwater training was one of the most fact-based and, therefore, compelling overviews of data that would impact our understanding. The Groundwater training will have a very long-term influence on our thinking, input into our organization’s strategies and programs, and influence on the role we play in our home community and others in the U.S.  -Cathy Belk, President, JumpStart, Inc., Cleveland, OH


Monica F. Walker

Monica F. Walker is a veteran organizer, artist, trainer, speaker, and social activist who has spent the better part of her career addressing race, equity, and inclusion while organizing social justice on every front. She currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she recently retired from her position as Executive Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Guilford County Schools. She led the district's efforts to eliminate racially disparate outcomes and all other forms of bias and discrimination for Guilford County Schools, the third-largest school district in North Carolina, and serves approximately 72,000 students and families. In this capacity, she led a small staff of equity directors, specialists, and coaches who provided professional development and equity coaching to the district's 11,000 employees. Monica is a highly regarded trainer who leads and facilitates Racial Equity and Undoing Racism training across the United States. Retirement now allows Monica to fully invest in the work of racial justice. She is particularly interested in supporting systems and institutions to interrogate the root causes of racial inequity and seek effective means to address and eliminate systemic and institutionalized racism. She is actively involved as an organizer in her community and serves on several boards, advisories, and organizational committees.

Dr. Blaise Amendolace

Dr. Blaise Amendolace is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and is currently in private practice in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Amendolace has over 10 years of experience in collegiate mental health, serving in the roles of Clinical Director, Assessment Coordinator, Training Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty, and member of various Diversity and Inclusion Committees across multiple university settings. His specialty areas include trauma/abuse survivors, therapeutic personality assessment, relationship difficulties, and group counseling. Dr. Amendolace provides training to local youth sports organizations on child abuse prevention and volunteers with various organizations. As a counselor and educator, Dr. Amendolace strives to integrate social justice and equity issues into his work to help individuals become more compassionate and supportive. He has devoted much of his life to working with marginalized populations. As an undergraduate student at Florida State University, he worked at Capital City Youth Services' Someplace Else shelter program, which provided short-term housing and guidance for at-risk youth. He was a member of Dr. John C. Brigham's research lab and completed an undergraduate thesis exploring the Own-Race Bias with Chinese Americans. As a graduate student at Florida Institute of Technology, Dr. Amendolace worked for three years at The Family Learning Program, one of 14 state-funded sexual abuse treatment programs in Florida. As both a student and faculty advisor, Dr. Amendolace has attended several Alternative Spring Break volunteer mission trips, focusing on issues such as homelessness, poverty, food insecurities, and veteran's services. Dr. Amendolace is excited to be a member of the REI team and looks forward to continued learning and growth in the area of racial equity and social justice issues.

How to Register

A zoom link will be sent out the week of the training. Please hold the date and time on your calendar and complete the registration link below.