Racial Equity Institute's Groundwater Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

This event is a three-hour Groundwater Workshop on race provided by the Racial Equity Institute (Duke University). It is being offered as part of the 2020 Iowa City Darwin Day events, a series of seminar talks, public lectures and presentations organized every year to celebrate the contributions of science to society.

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:

  • racial inequity looks the same across systems,
  • socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity; and,
  • 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.

Free and open to the public. Location TBD.

Hosted by Iowa City Darwin Day with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-4034.