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The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Mecklenburg Center’s Family & Consumer Sciences program is committed to educating our community about the importance of diversity, racial equity, and inclusion.

We offer virtual workshops that provide in-roads to dialogue for social change and increase participants’ knowledge of current social injustices. The objective of our interactive workshops is to facilitate conversations that affect personal, social, systemic, and structural change.

Changing Lenses: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Changing Lenses: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, is a 2-hour workshop offered by the Family & Consumer Sciences program of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County. The interactive workshop helps community members, organizations, and groups to:

  • Understand the importance and distinction of and among diversity, inclusion, and equity (highlighting racial equity),
  • Create working practices that build racial equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in your work, and 
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of the personal sphere of influence as it related to DEI. 

Who is this workshop for? 

  • Community groups with interest in increasing understanding of diversity
  • Organizations and corporations with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Non-profit organization and their volunteers
  • Anyone with an interest in learning more about diversity

How to request this workshop?

Interested groups in Mecklenburg County may request the Changing Lenses workshop by completing our required Community Education Request form.

Transforming Power and Privilege

Understanding the personal, social, institutional and structural impact of power and privilege is challenging. Terms such as white privilege, dominant culture and racism are contentious terms presenting difficult issues with which to grapple in many settings.

Transforming Power and Privilege is an interactive workshop designed to:

  • Increase understanding of the system of inequity

  • Increase awareness of accumulated advantages for dominant culture and accumulated disadvantages for people of color and their current-day legacy

  • Clarity on the different types of privilege

  • The impact of internalized racism and internalized privilege

  • Understanding how narratives reinforce inequity

The training assists organizations with developing skills of practice such as identifying entry points of change,  ways to dialogue about structural racism, and implementing strategic questioning.

Time Commitment

Transforming Power and Privilege is offered in two formats: 1 full-day virtual workshop or two 1/2 day virtual workshops.

Who is this training designed for?

Organizations and groups working on diversity, inclusion, racial equity, and social justice with an interest in addressing the privilege of the dominant culture and associated inequities as part of that work reap important benefits.

How to request this workshop?

Interested groups in Mecklenburg County may request this workshop by completing our required Community Education Request form. Please note that requests are filled based on availability and an organizational assessment is required for participation.