Are you looking for racial justice and equity trainings, workshops, or educational opportunities in Asheville and Buncombe County? Don't miss our go-to list below. And please leave a comment if you have others to add to the list!
Building Bridges was founded in 1993 on a mission to dismantle racism by fostering relationships rooted in action and accountability. The organization provides programming opportunities for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge through a nine-week virtual session. Add your name to the interest list to be added to their next round of discussions and conversations.
Hood Huggers was founded on the guiding principles of restoring history and peace to neighborhoods in Asheville that are historically Black while providing education about the ongoing community-led work.
Hood Huggers offers walking tours ($25/adult; $15/youth ages 4-17) offered on Fridays and Saturdays with two options;
Driving tours: $39/adult; $20/youth, ages 4-17
YWCA Racial Justice Workshops
The YWCA in Asheville took their Racial Justice Workshop for staff and opened it to the public so any community member interested in bettering their understanding of racism and racial justice can attend. This three-part workshop helps familiarize participants with the language in racial justice to better understand how racism affects everyday life. It also introduces the work of the YWCA and explores the history of injustice in the United States. Sign Up for the January Workshop series here.
YMI Cultural Center
As a landmark on the Register of Historic Places, the YMICC opened its doors in 1893 as a center for Black life in Asheville. Ever since, they have been on a mission to promote cultural preservation and uplift Black community members and Black excellence. Learn more on their website for tours, rentable space, monthly art installations, and more.
Racial Equity Institute (REI)
REI is an alliance of institutional leaders, organizers, and trainers devoted to creating equitable systems and organizations. They offer trainings that equip organizations and individuals with knowledge, tools, and skills to challenge patterns of power and address upstream systems-change barriers. REI trainings span multiple "phases" and are offered both in-person and virtually nationwide. Check out their schedule for 2022 here to register.
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the