Racial Equity Resource Guide


Guides & Workshops



Racial Equity and Society Leadership Seminars

Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
281 Park Ave. S.,
5th Floor, New York, NY 10010



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Aspen Institute seminars seek to bring together diverse groups of experienced leaders to learn from each other and from the greatest thinkers and leaders. In an environment conducive to reflection and dialogue, participants wrestle with fundamental questions about the nature of value-centered leadership. Through the seminar experience, participants come to a new awareness of the organizations they lead and the values they find important, and they return to their organizations with renewed energy, inspiration and commitment.

The Racial Equity and Society Leadership Seminars provide opportunities for leaders from a variety of sectors to immerse themselves in readings, dialogue and collective work around issues of race, ethnicity and equity. These are customized, one- to five-day, readings-based, non-partisan seminars led by expert moderators. They are conducted with diverse groups in a safe environment. The goals of the seminar are:

  • To provide participants with a framework for understanding how and why racial inequities endure, including insights into racial dynamics in 21st century America;
  • To enable participants to reexamine the historical foundations, underlying assumptions and current political and social dynamics that shape contemporary public debate about race and equity; and
  • To help participants apply these insights to the social, economic, and political challenges in their own companies, organizations or communities by creating a detailed racial equity plan.

Staff of the Aspen Roundtable on Community Change provides follow-up support to Seminar alumni as they work to implement and refine their racial equity plans. In the fall of 2011, the Roundtable piloted a new two-day seminar on Racial Equity and Health. It aimed to give health professionals and leaders in a variety of sectors—such as education, employment, housing, transportation, land use planning, community building, and advocacy—an understanding of current dynamics that maintain and produce racial inequities in health, and helped them develop action agendas to reduce these inequities.



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