Mon, Jan 20


Decker Theater


The Kent County Local Management Board, the Talbot Family Network, and the Starr Center invite you to the Racial Equity Institute's Groundwater presentation. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. let's commit to a day of service and learning that will strengthen our efforts to end racial injustice.

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Time & Location

Jan 20, 2020, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Decker Theater, 300 Washington Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620, USA

About the Event

The Groundwater metaphor is designed to help practitioners and community leaders 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.

Attending this presentation will help us better 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.

The Racial Equity Institute is a nationally recognized organization. They specialize in creating racially equitable organizations and systems by helping groups develop tools to challenge patterns of power and to grow equity. Learn more at:

The Groundwater presentation is being offered as one component of a full day of service. Below is the complete schedule of events:

Rock Hall:

7:00 - 11:00 AM: MLK Breakfast and Program, Rock Hall Fire Station

Washington College, Chestertown:

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: MLK Read-In and Free Community Lunch, Hodson Dining Hall.

1:00 - 4:00 PM: Racial Equity Institute's Groundwater Training, Decker Theater

4:00 - 5:00 PM: Mix and Mingle, Hodson Faculty Lounge, Hodson Hall

5:00 - 7:00 PM: Musical Celebration with MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

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