Advancing Racial Equity and Leadership in Town-Gown Relations

Leon Andrews, Keynote Speaker at the 2019 ITGA Conference
Join us for REAL Action: Advancing Racial Equity And Leadership in Town-Gown Relations, September 9th,
(2:00pm-6:00pm) and Sept 10th, (11:00am-3:00pm) EDT. 
To register, click here.
To learn about the discounted "team" rates of five or more, contact
The NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) department has developed curriculum to guide participants toward an expanded understanding of racial equity and how it can impact our leadership and interactions. The two-day virtual training will focus on equity and inclusion practices/policies with a specific focus on leadership and community building to better support universities and municipalities.
With over 5.6 million cases and 176,000 deaths,  the  coronavirus  pandemic continues to impact every state and community  across this country. These are unprecedented times. The data consistently shows this pandemic disproportionately impacts people of color, particularly Black and Indigenous communities.

Even before the coronavirus, we knew that race was the  strongest predictor of one’s success in this country – from infant mortality to life expectancy.  Now, in the midst of this global health pandemic, the legacy of institutional and structural racism has been unveiled and is playing out in front of our eyes.  Yet, this is not the only pandemic cities are facing. National and global leaders are also now responding to uprisings in their communities.
The tragic events of the last several months serve as a horrific reminder of how important it is for cities to acknowledge and take meaningful action on racial injustice. These uprisings are not just about George Floyd, Riah Milton, or Rashard Brooks. Or Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Sam DuBose, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and so many other tragic moments that have gained national attention and those that have not. This moment shines a floodlight on the institutional and structural racism that has plagued this country since its founding.   
We know these are difficult conversations. The challenge of this moment invites us as leaders to engage with our communities on racial equity and to move forward making smart policy decisions that can eliminate racial inequities in all government policies, practices and procedures.

Outcomes of the training:

  • Develop shared understanding of racial equity terminology;
  • Comprehend historical and current events that perpetuate institutional and systemic racism;
  • Understand a best practices framework for equity and how it can enhance your leadership efforts in town and gown work;
  • Identify opportunities to use a racial equity tool and data to drive results in university and community relations;
  • Build leadership skills in determining equitable practices that bring community together; and 
  • Learn to build infrastructure in partnerships across institutions and stakeholder groups.
Seating is limited, so reserve space for you or your team as soon as possible. Registration is open until Friday, September 1st, or until full. For questions, contact