Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

ReCONNECT for the Future: Community-Rooted Practices for Creating Equity

Date and Time
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Online Webinar


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Kay Jowers, Senior Policy Associate, will co-facilitate "Community-Rooted Practices for Creating Equity" as part of ReCONNECT for the Future.

In this training, we will explore practices for engaging and partnering with organizations that are accountable to impacted community members. Partnerships between large organizations or institutions and community organizations can be effective tools for creating lasting social change and promoting racial equity. But such partnerships must be created with careful attention to power structures and accountability. This session will focus on the challenges encountered by impacted communities in such partnerships, concepts of community-rooted practices, and the recommendations for incorporating these principles as a partnering organization. This session is created on the peer-reviewed article on community-rooted processes, Community-Rooted Organizations: Enhanced Accountability and Capacity Building for Community Development.


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  • Camryn Smith, Founding Member and Executive Director, Communities In Partnership
  • Kay Jowers, JD, PhD, Senior Policy Associate, Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Danielle Spurlock, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jen Zuckerman, MS, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Duke University World Food Policy Center, Sanford School of Public Policy

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