What is We Are?
Based in Durham, North Carolina, We Are is a nonprofit “working to extend anti-racist education,” according to its website. We have not yet received contracts for We Are but believe that it is important to understand the organizations that are engaged in the business of “anti-racism training” in K-12 communities.
It lists big-name partners and donors, including: Ben and Jerry’s, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina, NC Central University, Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, The Starbucks Foundation, Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation , Parents of African American Children, Village of Wisdom and Empowered Parents in Community.
What services does We Are offer?
It sells “anti-racism training for children, families, and educators,” with a “three-pronged approach to dismantle systemic racism in education by offering summer camps for children in rising 1st-5th grade, professional development for educators and workshops for parents & families.” It describes itself as seeking “lasting changes to disrupt structural racism.”
“We are reimagining educational systems so that all children, particularly Black and Brown can exist in spaces that affirm their identity and dignity, promote their educational advancement, and support their social and emotional well-being,” it says.
The organizations also sells “workshops, consultations, and presentations by request.”
It started providing educator grants of $500 to $1,500 to support K-12 educators with “anti-racism efforts”in their classrooms and schools, including the “creation of racial equity teams.”
In March 2021, the group organized a virtual conference, “Let’s Talk Racism: Becoming Anti-Racist Educators,” with University of Kentucky secondary eduction professor Cheryl Matia as the keynote speaker. She is the author of “Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality and Education” and “Education and Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender.”
It also offer “Keynotes Speaking.”