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2  Our community is shaped by the stories we tell about ourselves  Too often we don’t take time to get to know & listen to folks who are different from us  Building trust through creating a shared narrative

3 “Diverse stakeholder groups are demanding that their voices be heard… There is no doubt that this increasing diversity of perspectives makes community decision-making more complex… But there is also little doubt that these fresh perspectives serve to strengthen our communities and make the democratic ideal real.” - Chris Gates, Former President, National Civic League

4 Keypads  Simply push the button with the number that corresponds with your answer.  All answers are anonymous.  They don’t work at home!  Please use the same keypad to vote all morning.

5 Multiple Perspectives Let’s find out about the diversity of folks who are here this morning.

6 1. Female 2. Male In region 51.6 % 48.4 %

7 In Region – – – – and better

8 3 % 28 % 4 % 0.5 % 63 % 0.1 % 1.2 % 1. Asian/Pacific Is. 2. Black/African- American 3. Hispanic/Latino 4. Native American 5. White/European American 6. Mixed Race 7. Other

9 23% 29% 22% 12% 14% 1. Less than $25K 2. Between $25K and $50K 3. Between $50K and $75K 4. Between $75K and $100K 5. Over $100K

10 In suburban counties, the median income ranges from $53,009 (Henrico) to $67,979 (Hanover). The disparities with Richmond are significant; the median income for the city is $32,547.

11 20% 31% 30% 10% 8% 1. Richmond City 2. Chesterfield 3. Henrico 4. Hanover 5. Ashland, Charles City Co., Goochland, New Kent, Powhatan 6. Other

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13 1. Richmond city 2. Suburbs

14 1. Person of Color 2. White

15  “What’s the story your find yourself telling about ________ in metropolitan Richmond?”  Write down a sentence or two on the index card on your table.  Hold up your card when you’re done & someone will collect them.

16  Quick round of introductions:  Name  Organization  2 nd round: What’s the story you wrote on your card?  20 minutes

17  Lack of diversity in individual schools (all talk, little action)  Lack of regional cooperation to improve all districts  Quality of education suffering from lack of resources  Large socio-economic divide  Too much focus on tests and not true learning

18  Structural barriers (segregation, education, etc.) based on race remain  It’s not just Black & White anymore  Don’t talk about race  We’ve made a lot of progress  Our difficult history has left a legacy

19  The econ divide is real, it is racial and it Balkanizes our region.  The economic divide is not a city/county issue. Increasing # of poor in our suburbs.  Black flight from the city is increasing.  Richer communities don’t understand and aren’t curious about issues of class, race and poverty  The econ. divide is bigger than race in the Richmond region  The econ. divide is driven by our racial history  The econ divide is obvious, it’s getting worse and we aren’t doing anything about it

20 1. Lack of diversity in individual schools (all talk, little action) 2. Lack of regional cooperation to improve all districts 3. Quality of education suffering from lack of resources 4. Large socio-economic divide 5. Too much focus on tests and not true learning

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23 1. Structural barriers (segregation, education, etc.) based on race remain 2. It’s not just Black & White anymore 3. Don’t talk about race 4. We’ve made a lot of progress 5. Our difficult history has left a legacy

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26 1. It is real, it is racial 2. It is not a city/county issue. More poor in suburbs. 3. Black flight from the city is increasing. 4. Richer communities don’t understand issues of class, race and poverty 5. It is bigger than race 6. It is driven by our racial history 7. It is getting worse

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29  Turn to your neighbor.  How do I need to change my story?  To help create a shared narrative?  To incorporate multiple perspectives?  To build trust?  5 minutes

30  Please leave the keypads on the table or give them to a host!  If you want to continue this conversation, please join us at our office TONIGHT at 6PM  Sign up for our mailing list to be alerted to upcoming events.  Please take the centerpiece flowers home!


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