One effort for the Cooperative Extension System to respond to the need for dialogue to promote racial understanding and healing is Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU). Seeded by ECOP in 2016, CTRU began following a similar season of anguish in our country. CTRU’s vision is to grow a community of Extension professionals ready to aid in fostering meaningful community conversations leading to positive change. Many of the trained teams across 26 states continue to work fervently, aiding both CES professionals and communities toward this vision. As work continues, three principles are clear:
- Dialogues are vital to understanding, and understanding is vital to healing and meaningful change.
- CES must do our own work around race before we can effectively engage communities.
- Administrative support to these teams is vital to their success.
Sourced from: ECOP Monday Minute