Facing Race is a multiracial, multi-issue, intergenerational conference that highlights campaigns, projects, research, and art that promotes systemic solutions to racial justice challenges. Facing Race gives attendees tools to dismantle systemic racism in their own communities. 

Facing Race will take place on November 12 to 14 in Raleigh North Carolina.

There are many ways to be involved. You can submit a breakout session and film, be a volunteer or scholar. Below are the application forms for these different opportunities. 

For questions, please contact facingrace@raceforward.org

Facing Race is a multi-racial, multi-issue, intergenerational conference that highlights campaigns, projects, research and art that promotes systemic solutions to racial justice challenges. Facing Race gives attendees tools to dismantle systemic racism in their own communities.

We are soliciting proposals for interactive 90-minute breakout sessions in varied formats, eg. film screening, panel discussion, hands-on art project, or skill-building.

Each breakout session can have up to two presenters and should accommodate between 45 to 75 attendees.

Breakout Session Design Elements: Please use the checklist below as a guide in designing your Breakout Session.

Checklist for Designing Breakout Session

√  Participatory: The workshop is interactive, with lots of two-way communication between participants and presenters, including hands-on engaging activities.

Practical: The workshop offers tools, skills, and ideas that participants can use.

Systemic Analysis: Facilitators and participants analyze systems of power and the structural dimensions of racism to surface root causes and contributing factors.

√  Solutions-oriented: The workshop will offer concrete, viable and equitable solutions. They aim to change systems, shift power, and advance racial equity in our communities, cultures, and institutions. Racially equitable solutions aim to measurably and materially benefit communities of color, but can include often have positive impacts for white people as well.

Action-Oriented: The workshop will connect to active issue campaigns, grassroots community organizing, and current struggles and/or movement-building efforts.

Multiracial and Intersectional: Facilitators have a multi-racial and intersectional analysis and approach even if there is a mono-racial emphasis. A multiracial team of facilitators is also encouraged.

Intergenerational: The content is relevant to the participation of youth and young people, as well as multi-generational strategies.

Narrative-Shift: The workshop contributes to the creation and popularization of stories that highlight equitable values; the humanity and perspectives of people of color, the lived experiences and impacts of racism, multi-racial and intersectional connections, the resilience and leadership of people of color, and the benefits of racial justice.

Breakout Sessions We DON’T Want: 

X  Lectures or presentations of academic papers.

X Sessions focused primarily on the personal and interpersonal dynamics of racism.

X Workshops that emphasize “diversity” training, cultural competency, cross-racial dialogues and multi-cultural awareness—or focus more on training models than action strategies.

X Sessions by national organizations that do not have a connection to people working in local communities.

X Sessions without attention to solutions.

X Sessions by individuals not connected to, or accountable to, social justice organizations or communities.

Breakout Sessions should fit one of these tracks to be considered:

1. Narrative Arts and Culture

Narrative makes meaning of the world and inspires us to action. The arts reveal our values and visions for a racially just society. Culture moves before politics, and before policy. This track allows expansive space for storytellers, artists, journalists, media makers and world-builders to help us all think, organize, and work to build power for narrative equity and narrative justice, cultural equity and cultural justice, and racial equity and racial justice. Whether or not you identify as one who works in narrative, arts, or culture, you are engaged in it every day—and you are absolutely welcome here.

2. Institutional and Sectoral Change Track

We believe that a truly inclusive democracy is achieved when everyone can participate in the creation and sustenance of solutions that promote equity and fairness. To get there, we must understand and address how structural racism has excluded communities of color from being full participants in our society, and then change how our institutions function to be fully inclusive of people of all races. 

This track is a home for practitioners from a wide range of sectors wanting to get real about transforming how our institutions operate in order to dismantle structural racism and generate racially equitable outcomes. Sessions will focus on how people working in a variety of organizations are normalizing racial equity in their institutions, making racial equity operational in their day-to-day work, and organizing inside and outside of institutional structures to achieve more equitable outcomes.

3. Movement and Community Driven Solutions Track 

Black, indigenous,people of color, and migrant of color communities should be leading and at the center of our movement for racial justice and positioned as owners and decision-makers over the conditions that impact our lives. This track elevates leaders in our communities, explores strategies that support cross-sectoral organizing, demonstrates community accountability, highlights policy solutions that lead to more equitable outcomes, and celebrates the efforts and victories of grassroots organizing.

4. Race Identities and Innovations:

Racial identities shape our personal experiences, our community boundaries, our political movements, and our political ideas and visions. White supremacy is only one example of identity politics that create and legitimate power. Both large and small groups today use racial identity politics to organize both for and against human freedom and dignity. In spite of this knowledge, we rarely discuss identities as if they have their own past, present, and future. This track is for workshops that teach and explore the complexity of racial identities, their constant renewal and change, and their uses for racial justice organizing.

Some examples of workshops that we’re looking for:

Workshops on how we build and negotiate racial identities; how certain racial identities and communities have been constructed over time; how people of color have named and renamed ourselves on the path to liberation; about the intersections, contradictions, and overlaps in racial and other identities among our people; and lessons from the many movements and organizing traditions based in racial identities.


Please Review Race Forward's NEW Presenter Registration Information Below. 

The application includes an opportunity to apply for a need-based scholarship for transportation and lodging. 

Race Forward is teaming up with Working Films to present Race Flicks, a micro-film festival and track of Facing Race: A National Conference being held in Raleigh, NC November 12 - 14, 2020.  

Race Flicks lifts up critical issues of racial justice through film and ways that activists, organizers, nonprofits, and others can use them to advance racial justice. This year’s program will have a special focus on racial justice and equity in the U.S. South told by media makers who live in the region. We will accept films from and about other regions but will prioritize Southern stories and makers, who are widely underrepresented. As in years past, the program will continue to have a focus on accountable filmmaking that truly represents the people and places featured and holds great potential to build power among those represented in the stories at hand. 

The deadline for application is February 21st, 2020.  We will notify all applicants of your status via email in June. 

Films will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

Quality of Filmmaking and Storytelling: We are looking for beautifully shot, story-driven documentaries that use powerful characters and engaging stories to educate and move audiences. Films can be long or short form (under 75 minutes).

Diversity: In addition to addressing issues of racial justice we are interested in films that depict people of different ages, abilities, national origins, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc. 

Representation and Accountability: We are particularly interested in supporting the work of filmmakers in the U.S South. For filmmakers telling stories of a community of which they are not a part we will look for work that reflects a participatory production process that engaged the community represented in the film, and/or films that show the agency of the characters and give a true sense of their power. 

Filmmakers’ Commitment to Social Change: We want to include filmmakers who have a commitment to using their storytelling abilities to make a difference. We are interested in your plans for how your film can be used to make change.

Timeliness of the Topic: We will prioritize films that address timely, current racial justice issues in the US south.

For questions, please contact Hannah Hearn at hhearn@workingfilms.org.

How It Works

  • Scholarships are awarded based on need and individual and/or organizational commitment to racial justice.

  • There is no fee to apply for a scholarship. However, if your application is accepted, there is a $50 processing fee that must be paid at the time of your acceptance of an awarded scholarship.

  • Please note: if a scholarship is awarded, confirmation to attend and application processing fee must be made within two weeks of being awarded the scholarship. If we do not receive these within 2 weeks, we will offer the scholarship to applicants on the waiting list. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will impact your eligibility to qualify for future Facing Race National Conference scholarships.

  • Resources are limited, so we recommend applying as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation once your request is received and scholarship decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Because we have limited funding, we cannot guarantee that all requests can be granted.

  • If you are part of a nonprofit organization, we encourage you to contact one of your funders to see if they provide support for grantees to attend conferences like this one. For some grassroots fundraising tips, visit Grassroots Fundraising Journal 

  • Scholarship recipients are required to do the following upon acceptance of a full or partial conference registration scholarship:  

  • Write a brief thank you note at the Conference to the donor(s). Sharing a reflection on how attending the conference with impact your work in your community, organization or school. 

  •  Assist Race Forward with promoting the conference through social media and other outlets.  

  • Facing Race will take place Thursday, November 12th- Saturday, 14th, 2020


What’s Covered?
We offer partial and full scholarships. Due to limited resources and in the interest of providing financial assistance to as many people as possible, we cannot cover any travel or lodging costs at this time.


  • Demonstrated commitment to Racial Justice and Equity. 
  • Low-income people, people of color, immigrants, limited mobilities (physical or otherwise), trans-identified and people with diverse gender identities, and young adults are encouraged to apply.

 Application and Confirmation
The Facing Race Team will confirm your participation as a scholar via email. Once you receive confirmation from the Facing Race Team, scholars must register on Cvent and pay the $50 processing fee to formally accept the offer.

If paying by check, it must be received within 15 days of submitting this form. Scholarships are limited. We encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible. 

Applications are open until April 20th, 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Race Forward is currently seeking volunteers for Facing Race, the largest multiracial, intergenerational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives, and other leaders. The last Facing Race was Race Forward’s largest ever, with over 3,400 attendees, from 7 different countries. Our 2020 conference, happening from November 12th to 14th in Raleigh, NC is expected to be even bigger, and we are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to help make this event a success. In exchange, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate and contribute in one of the largest racial justice conferences.  We will also give volunteers deeply discounted registration to the conference and special events.

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Pre-conference preparation:  Bag stuffing, assisting with transporting materials and equipment at the Cobo Center, phone calls, registration outreach – especially at universities and community organizations. 
  • Registration/Information: Hall greeters, assisting with general registration and materials distribution to participants and sponsors/exhibitors, staffing information desk, assisting with press registration table.
  • Special events support: Assisting with talent and crowd control, greeters, ushers, stage handlers.
  • Workshop support: Workshop monitors (help set up, attend session, explain and collect evaluations, assist presenters as needed), interpreting for conference participants or presenters.
  • Multi-media support: Assisting with video-taping/tape recording of sessions and interviews as assigned, stage assistance (please note:  individuals for multi-media volunteer positions must have prior experience).
  • Overall conference support:  Supporting staff show office, runners between various areas (including the exhibit hall, registration area and workshop rooms), tracking equipment, copying, etc.
  • Fundraising support: Assisting with setup for fundraising asks (envelope distribution, table tents, etc.) and collecting donation envelopes as assigned.

Volunteers Benefits:

  • Participate in one of the largest conferences dedicated to racial justice in the world
  • Form networks with individuals from across the U.S. interested in racial justice
  • Meet and work with the Race Forward staff and Board
  • Receive a letter of confirmation for your participation

 Volunteer Requirements and Commitment: 

  1. Anyone 18 and older who can provide Race Forward with volunteer services from Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Saturday, November 14, 2020 in exchange for deeply discounted tickets to the Conference and special events.You must be on time, dressed appropriately, and have worked the agreed-upon hours to receive your discount. 
  2. Once accepted, volunteers must register on Cvent and pay a $50.00 processing fee.  A Facing Race registration is valued at over $500 per person. While this registration fee is waived for volunteers, volunteers are asked to pay a $50.00 processing fee. This nominal processing fee helps Race Forward to provide meals and conference materials to volunteers. 
  3.  Volunteers are required to complete at least one full conference day of service (total of 12hours, can be divided throughout the preparation days and conference days) to avail of the free conference registration (valued at $500), not including the $50.00 processing fee.

Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session in person or via teleconference. Date and time are to be determined. An on-site orientation is also required at the start of the conference.

The deadline to submit is June 22, 2020! 

Volunteer Acceptance will be announced in July 2020. 


GARE is happy to announce that the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Port of Portland, and Metro of Oregon will host the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting on April 14-16, 2020

The GARE Annual Membership Meeting is your chance to meet, learn from one another, and energize each other for another year of advancing racial equity in your jurisdictions. As members, you drive the program content, and we invite you to propose a complete concept for a breakout session -- workshop, learning lab, or panel -- that highlights an issue of importance, policy innovation, or racial equity practice you would like to share with the network. Please consider the criteria below as you develop your proposal. 

Please note: For full consideration, please submit your proposals by January 30th, 2020.

Preference will be given to proposals that fulfill 2 or more of the following criteria:

  • Showcases best and promising practice
  • Leads with tools and tactics, and provides skill-building opportunities
  • Centers the voices and expertise of staff who are doing leading edge work
  • Contributes to a diverse representation of presenters by race, gender, and other forms of identity
  • Utilizes interactive, audience-centered formats
  • Helps further a national GARE agenda

Facing Race 2020