Reflections on including the word 'racism' in the title of your change effort

Having the word "racism" in the title of your change efforts is a bold move, but it didn't happen overnight. Initially, they worked with the Extension program at South Dakota State University (SDSU) to reduce poverty in their community as part of the Horizons project. About 60 Wagner residents took part in those initial conversations and came up with several strategies to build prosperity. One of those strategies was to implement adult education programs.

While the town of Wagner and the dialogue participants were mostly white, one of the six dialogue groups included several Native American community members. That mixed-race group added language about building a multi-cultural community to the adult education strategy. This was the beginning of their community's effort to address racism, but at a whisper.

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