Are AREA and REI the same thing?

No. AREA is a local anti-racism group that is part of a network in North Carolina and nationwide. Each county has a team who contracts with the Racial Equity Institute (REI) based in Greensboro, NC to provide racial equity training to members of our community.

REI creates and teaches their racial equity curriculum.

AREA organizes the administrative components of the training locally, including registration, facilities, catering, etc. so that community members can receive REI’s curriculum.

AREA supports the existence of alumni networks stemming from the REI trainings, through local community groups and racial affinity caucus groups

I attended REI’s Phase I in another county/city/state. Can I get involved locally?


What does it cost to attend racial equity training?

  • Individual – $295
  • Group (3 or more registered together) – $275 each
  • Senior Citizen/Student – $175

In addition to the in-depth, comprehensive training curriculum presented by REI, all participants receive four meals and 2 snacks over two days of training, because we know it’s hard to learn if your stomach is empty. You’ll also receive an electronic workbook after the training.

If you can’t afford training, we offer a sliding scale scholarship. At registration, you’ll be asked to indicate how much you can contribute towards the training.

Is food provided at the training?

All participants receive four meals and two snacks (pending COVID regulations) over two days of training, because we know it’s hard to learn if your stomach is empty. Each county coordinates with local caterer(s); priority is given to catering companies owned by People of Color, such as: Sweetie’s Catering

What payment methods can I use?

On the registration form, you can pay with a credit card or paypal.

For paying by check, please contact organizers at alamanceracialequity@gmail.com for more details. 

What if I can’t afford training?

Making the training accessible to everyone is one of our values. If you can’t afford the training, we offer a sliding scale scholarship. At registration, you’ll be asked to indicate how much you can contribute towards the training.

If you have questions about scholarships, please contact the email for the county coordinators as listed on registration page for the training you want to attend.

How long is the training? Will I get breaks?

The trainings run 8:30 am until 5:15 pm over two consecutive days, with breakfast and registration from 8:30 am to 9:00 am each day. Each day has two 10-15 minute breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch each day is usually 45 minutes to 1 hour in length, and the time varies based on the trainers and the caterers’ schedule.

Can I attend training more than once?

Yes! Alumni are invited to return to attend Phase I as they are able, for a minimal cost of $35. If alumni prefer to bring their own meals rather than pay for food, please indicate so on your registration and there will be no fee.

All alumni are encouraged to register in advance to ensure we have sufficient seating and food; on-site registration is not usually available. 

As alumni, you will be asked to sit outside of the main circle and listen only, unless prompted to participate by the trainers.

(Pending COVID regulations)

What if I sign up for training and then can’t attend?

You can transfer your registration to another person or to another training. Email the contact for the training you are currently registered for in order to discuss your options.

What is covered in the training?

Refer to REI website for Phase I and Phase II content info.

What is the difference between the Groundwater training and Phase I?

Refer to REI website for content info about these two opportunities.

What happens at a debrief meeting and why should I attend?

AREA offers debrief meetings where recent participants in Phase I training can review what they learned, share what they have learned, and ask questions to other AREA members. Debriefs are facilitated by county leadership, not the Racial Equity Institute trainers.

What happens at caucus meetings?

Caucusing is a time when people of color and white people meet separately in order to do our different work. They are coordinated by AREA leaders. Read more about caucusing here.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to volunteer your time and talents or find ways to partner, please email us at alamanceracialequity@gmail.com about how you’d like to help.

I’ve attended another anti-racism training. Can I participate in caucusing or attend training as an alumni?

We’re glad that you have attended anti-racism training and are interested in getting involved with AREA. If you have attended a two-day training like Dismantling Racism Works or People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – Undoing Racism, we still encourage you to attend the Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I training before attending as an alumni or participating in AREA caucusing.

While other trainings may share a similar analysis, the content and format vary between them. AREA is a network of alumni who have attended a REI training and desire to remain connected to the anti-racism work it inspires and to one another. For this work to be effective and productive, we feel it is important that we are all operating from a shared foundation, lens, and vocabulary around race, racism, and white supremacy.