Frequently Asked Questions

Are AREA and REI the same thing?

No. AREA is a local anti-racism group in Alamance County, NC  that contracts with the Racial Equity Institute (REI) based in Greensboro, NC to provide racial equity training to members of our community through their workshops. AREA organizes the administrative components of the training locally, including registration, facilities, catering, etc. so that community members can attend REI’s Workshops.

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

Yes! Please email us at  and we can add you to our list serve to receive our newsletter and emails about upcoming events.

What does it cost to attend racial equity training?

Contact us at for current prices. (If you can’t afford the cost, we don’t want financial restraints to keep you from attending a workshop. There are often scholarships available. Please email us at )

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 for more details. 

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

You may be able to transfer your registration to another training. Contact us at

What is covered in the training?

Refer to the REI website for Phase I and Groundwater information:

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

Refer to the REI website for content information about these two Workshops.

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

AREA offers occasional debrief meetings where recent participants in Phase I trainings can review what they learned, share what they have learned, and ask questions of the facilitators. Debriefs are facilitated by AREA, not the Racial Equity Institute trainers.

What happens at caucus meetings?

In caucus people of color and white people meet separately in order to do our different work, and then meet jointly. Read more about caucusing.

How can I get involved?

See the information here.

I was fortunate to be able to be part of a Racial Equity Institute workshop. It was a life-changing learning experience. I find myself often sharing information that I learned from the instructors when talking with friends and colleagues. The history and legal issues are something we all need to know and understand, regardless of our race.

M.J. Wilkerson, Director of Alamance County Public Libraries