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

When you're naming your community change effort, you may have some difficult decisions to make, especially if you're addressing racism. Should you include the word "racism" in the name? Will it turn too many people away? A community in Wagner, S.D., that's been working on creating positive change for the last eight years chose to keep the word "racism" in their program name, and they shared their thoughts on the subject.

What it takes to create sustainable change

Anyone doing community change work wants to make a lasting impact. It can be difficult to find a way to make dialogue and action integral to the way the community works. In Wagner, S.D., residents have been engaging the community in dialogues on race for the last seven years and they've made some significant changes. How have they been able to sustain their efforts for such a long period of time? We talked to Amy Doom, one of the community facilitators for their program, to find out.

The path to a unified community

After using dialogue to address poverty and build prosperity, residents of the rural town of Wagner, S.D., realized that there was something holding them back from making real progress: they needed to address the long history of racial inequity and tensions between the white people living in the town and the American Indians living nearby.

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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.