Join us for Let’s Talk about Race,” a series of probing and authentic conversations between and for all races designed to educate and elevate racial awareness locally in Durham. This new conversation/podcast series will highlight local community members and businesses to explore how race affects their daily experiences in Durham. Conversation will focus on the different experiences that community members/businesses of different races have in everyday and professional life and will investigate how viewpoints of these experiences are affected by race and racism.


Of course, there is a lot to unpack. Why are certain industries devoid of diversity at the leadership level? How does race affect each industry differently? What are the dangers of viewing race through a racial monolith lens, and what set of diverse focal points should be considered instead? Join us in 30-minute conversations as we interview local leaders and community members, listen to their experiences, and dive deep with them to understand how race affects our individual and collective lives.


Authentic conversation can be uncomfortable, but more importantly it can be transformative. Come engage with us. We promise you’ll learn something new.

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Podcast Topic: Diversity and Race in Education

Guests: Jake Kavanaugh, JK Designs & Educator

Episode Release Date: Monday May 3, 2021 2pm

This month's guest on Let's Talk About Race is Jake Kavanaugh.  Jake has spent the last two decades as an educator and designer.  His career has spanned from Chicago to Tampa to Massachusetts to Maine and now he resides in Oxford and teaches at Durham Academy.  We will talk diversity, race, and even designing a set for Bruce Springsteen and the Super Bowl on this episode.  Tune in to Together We Stand: Let's Talk About Race on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


Podcast Topic: Representation of People of Color in the Running Industry

Guests: Jordan and Nora Ayers, Fleet Feet Sports Durham

Episode Release Date: Sunday February 21, 2021 3pm

Founded in 1976 and with over 180 stores nationwide, Fleet Feet Sports is the nation’s largest running shoe and apparel retailer.  Managing partner Jordan Ayers and Training Director Nora Ayers from Fleet Feet Durham join us for a conversation about the lack of representation of people of color in the running industry and how their store is ready to step up and make changes to address it.


Podcast Topic: Diversity in the Running Industry

Guests: Juliellen Simpson-Vos and Ivory Patten, Girls on the Run

Episode Release Date: Monday February 8, 2021


Guests: Juliellen Simpson-Vos and Ivory Patten, Girls on the Run International

Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run has over 200 councils across the United States.  As times has changed, GOTR has created an IDEA strategy to address inclusion, diversity, equality, and access within the organization. Juliellen Simpson-Vos and Ivory Patten from Girls on the Run join us for a conversation about their IDEA statement and the changes to be made within the organization.