Racial Equity Training

Limited spaces available. Sign up HERE.


Facilitated and led by Matthew Freeman & Ebony Walden, The Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) Coalition is hosting a series of virtual trainings that will strengthen collaboration with organizations rooted in or led by communities of color and build power for regional and statewide health equity advocacy. The training series will promote understanding of racial equity and how this translates into health equity.


  • Build a strong connected network working on health equity advocacy in region
  • Build capacity of regional HAV members to integrate racial equity lens in coalition work
  • Ensure priority HAV issues will have a racial equity focus for future legislative sessions
  • Build capacity of HAV members to work with regional lawmakers and improve organizational racial equity work


Session 1: Race and RacismĀ 

September 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This training is an introduction to race — its meaning, history, and how it functions in modern society. What does race mean, how is it different from ethnicity, and why are we still talking about it? This workshop explores these questions, and looks at how race has been constructed as a hierarchy of human value, privileging whiteness in many ways.

Session 2: Diversity Identity and Bias

September 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This training explores the many varieties of identities and experiences that make up our communities, and blends education on various terms like race, ethnicity, sex, gender, etc., with opportunities for self-reflection and dialogue on what matters most to each of us, and how to foster greater inclusion in our communities.

Session 3: Advancing Equity

September 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

An introduction to the concept of equity, this training focuses on moving beyond diversity and inclusion to a focus on creating equitable outcomes. Participants learn both what equity is and how to apply an equity lens to their work.

Limited spaces available. Sign up HERE.

If you have any questions about the trainings or our work, please contact us atĀ purity@thecommonwealthinstitute.org or freddy@thecommonwealthinstitute.org.