Part 1: What’s White Got To Do With It? Disrupting Race-Based Inequities in Well-Intentioned Nonprofits

Common Good Vermont is partnering with North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for this 2-part Zoom webinar:

What’s White Got To Do With It? Disrupting Race-Based Inequities in Well-Intentioned Nonprofits.

PART 1* Register for each webinar separately.

Key moments in United States history have established whiteness as the default, the norm, the supreme culture. This webinar will explore the socio-political and historical contexts of whiteness and how the white dominant culture by which most nonprofits operate was constructed and has been upheld through policy, legal decisions, and Eurocentric cultural values. Participants will have a chance to explore their own roles as gatekeepers within their organizations and how they can disrupt race-based inequity by leveraging their own individual and collective power.

Please register separately for Part 2 on June 5, 12-1:30 pm

This webinar is part of the Center’s initiative, Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits, to address racial and generational leadership gaps in the nonprofit sector and the policies, practices, and culture that exacerbate them.


Courtney Parker West (she/her/hers/ella) is a consultant, writer, community organizer, and educator. She serves as National Managing Director, Leadership Development Strategy with Teach for America, co-leads the Multiracial, Multiethnic, and Jewish resource groups on staff, and is a DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusiveness) practitioner. She began her career with TFA teaching middle school language arts in Vance County, and was a founding member of the Eastern North Carolina chapter of The Collective, TFA’s alumni of color association. She then joined the staff on the Eastern NC regional team as a teacher coach during which time she leveraged an anti-oppression, liberatory consciousness framework, and interactive learning experiences for prompting reflection and leadership development in novice educators. Courtney then became Director of Alumni Impact – Racial Equity & Values-based Leadership in the region, launching the Wake County Equity Coalition, relaunching the regional chapter of The Collective and Prism (the organization’s LGBTQ advocacy organization), and organizing the first-ever multiregional gathering for alumni of color in North and South Carolina.

Courtney is a board member for Safe Schools NC, and a writer whose work has been featured in Daily Dot, Catalogue Magazine, and Huffington Post. She is also a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness consultant for both Dimensions Educational Consulting and her own consulting organization, Racial Equity & Community, which she co-founded in 2016. A Leichtag grant recipient and alum of the Selah fellowship, she often engages in intersectional antiracist organizing for and with Jews of Color around issues of equity, power, inclusiveness, and colonization.

Courtney graduated as a first-generation college student from the University of Iowa where she triple-majored in religion studies, creative writing, and English (with a minor in African American studies). She lives in Zebulon with her spouse who is a school leader and community organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. She is the proud auntie of nine nieces and nephews, loves Star Trek, and Afro-futurism, and cannot wait for Avengers: End Game to come out.