Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL)
REAL is a community coalition, open to all who invested in building a safe, equitable, antiracist community where all can thrive regardless of the color of their skin, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, or any other aspect of identity. REAL envisions a community that embodies inclusion, equity, and justice as values central to identity. REAL is committed to building a safe community where all people experience dignity and respect, and all are welcome with kindness and belonging.
REAL’s monthly Community Coalition Conversations are an entry point for community members to engage in honest and frank discussions. Participants pre-register and enter a forum where the community begins to grapple with challenging topics with open minds and hearts. Participants are encouraged to return each month to expand on shared ideas and collaborate towards ending deep rooted racism.:
- Second Wednesday of each month (next conversations 2/10 and 3/10)
- Each month a different theme is explored, led by a facilitator.
- To be added to the invite list, email REALamoilleVT@gmail.com.
REAL subcommittees are volunteer community members who dedicate time on their personal anti-racisit educational journey, as well as one of the four subcommittees below. Members meet virtually one evening a month to plan, discuss strategies, and organize actions to respond to community needs. Groups grow through individual outreach and connections made during REAL Community Coalition Conversations.
REAL Business seeks to promote and facilitate principles of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, across age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is to help create more inclusive workplace cultures that welcome and foster a sense of belonging for all, and effectively connect our businesses and organizations to the customers and communities that we serve.
- Chair: Jen Daniels, REALbusiness@gmail.com
- Meetings occur on a monthly basis. Email chair for dates
REALCivics & Law Enforcement envisions a community where people of all identities are respected and safe inside and outside their homes and throughout Lamoille County.
- Acting Chair: Sara Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meetings occur 5:30 on the first Wednesday of the month
REAL Communication and Action group is focused on amplifying existing activity, facilitating connections for new ideas, and making sure that people who are looking to connect are able to.
- Chair: Meg Connors realcommunityVT@gmail.com
- Meetings occur 5:30 on the third Wednesday of the month (next meeting 2/17 & 3/17)
REAL Schools statement: “We envision a shared school culture across Lamoille County in which the safety, dignity, humanity, and lived experience of every student and family are honored, protected, and celebrated equitably regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or any other aspect of identity. We recognize and name that the safety, protection, and voices of the youth, families, and community members of Lamoille County are our primary priority and will be centered in all that we do.”
- Co-Chairs: Saudia LaMont, Hannah K. Miller REALschools@gmail.com
- Meetings occur 5:30-7 on the fourth Thursday of the month
- Click here if you are interested in a BIPOC Affinity Space.
BIPOC Affinity Space for youth and adults to develop a sense of self while living in a predominantly white state and country.
- February 27, 1-3
REAL Steering Committee: Jen Daniels, Maria Davies, Kate Donnally, Rabbi David Fainsilber, Lisa Hagerty, Saudia Lamont, Rachel Moore, Sara Moore, and Hope Sullivan