2020 TJCOG Regional Summit Series What's Equity Have to Do With It?

The first-ever virtual Triangle J Council of Government Regional Summit (& fourth annual!) will deep dive into the impact of government policies and practices on equity in the Triangle, providing tools and best practices from across the region and country along the way. Choose from five workshops, or attend all of them, and get ready to learn about the ways equity is directly linked to community engagement, supporting older adults and their health, policing, and growth. Check out this great outline of why government's role is critical to an equitable community here.

Separate registration required for each. Interested in registering a group? Email Alana Keegan, akeegan@tjcog.org.

Scroll down to register and learn more about each session's focus, speakers, and presenting sponsors.

Session 1: Local Government & Equity

September 17th, 10-11:30 am

Early bird registration ends Sept. 8th

Workshop Leader: Sharon Williams, City of Durham, Racial Equity & Inclusion Manager

Let's start at the basics. Do you know how local government and equity are related to one another? Are you seeking ideas for making policy and budgetary decisions through an equity lens? Hear from practitioners working to institutionalize foundations of equity in their government organizations. Part-training, part-workshop, part-self-reflection. Recommended as a precursor to additional Summit sessions.

Presenting sponsor

Six Questions & Answers with Sharon Williams

Session 2: Development, Growth, & Equity

September 24th, 10-11:30 am

Early bird registration ends Sept. 14th

Speakers: Abigail Langston, PolicyLink, Program for Regional and Environmental Equity; James Crowder, PolicyLink, Senior Associate

Yes, the Triangle region is growing. More importantly, are we growing in an equitable and inclusive manner? Presenters will examine the numbers that seek to answer this question, and lead discussion with local communities and partner organizations working to rethink public sector approaches to growth.

Presenting Sponsor


Equitable Growth Profile of the Research Triangle Region

Session 3: Community Livability For All

October 1st, 10-11:30 am

Speakers: Michelle Wright & Karinda Roebuck, Chatham Health Alliance; Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, NC Institute of Medicine

Early bird registration ends Sept. 24th

If there's anything the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it's that our communities must rethink our approach to better support our oldest and must vulnerable residents. Hear from organizations in our region and state that have already started this process. Panelists will outline the changing approaches in North Carolina to improve coordination of services, health outcomes and quality of life in an equitable way.

Session 4: Equitable Community Engagement

October 8th, 10-11:30 am

Early bird rate ends Sept. 28th

Speakers: Rattana Sengsoulichanh, City of Minneapolis, Senior City Planner; Shari DavisParticipatory Budgeting Project Executive Director

Engaging with residents for feedback and input is key to the success of any project or community decision. Getting that input from every resident, including harder-to-reach communities, takes intentional action and strategies that find people where they are (rather than expecting them to come to the table). Speakers will share successful efforts and discuss ongoing challenges to ensure the community is represented.

Presenting Sponsor


Minneapolis 2040 Long-Range Plan Process

Session 5: policing Equity

October 15th, 10-11:30 am

Early bird rate ends October 5th

Speakers: Kevin J. Strom, RTI International, Center for Policing Research and Investigation Science; Monica Chapparo, City of Durham; Gordon Abner, University of Texas-Austin School of Public Policy

As departments face ongoing requests and demands for reform, they will be tasked with community-centered policing that not only requires increased interaction with the public, but direct implementation of community-requested ideas (evidenced by newly released policy frameworks). How can departments use data to track decisions and behavior, and ensure both align with community interests?


Defund the Police? How to Chart a Path Forward with Evidence and Data

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will sessions be recorded? Yes! Recordings will be provided afterward to attendees.
  • Who is considered a member of TJCOG? Employees of these local governments are considered members.

The Regional Summit in the News

Triangle J Council of Governments to Host Summit Series Focused on Equity

Questions about the Regional Summit? Contact Alana Keegan at akeegan@tjcog.org


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