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THINKBIG 2020 Results

Date posted: February 17, 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in THINKBIG 2020! We are grateful for your passion and commitment to racial equity and inclusion in Stark County.

2020 was a pivotal moment in our country shining a bright light on issues of race and racism. Stark Community Foundation felt it was vital that we, as a community, dive deeper into one of the topics discussed in 2019’s THINKBIG– inclusion. The week-long, virtual THINKBIG centered on racial equity and inclusion was held October 4-10 and spurred nearly 50 diverse conversations across Stark County.

Following the conversations, participants were asked to complete a short survey about their thoughts about the community, their discussion and the BIG ideas they have to move our community forward. A total of 165 surveys were completed and analyzed by The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan Northeast Ohio think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

View 2020’s THINKBIG highlights and ideas »

What’s next?

Virtual Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Workshop
As part of Stark Community Foundation’s commitment to advancing racial equity and inclusion and in response to top community needs identified during 2020’s THINKBIG conversations, the Foundation is partnering with ThirdSpace Action Lab to offer four Racial Equity Institute (REI) workshops in 2021. The first live “Groundwater” workshop will be held virtually on Monday, March 22 from 9 a.m. – noon.

During this three-hour introduction to racial equity, participants will deepen their understanding of structural racism and racial disparities. The Groundwater workshop uses stories and data to present a perspective that shows how racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the workshop introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.

This virtual workshop is open to the public, but registration is required and capacity is limited. Public registration will go live on February 24. Be on the lookout for an email invitation on February 24.

Continue the Conversation
We encourage you to review the 2020 THINKBIG highlights and BIG ideas and then continue the conversation with your family, friends, colleagues and peers. If you’d like our staff to be part of your ongoing discussions, please invite us. We’d be happy to join! Contact us »

Keep us Informed
Did you or your organization implement or plan to implement one of the BIG ideas discussed at THINKBIG? Tell us! We’d love to know if these engaging discussions sparked change in our community. Keep us informed »

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